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2015 Introductory Collaborative Training



In this step-by-step, interactive three-day training, attendees will learn the Collaborative Law approach to conflict resolution and how to incorporate this revolutionary process into their practice.  This program will be valuable to all professionals interested in transforming their dispute resolution practice, including attorneys, financial specialists, mental health professionals, and mediators.

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is a structured, supportive process that helps parties reduce conflict and reach a fair resolution out of court.  A dispute resolution approach that offers an important and effective alternative to litigation, Collaborative Law practice is rooted in a “paradigm” shift away from a zero-sum, adversarial approach and towards an interests-based, facilitative process. Attorneys and other professionals work as part of an interdisciplinary team to engage clients as joint problem-solvers and help clients come to a reasoned resolution that meets the clients’ core needs.

The Collaborative Law process may be used to resolve conflict in all types of matters, including family, business, and probate disputes.   The team of professionals involved will vary depending on the type of matter.  In the family law model, for example, each client is represented by a Collaboratively-trained attorney, while a neutral mental health professional, or “coach,” facilitates the negotiations and manages the process and a neutral financial specialist provides economic projections and sophisticated tax analyses.  Other Collaboratively trained neutral specialists may be included where needed.  In business or probate disputes, the Collaborative team will be appropriately structured to provide clients with the information, guidance, and support necessary to negotiate mutually-beneficial outcomes.

Benefits of Attending

Participants will take away the robust basic skills necessary to begin handling matters Collaboratively, as well as tools they can implement to continue their development as Collaborative practitioners.  Participants also immediately become part of a growing, cutting-edge international community of Collaborative practitioners. This training meets the standards set forth by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), and those completing this training are eligible for membership in the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the IACP.


Lectures, demonstrations (video and live), role plays, and panel discussions will include these topics:

  • Elements of Collaborative Law Practice
  • Making the “Paradigm Shift”  - Moving from an Adversarial Mindset to a Collaborative Mindset
  • Interests-Based Negotiation
  • The Interdisciplinary Team in the Collaborative Process
  • Ethical Considerations and Dilemmas
  • Overcoming Challenges in Collaborative Law Practice
  • Incorporating Collaborative Law into Your Practice


The faculty consists of professionals with national and international reputations as leading trainers in the field of Collaborative Practice

Gina Arons, Psy.D.

Jonathan E. Fields, Esq.

Dawn Dweir Effron, Esq.

Justin Kelsey, Esq

Amy H. Martell, Esq.

Jessie L. Foster, MBA, CFP®, CDFA

Lynda J. Robbins, Esq.


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Tuition:  By September 8, 2015:  $650**

                After September 8, 2015:  $750**

Lunches and snacks included

**. Prospective members must complete this training BEFORE they apply for MCLC membership.  New trainees who join MCLC by November 2, 2015 will be eligible for $100 discount on membership dues

Member Rate: Current MCLC members only are eligible for a $100 discount on tuition.  If you have been a member of MCLC previously, you may renew before registering and be eligible for the discounted member rate.

 MCLC MEMBERS: To get the member discount, please log in and return to this page BEFORE you click the "Register Now" button.

Payment Methods: Credit cards/PayPal only. Sorry, no checks.

Cancellation Policy: A fee of $75 will be charged for all cancellations, regardless of cause.  If MCLC is notified of cancellation on or before September 24, 2015, MCLC will refund the applicable registration fee less the $75 cancellation fee.

                  No refunds will be granted after September 24, 2015.

Tuition Assistance:  A limited number of partial scholarships are available through MCLC Recipients must pay full tuition in advance and will be reimbursed for the scholarship after course completion.  Find out more about Winik Scholarships.  Deadline for scholarship applications is September 15, 2015.

Continuing Education Credits:  

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions. Attendees completing this program receive 18 continuing education hours of credit.

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Psychologists receive 18 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB approval status: Active. CES maintains responsibility for the program. Social Workers should contact their regularity board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 18 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa. CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 18 CE hour of credit.

Additional Information:  Final instructions and materials will be emailed shortly before the training.  If you have questions, please email

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October 1, 2015 8:30 AM through October 3, 2015 3:30 PM
300 Trade Center
McLane Law Offices--Suite 7000
(For GPS purposes, use 100 Sylvan Road)
Woburn, 01801
United States
Event Fee(s)
Per Person $750.00

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