I have worked with children, teens, adults, and families for over 25 years in a variety of settings which include residential, day programs and outpatient mental health. I believe that in the general course of life things happen that are difficult and that at some point most of us will feel overwhelmed. Divorce can be one of those times.
In the Collaborative Divorce process I work as a Neutral Coach providing support and guidance to help to minimize conflict and enhance successful communication where both parties feel heard and respected. This is an emotional transition when big decisions have to be made. Families want to be able to respectfully discuss options and agree on decisions that are thoughtful and mutually beneficial.
As a Neutral Child Specialist I meet with the children and assist the parents to make the shift from a spousal relationship to a co-parenting relationship and to reach mutual agreements that will benefit the children. The Neutral Child Speicalist guides the parents to create a developmentally appropriate parenting plan for their family that is specific to their needs.
I am so glad we finally have an out of court divorce process that helps family members identify goals, have an equal voice, feel heard, and recieve the guidance they need to lay the groundwork for a future that is supportive of all of the adults and children involved.
Collaborative Divorce allows people to be their best person and to sustain a healthy approach to changing relationships at a time when this can be very difficult. My role is to provide clarification, assistance and support to the adults and children involved in order to successfully work through this emotional process.
|2010||Neuroscience in RelationshipsCoercive Control and/or Domestic Violence in Relationships||Dave Mathews||3.50|
|2009||Interest Based Negotiation in Conflicted Relationships||Chip Rose||6.00|
|2009||Family Law||Johnson, Rampi||3.00|
|2009||Mediation Training||Gourlay, Nevins, Mainzer||40.00|
|2009||Co-arenting and Parenting Plans||Clemmensen, Eaton||3.00|
|2008||Advanced Interdisciplinary Training||CLI Annual Conference||6.00|
|2008||Advanced Interdisciplinary Training||Linda Solomon||6.00|
|2008||Advanced Interdisciplinary Training||Linda Solomon||12.00|
|2007||Taking the War out of Words||Sharon Ellis Strand||14.00|
|2007||Children and Divorce||Constance Ahrons||3.00|
|2006||Advanced Interdisciplinary Training||Collaborative Divorce training team||7.00|
|2006||Advanced Interdisciplinary Training||Gamache/Smith||16.00|
|2006||Basic Collaborative Law Training||Collaborative Divorce training Team||1.00|
|2006||Basic Collaborative Law Training||Mattie, Clemmensen, Romanoff||4.00|
|2014||Attachment Security and the Divorce Process Internat. Ass. of Collab. Pract.||Lisa Alexander, LLB Yuval Berger, MSW||1.50|
- Neutral Child Specialist
- Neutral Divorce Coach
Postgraduate Education: University of Minnesota Masters in Social Work 1988
Law School: University of MN 1 year in 1984
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
- Clinical Director of Outpatient Mental Health at FamilyMeans
- Outpatient Mental Health Therapist
- Member Collaborative Law Institute (CLI)
- Past President of Collaborative Law Institute
- Member CLI Excellence Committee
- Member of International Association of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP)
- Member of CLI and past member of IACP Domestic Violence Committees
- Member National Association of Social Workers NASW