2013 Interdisciplinary Family Collaborative Practice Training (Tampa, FL)
|A unique, interdisciplinary collaborative divorce training that presents the Collaborative Process step by step, from the client’s first contact with counsel through the execution of the parties’ settlement agreement. It is a creative and innovative approach that provides a toolbox of readily usable skills. The attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals all remain together throughout the training allowing each professional to understand the role and the integration of each discipline in the process. The training presents an actual case filled with twists, turns, drama and surprises that keep the attendees engaged while teaching the necessary basic skills.|
||Price: Attorneys, Financial Professionals & Mediators: Basic Two Day:$550.00
Advanced One Day: $275.00
Three Day Package: $775.00
Mental Health Professionals:
Basic Two Day: $370.00
Advanced One Day: $185.00
Three Day Package: $520.00
|Starts:||3/21/2013 00:00 8:00 a.m.|
|Ends:||3/23/2013 00:00 5:00 p.m.|
|Location:||The Tampa Club
101 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33602
|Contact:||Christina Y. Brown
|Description:||Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to a traditional Court model. It is a non-litigated, non-adversarial process that utilizes an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals. The team, made up of two Collaboratively trained attorneys, one mental health professional and one financial professional, work together with the parties in a series of joint meetings to help the parties resolve all of the issues in their divorce. The parties voluntarily agree to abide by a non-litigated process: no depositions, subpoenas or opposing experts. The attorneys advocate for their clients, but share a common goal of facilitating mutual agreement between the parties. Financial costs are frequently lower and the emphasis is on cooperation and privacy. Through the Collaborative Process, the parties are empowered to control their own divorce instead of someone else dictating to them what they must do. Either party may “opt-out” and pursue traditional litigation, in which case the entire interdisciplinary team is disqualified from representing the parties in court.|
|Presenters:||ROSEMARIE S. ROTH, ESQUIRE
Rosemarie S. Roth has been a family law practitioner for the past 24 years and has specialized in collaborative family law for the past ten years. Promoting collaborative law has become a passion for her as evidenced by her daily efforts in promoting the process to colleagues and clients as well as informing the general public about the benefits of the process to divorcing parties. After founding the Collaborative Family Law Institute in 1999 and serving as its president until 2009, Rosemarie turned her efforts to developing the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida where she now serves as its first the president. The counsel will serve as a clearing house for trainings in the state and develop an agenda that will benefit collaborative practitioners throughout Florida. She has lectured on Collaborative Law for the Florida Bar in several continuing education programs, for the Florida Chapter of the AFCC, for the University of Miami Law School and numerous civic and professional groups. She has presented trainings to new Institute members, law students and the collaborative community. She co-authored the chapter” Collaborative Law” in the Florida Bar CLE handbook, Dissolution of Marriage. Her efforts to give credibility and legitimacy to the collaborative process in the state was evidenced in her work to have a rule and a statute as she served on the Florida Bar Family Section Mediation and Collaborative Law Committee and the Legislation Committee.
LANA M. STERN, PH.D, P.A.
Lana M. Stern, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She has been in private practice in the Coral Gables, Florida area for the past 25 years. She is a member of American Psychological Association, Florida and Dade County Psychological Associations the Florida Chapter of the AFCC and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She has been a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute of Miami for the past 7 years and is the immediate past Vice President. She is the Chairperson of the Mental Health Committee and serves on the Education committee and on the Board of Directors. She is the Miami-Dade delegate representing Mental Health for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida. Dr. Stern has served as an educator, counselor, and trainer in the Dade County Public Schools. She worked for Drake, Beam, Morin, an outplacement corporation, as a Career Consultant and corporate trainer. She has expertise in treating depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, child sexual abuse and works with couples/divorce counseling, individuals, adults and adolescents. She taught the divorce education course for divorcing parents as part of a private group “Positive Transitions”. She was an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, supervising Master’s level, Mental Health and School Counselors during their Practicum and Internship years and was Adjunct Professor at University of Miami Law School in the spring of 2012 co-teaching the first workshop in Collaborative Law. She has worked extensively in collaborative family law cases as the neutral mental health professional. She co-authored the chapter “Collaborative Law” in the Florida Bar CLE handbook, Dissolution of Marriage. Dr. Stern co-founded with Rosemarie Roth, Esq. the Florida Collaborative Trainers, an interdisciplinary training group in 2011.
ROBERT J. MERLIN, ESQ.
Attorney Robert J. Merlin is a partner in the Law Offices of Robert J. Merlin, P.A. and the President of the Collaborative Family Law Institute. Practicing law in the State of Florida for thirty (30) years, Mr. Merlin is Florida Bar Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and specializes in marital and family law, especially collaborative family law as a means of amicably dissolving marriages and resolving family disputes. He is also a member of the Board of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Parenting Coordinators Advisory Board and the University of Florida Levin College of Law Center on Children and Families Advisory Board. Mr. Merlin is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Family Lawyers of South Florida and many other legal associations. He also has a long history of involvement in various community organizations, and is a past chair of Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc.
EDWARD S. SACHS, CPA/ABV, CrFA, CFF
Mr. Sachs has spent over 20 years as a forensic accountant building an expertise in litigation and valuation matters. After four years with a national accounting firm and four and a half years with a large local firm, he spent ten years in solo practice assisting attorneys and clients throughout South Florida in the analysis and presentation of complex accounting and valuation matters in the litigation arena. Mr. Sachs joined the firm of Appelrouth Farah & Co. in 1999 as Director of the Litigation Services Department supervising all business valuations, forensic accounting and ad valorem tax appeals handled by the firm. He serves as an expert witness in Federal and Circuit Courts and as a forensic accounting and valuation consultant to legal counsel. His experience as a Neutral Forensic Accountant in traditional cases has enabled him to work as a Neutral Financial Professional in collaborative cases.
Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay(CDITB)
Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group (TBCDG)
|Further Program Info:||
Collaborative Training Registration Packet.pdf|
|Trainer verifies that he/she meets IACP Minimum Standards for Collaborative Trainers|
|Trainer verifies that training meets IACP standards for Basic Training|
|Trainer verifies that training meets IACP standards for Interdisciplinary Training|