Announcing the 2018 Edition of Building Blocks
June 14 & 15, 2018
The Graduate Studies Center at Carroll University  Waukesha, WI

CFLCW debuted its acclaimed interdisciplinary basic training “The Building Blocks of Collaborative Family Law” in 2004. Since then, the training content has been consistently updated with new material and concepts. In 2016, new material focusing upon interest-based negotiations was included, along with the creation of the Collaborative Academy – a dynamic new extension of your initial training that continues throughout your first year of Collaborative practice. In 2017, we added training on the emerging models of the Collaborative Practice, such as the “facilitator model” and “one-coach model.”

Building Blocks is the initial component of the training required of Collaborative Professionals. It is then followed by the 5 Collaborative Academy continuing education sessions on the practical aspects of Collaborative Practice. The sessions begin about 60 days following the Building Blocks session, are held approximately every other month, and each are 90 minutes in length. The Academy offers a total of 5 continuing education credits, 1.0 of which is an Ethics credit. Participation in Building Blocks and the Academy will provide a comprehensive and detailed exposure to the Collaborative Process. 

Pursuant to action of the CFLCW Board of Directors, all NEW members of CFLCW are able to the attend the 2018 CFLCW Annual Meeting on November 1, 2018 at no cost. The “first year” Annual Meeting registration fee is now included in the new member Initiation Fee. Please let us know if you have any questions.

The 2018 edition will include new material, new trainers, as well as all new video and instructive media. The  revised and updated curriculum, includes

  • the facilitative model for the client team;
  • appropriate models – and circumstances – for the use of neutrals;
  • training demos taken from real world cases;
  • practical client/team exercises that help you practice collaboratively;
  • ways to handle team and client stress points and challenges; and
  • how different approaches to client teams make the process work for their situation.

With Building Blocks, you will learn

  • The basic steps in a collaborative divorce
  • The role of each professional team member
  • Skills to effectively conduct client interviews
  • Skills to avoid impasse
  • Ethical considerations impacting collaborative practice
  • How teamwork enhances the collaborative process

The Academy sessions will cover topics such as

  • Talking to Clients about the Collaborative Process
  • Forming the Team and Communicating within the Team
  • Ethics & Collaborative Practice
  • How to Deal with Complex Issues and Tough Cases

A registration form is available for download here. Online registration is also available on the Building Blocks Registration Page. 


You may also download a descriptive flyer to provide to colleagues and others that may be interested in becoming a Collaborative Professional.

All Building Blocks activity will be at the Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies
2140 Davidson Road
Waukesha, WI 53186
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