June 13 & 14, 2019 | Center for Graduate Studies
Carroll University, Waukesha,WI

The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin (CFLCW) debuted its acclaimed interdisciplinary basic training “The Building Blocks of Collaborative Family Law” in 2004.

Building Blocks is the initial component of the training required of Collaborative Professionals. In 2017, we added training on the emerging models of the Collaborative Practice, such as the “facilitator model.” Starting in 2018, the training followed an actual case from start to finish, and the training modified to provide a greater emphasis upon the practical application of the Collaborative Process.

In 2016, we created the Collaborative Academy – a dynamic new extension of your initial training that continues throughout the first year of your Collaborative Practice. The five Collaborative Academy online continuing education sessions focus upon 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 60 minutes in length. Participation in Building Blocks and the Academy will provide a comprehensive and detailed exposure to the Collaborative Process.

With Building Blocks, you will learn the basic steps in a collaborative divorce:

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

Building Blocks is held at the Center for Graduate Studies at Carroll University. The CGS is on Davidson Road and you can view a map of the location here. The registration fee covers all materials, a continental breakfast and lunch on both days, and the training manual.

If traveling from outside the Milwaukee area there are a number of hotels nearby. Please contact us if you need help.

The 2019 Building Blocks Training Team:

Megann Hendrix, JD | Rebecca Oettinger, JD | Grant Zielinski, CDFA | Kathy Gehl, PhD | Jill Klotz Flitter, PhD | Casey Holtz, PhD | Sarah Whiting, JD | Graham Wiemer, JD | and Cecelia Oettinger, as "The Daughter."

The revised Building Blocks uses presentations and classroom style discussions as the training team presents the Case of Rebecca and Graham through the use of live demonstrations of each stage of the case. The case is based upon an actual collaborative divorce.

The Collaborative Academy

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The Collaborative Academy is the second step in your collaborative training. Five times during the year, Collaborative Academy members will participate in a 60-minute webinar led by experienced CFLCW members on practice tips and issues that arise in the Collaborative Process. Each topic has been formulated by those who have experience in the collaborative process.

2019 graduates of Building Blocks are automatically enrolled in the Collaborative Academy. All CFLCW members may attend and the topics range from Talking to Clients about the Collaborative Process to how to Deal with Complex Issues and Tough Cases.



CFLCW Member fee for this training is $350. Non-member fee is $595. Wisconsin Assn of Mediators members pay the CFLCW Member rate. Students may enroll at a special rate of $149*, as do current CFLCW Members attending under the “refresher rate.” The training includes up to 14 CLE, including 1.0 Ethics credit. Non-members who join CFLCW at the time of registration pay the Member rate, and are enrolled in the Collaborative Academy for the following 12 months . Joining CFLCW does require a one-time initiation fee and may be paid via optional installments prior to the training. *Proof of Student status is required and students may use a payment plan. Contact CFLCW for details at 414-358-9266

The 2019 CFLCW Annual Meeting

New Members also  receive a free registration to the 2019 CFLCW Annual Meeting on November 1. (Minimum of Seven CE credits) The meeting will feature a daylong session with Nina Meierding, JD, an internationally recognized expert on negotiations, mediation and collaborative law.

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, WI.
See a map of Ingleside's location here.