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.


This introductory training session will to help you:
♦Recognize and utilize the basic steps of the collaborative process with clients;
♦Identify and apply your unique skills in a collaborative case given your professional expertise;
♦Explain to clients your role in the process, depending upon the team model used;
♦Prepare clients and team members for the facilitative role/manager in the case;
♦Assess how you must revise your approaches to client communications and your colleagues;
♦Analyze, apply and use a client-centric process to resolve client/family issues and conflict; and
♦Plan your transition from advocacy or diagnosis to neutrality and the client driven solution

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.

If you join CFLCW at prior to or at the August, 2021 training session, the fee for this training is $380. Every new member of CFLCW also pays a one time membership enrollment fee. This one time fee covers the following:

the cost of posting your profile and information on the CFLCW website,

your dues for the remainder of 2021,

the 5 Collaborative Academy sessions in 2021/2022 and reduced admission to the November 11, 2021 CFLCW Annual Meeting.

This totals approximately 22.0 continuing education credits in the August 2021-July 2022 time period.

This one time enrollment fee is as follows: Attorney – $400, Financial Specialist – $300 and Mental Health Professional – $250. This one-time fee may be paid in installments if you wish; please arrange that by contacting us via email. The application for membership may be downloaded here. The total Membership cost is the sum of the $380 training costs and the one time membership enrollment fee.

Professionals who are members of the ACR-Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Association of Mediators) may complete the training for $380. If mediators that qualify wish to join CFLCW, the enrollment fee applies.

Current CFLCW members may attend under the "refresher rate" of $199.

Students may attend the training for a special rate of $159. Students who qualify to join upon graduation and wish to do so must pay the enrollment fee, but installments for that fee are available. *Proof of Student status is required. Contact CFLCW for details via email.

Individuals that only wish to attend the training and are not planning to join CFLCW pay the non-member rate of $695. Attending this training as a non-member means you will not be listed as a collaborative professional and current CFLCW members will not be notified of your training.

Cancellation Policy: All fees must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the training. Payment may be made online at this website.  In the event you cannot attend after paying your applicable fees, we will refund your payment less a $75 processing fee if the request is made in writing/e-mail at least 10 days prior to the training. Because of venue contractual commitments, we cannot refund any request received after 5 PM CDT on August 2 , 2021.


Attorneys, Financial professionals (CPA, CDFA, CFP) and Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, etc.) This is an introductory/beginning level training program.


Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Brian H Jensen, Executive Director, CFLCW, 1288 Summit Avenue, STE 107 Box 106, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 for submission to CES. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.


Training facilities provided through CFLCW are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact Susan Phillips, CFLCW Administrator at or the address listed above.


 Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions: psychologists, social workers, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. CFLCW will seek approval from the Wisconsin State Board of Bar Examiners for CLE.

Psychologists: CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: CES is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: CES is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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 sessions 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.

2021 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.

The information on this page is required to be disclosed to you as part of the approval of this training for continuing education credits. An application for approval of continuing education credits has been submitted to Commonwealth Educational Services. As of May 14, 2021 the application is pending and has not yet been approved.