Following several months of debate and research, the Board of Directors had created a revised Associate membership category. Associate Members will be able to supplement a Collaborative team in specific, limited professional roles and provide their skills as appropriate for a given case.

Beginning with the 2023 membership cycle, the Membership Committee will review applications for membership from those professionals eligible for Associate Membership.

With these changes, Associate members must:

  • complete Building Blocks training;
  • meet the same professional standards as Practitioner Members; and
  • pay dues consistent with Practitioner members.

As Associate Members, they will appear in the Directory of members available to practitioners.

An example of an Associate Member might be an attorney with a practice focused primarily on estate planning. He or she would not serve as the client attorney in a collaborative case, but the team could engage that Associate in a limited role to assist the team and the clients.

There may be any number of Associate Member categories. Practitioner members may list themselves in any Practitioner or Associate Member category for which they meet the CFLCW qualifications. For example, an attorney Practitioner may also list himself or herself as an estate planner or mediator in the Associate category. The same is true for mental health professionals that might be available for referral as a therapist.

This revamped approach has the potential to not only expand the Council’s membership, but also the training and educational programming offered to all members, allow members to assume various roles in the process and encourage members to refer to professionals they know are trained and committed to the Collaborative Process.

Any member or person interested in Associate Membership may contact us at

Parent CoordinatorNoneYesAttorney or Mental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
Co-Parent CounselorNoneYesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
TherapistMental Health Professional*YesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
Child TherapistMental Health Professional*YesMental Health Practitioner per CFLCW requirement
MediatorNoneYesAttorney, Mental Health or Financial Practitioner per CFLCW requirement with minimum 40 hour mediation training
Consulting AttorneyLicensed Attorney in WisconsinYes
Estate PlannerLicensed Attorney in WisconsinYes
*Mental Health Professional means the following education/degree/licensure:
Ph.D Psychologist
Psy.D Psychologist
LCSW [ Licensed Clinical Social Worker]

LMFT [Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist]
Masters, Marriage & Family Therapy
LPC [Licensed Professional Counsellor]