Building Blocks, June 13/14, 2019

June 13 & 14, 2019 at Carroll University, Waukesha


The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin (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, we created the Collaborative Academy – a dynamic new extension of your initial training that continues throughout your first year of your Collaborative Practice.  In 2017, we added training on the emerging models of the Collaborative Practice, such as the “facilitator model” and “one-coach model.”  In 2018, updated training included actual case “demos” and a greater emphasis upon the practical application of the Collaborative Process.

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 60 minutes in length. The Academy offers a total of 5 continuing education credits, 1 of which is an Ethics credit. 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 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/Client Intake
  • Forming the Team and Communicating within the Team
  • What the Team needs to know about the Facilitative Approach
  • Ethics & Collaborative Practice
  • How to Deal with Complex Issues and Tough Cases
  • How to effectively use the Collaborative Tools