Welcome to the Collaborative Academy


The Collaborative Academy is the Training and Continuing Education portal for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. It is the Forum and information exchange of the New Collaborators Division. The Division was created to help new CFLCW members and practitioners under 40 learn from each other and interact with experienced practitioner mentors. 


The introductory training in the Collaborative Process is scheduled to be held at the Center for Graduate Studies at Carroll University in Waukesha. The 2018 edition will include a revised and update curriculum, including

  • the facilitative model for the client team;
  • appropriate models - and circumstances - for the use of neutrals;
  • live 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.

This 2018 edition will include all new material, trainers, as well as new video and instructive media.

Visit the Building Blocks home page for complete details.

The Collaborative Academy is also the second step in your collaborative training. Five times during the year, Collaborative Academy members will participate in a 60-minute roundtable discussion 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.

2017 graduates of Building Blocks are automatically enrolled in the Collaborative Academy. All CFLCW members may attend!

Here is the 2017/2018 Academy Schedule*

The sessions are 1 hour, starting at 12 Noon, earn attorneys 1 CLE  and are lead by a moderator. There are specific issues that the moderator will raise with the group. All Academy sessions are FREE to all CFLCW members; the sessions and credits are now a benefit of your membership; 5 credits per year at no cost.

Madison area sessions are held at Boardman & Clark, LLP at 1 S. Pinckney Street on the Square, and the Milwaukee area sessions are held at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP 1200 N Mayfair Road, Milwaukee. Maps of both locations are posted below.

August 17, 2017
Talking to Clients About the Collaborative Process
Download Materials for this Session

October 19, 2017
Forming the Team and Communicating within the Team 

December 14, 2017
The Ethics Cafe - New Standards Issued June, 2017

Downloads for December - Ethics Cafe Questions and the complete IACP Ethical Standards

February 15, 2018
Tough Cases – What I Wish I Would Have Known 

April 19, 2018 - Both Milwaukee and Madison Area Sessions have been cancelled and will be rescheduled
Using Collaborative Tools and Affiliate Member Services

* Topics may be adjusted; however dates are confirmed.

Madison Area Academy Session - 1 S. Pinckney Street

Milwaukee Area Academy Session - 1200 N Mayfair Road

New Collaborators Committee Mission:

The purpose of the new collaborators committee is to provide resources and networking opportunities for young and new collaborators.   Our goal for 2017 is to create an environment that will keep new collaborators involved in CFLCW by providing them available resources and tools to build a successful collaborative practice and create new collaborative cases.  In conjunction with the Collaborative Academy’s schedule of events, this committee will provide additional outlets where both new and inexperienced practitioners or affiliates members can informally discuss the core principals of collaborative divorce process and find their own niche within this group of professionals.  Any informal meetings will be open to all prospective members and affiliates.  Please keep an eye out for these additional discussion opportunities available throughout the 2017-2018 Academy schedule. 

If you or prospective members have any questions about the New Collaborators Committee or collaborative divorce in general please feel free to contact Gerard Zielinski directly at 414-294-4755.