Welcome to the Collaborative Academy

The Collaborative Academy is the Training and Continuing Education portal for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. The Academy was created to help new CFLCW members and practitioners learn from each other and interact with experienced practitioner mentors.

The Collaborative Academy is also the second step in your collaborative training. Five or six times during the year, Collaborative Academy members participate in periodic webinars 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.

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

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The Spring 2017 Issue of the Collaborative Review, in an article entitled A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, the author discusses the challenges professionals face as they make the shift for a collaborative mindset, and process, in their practice; a shift that is extremely easy to discuss in casual conversation yet difficult in actual application.

The article can serve as a road map for you as you begin your practice, or re-energize it after any number of delays or variations.

Beginning in 2022, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing will be a tool in the Introductory Training of Collaborative Practice held by CFLCW as "Building Blocks."



The Collaborative Academy sessions are open to all CFLCW members. They are online (Zoom) sessions held over the Noon hour or in the hour on either side. Registration is required - See links below

Whenever possible CFLCW does apply for continuing education credits via the Board of Bar Examiners. As dates and panelists are finalized all members will be notified by email.

Here are sessions planned for 2023:

MARCH 15, 2023 – 12 Noon to 1 PM 

Using a Facilitator in Collaborative Cases:
How a Facilitator Can Improve the Collaborative Process for Your Client & the Team
Moderator - Janice Wexler, JD
David Low, LMFT
Sue Schramka, Psy.D
Elizabeth Bach-Van Horn, JD


APRIL 25, 2023 – 11 AM to 12 Noon 

Domestic Violence and Interdisciplinary Teams
What Interdisciplinary Client Team Members Need to Know for the Team and the Clients
Moderator - Casey Holtz, Ph.D
Elizabeth Matola, MSW
Jolene Schneider, JD
Marta Meyers, JD


JUNE 2023

Collaborative Ethics and Practice:
The New CFLCW Standards
Moderator - Sandra Eugster, Ph.D.
Rhonda Hazen, JD
Scott Wildman, CPA

MAY 18, 2023 - 12 Noon to 1 PM

What I Wish I Would Have Known
Lessons Learned from Experienced Collaborators and How to Manage the Changing Family Law Environment
Moderator - Kim Ripp, JD
Gaylene Stingl, CPA
Greg Hildebrand, JD
Carlton Stansbury , JD


Collaborative Academy - Past Sessions

The following sessions are available on the Academy's YouTube channel. If you wish to receive Continuing Collaborative credit for viewing, please leave a comment at the end of the video.

Coming Soon - Access to all previously paid broadcast webinars and meetings. Watch for details soon.