Building Blocks- Dates to be Announced


Training Postponed Until 2021. Details to be announced
Center for Graduate Studies
Carroll University
2140 Davidson Road Waukesha, WI 53186

If you  join CFLCW at the same time as your registration, you should pay the Member rate, which is $380. You are automatically enrolled in the Collaborative Academy for the following 12 months. Joining CFLCW does require a one-time initiation fee. See detailed information below.

Fee for the training without joining CFLCW is $655.
Wisconsin Association of Mediators members pay the CFLCW Member rate of $380
Students may enroll at a special rate of $159*,
Current CFLCW Members may attend under the $199 “refresher rate.”

*Proof of Student status is required. Contact CFLCW for details at 262-844-0015.
Prefer to pay by check? Contact Susan via email at

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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. The training includes up to 14 CLE.

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

CFLCW Member Initiation fees are one time fees, as follows: Attorney – $400, Financial Specialist – $300 and Mental Health Professional – $250. Initiation fee may be paid via optional installments. See initiation fee product if you wish to pay online.

Former CFLCW Members may attend for $199 plus prorated dues for 2020.  Please contact Susan for details and help if you are a former member.

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