Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $180 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/31/2020

Information

A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the October 2017 webcast, Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce.


Why Attend?

  • View separation and divorce, and your role as an attorney, in a whole new light
  • Learn techniques from our experienced faculty to guide your clients effectively through a divorce proceeding

Approved for 3.0 hours of Continuing Mediation Education Credit (Family)

More CME Information

Divorce is best viewed not as failure, but as a developmental crisis in the life of a couple and a family. Seen through this lens, fraught moments in any divorce process carry transformative possibility. Handled well, they offer opportunities for clients to face their fear of loss, to let go of anger, to accept personal responsibility, and to get in touch with a hope for a better future. When clients can accomplish some of these tasks, they are not only moving from positions to resolutions, but they are also mastering developmental challenges. In this seminar, the speakers will offer a theoretical model for creating and sustaining the conditions for change that facilitate such mastery and enable clients to end their divorce process stronger and wiser than they were before.

Topics covered include:

  • What is meant by developmental crisis?
  • Moving the developmental paradigm into our work as divorce professionals
  • Creating the three conditions for positive change that enable our clients to relinquish positions and move toward resolution
  • Establishing the two-part container (the “Microcontainer” and the “Macrocontainer”)
  • Leveraging the professional-client relationship to improve our effective work during a case
  • Getting to know our client before and during the divorce process
  • Understanding the rigidity-flexibility continuum of the parties in the divorce process
  • Understanding how our triggers, biases, assumptions, and conflict styles as professionals impact our work
  • Techniques that allow professionals to work effectively in the divorce process balancing between tending to emotion and moving forward on tasks
 

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Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Lisa R. Herrick, Ph.D., Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington / Washington, DC

Lisa Herrick is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children, families, and couples for more than 25 years.  Dr. Herrick’s practice includes psychotherapy, family mediation, collaborative divorce, and providing expert testimony in cases related to custody and parenting coordination.  She is a founder and principal of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington and has been at the leading edge of the collaborative practice movement.  Dr. Herrick is an internationally known trainer in parenting coordination, the impact of divorce on children, and working with divorcing couples in mediation, and collaborative practice.  She is the co-author (with Kate Scharff) of Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Practice, A Guide to Enlightened Team Practice (American Bar Association, 2010) and Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce (American Bar Association, 2016).  Dr. Herrick maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

Frank West Morrison, Phillips Morrison Johnson & Ferrell / Lynchburg

Frank Morrison is an attorney and mediator in Lynchburg.  He is a former Chair of the Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a former President of the Lynchburg Bar Association, a former Chair of the Family Law Section of Lynchburg, a former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section of Virginia State Bar, and a former Chair of Domestic Relations Council of The Virginia Bar Association.  Mr. Morrison has conducted numerous basic and advanced team collaborative practice trainings, and for the past 11 years has been an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, teaching negotiation and mediation and advanced negotiation and collaborative practice.  Mr. Morrison is the recipient of Founder Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia award, recipient of the Gardner G. DeMallie, Jr. Continuing Legal Education award, recipient of the Life Time Achievement award presented by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, and certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to conduct basic, juvenile, and domestic relations district court and family circuit court mediation trainings.

Kate Scharff, M.S.W., Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington / Washington, DC

Kate Scharff is an individual, couple, and family psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience.  She is also a senior divorce consultant, mediator, parenting coordinator, and collaborative divorce practitioner.  Ms. Scharff is a founder and principal of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington.  She teaches internationally on divorce, psychodynamic psychotherapy, parenting, and alternate dispute resolution.  She regularly conducts workshops and seminars for family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and multidisciplinary audiences.  Ms. Scharff is the author of many journal articles and book chapters, and of the books Therapy Demystified: An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Right Help (Marlowe & Co., 2004) and (with Lisa Herrick) Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce: A Guide to Enlightened Team Practice (American Bar Association, 2010) and Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce (American Bar Association, 2016).  Her pieces appear frequently in online and print media; she is a regular contributor to the divorce section of The Huffington Post.  Ms. Scharff maintains a private practice in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, MD.

Dillina Wimer Stickley, Hoover Penrod PLC / Harrisonburg

Dillina Stickley has extensive experience and skills in domestic cases focusing on complex equitable distribution, and uses a collaborative approach to domestic relations issues.  Ms. Stickley also maintains a diverse general civil practice focused on business, employment law, and personal injury.  She is a founding member and current Chair of Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley.  Ms. Stickley has assisted with mediation and collaborative practice training at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and as a trainer in several webcasts for the Virginia State Bar.  She is a Founding Member of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute.  Ms. Stickley is also currently a member of Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Chair of the Collaborative Law Section of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association.  She is a Past President of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Bar Association and Virginia State Bar Executive Committee for the Conference of Local Bar Associations. 

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