Strategic Training and Group/Team Facilitation for Collaborative Practice Groups, Boards & Executives, and Collaborative Practitioners


Within the Collaborative Practice community, building and sustaining the productive relationships necessary to our professional practices and our Collaborative community is as important as continuing to learn and develop our skills with our clients.

Our Collaborative Practice groups are complex systems of interrelated activities and relationships. Strengths or vulnerabilities in one aspect ripple out into many others, which then go on to impact others. This can be positive such as new insights, great teamwork, new practice ideas or an influx of referrals, or negative such as discouragement, difficult clients, conflict between colleagues, ineffective teamwork or low membership renewals.

In order to continue to evolve, Collaborative Practice groups need information and experiences that increase competencies and the successful resolution of problems in all aspects of these complex and interrelated systems. As in all systems, all positive steps have a ripple effect, increasing the energy and vitality your group.

Integrating the experience of over 70 trainings in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice in 7 countries, with powerful tools from the domain of Organizational Development and 20 yrs of experience in facilitating communication, I offer training and group facilitation to Collaborative Practice groups that address all aspects of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice. This includes all levels of Interdisciplinary CP training plus team building, self-awareness, group development, communication for preventing conflict, conflict resolution as well as strategies for moving group decision-making from debate to dialogue and discussion.

What participants have said about Susan’s training:
"Outstanding program" - Lawyer, 32 years
"Susan is a special talent." - Mental Health Professional, 23 yrs.
"Great interaction, great demos, excellent participation" - Attorney, 15 years
"Very responsive to audience concerns; excellent organization."
Mental Health Professional, 30 yrs
"Very practical.” - Lawyer
"Comprehensive, trusting atmosphere" - Mental Health Professional, 30+ years
"Susan makes learning fun. Her ability to manage a large group is exceptional.
Great combination of didactic and experiential" - Mental Health Professional, 12 years


A. Building Productive Relationships in Collaborative Practice Groups and Teams
- Increase your Team IQ
- Increase team trust and safety; Reduce defensiveness
- Prevent unnecessary conflict
- Understand Your Response to Conflict When It Occurs
- Help your colleagues get ‘the best’ of you
- Learn about the vocational profiles of different CP professionals
- Change debate to dialogue and discussion
- Improve the efficiency of your CP board, executive or working groups
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B. Training in Interdisciplinary CP
- Introductory or Advanced Training
- Transition to Interdisciplinary Practice
- With local or external trainers
- Strategic training for well-established groups
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C. Advanced Training in Divorce Coaching
- Learn to transition your couple therapy clients to CP
- Develop Your Therapy Practice as a Port of Entry into CP
- Learn Divorce Assessment and Planning
- Examine your theoretical orientation to divorce coaching
- Learn to shift your approach as conflict increases
- Increase your competence with the ‘Not-entirely-voluntary-client’
- Balance the tasks and therapeutic opportunities of divorce coaching
- Learn techniques that can extend your reach into more populations
- Form a therapeutic team with your child specialist
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D. Supervision
I provide supervision either as a follow up to training or on an individual or small group basis. Telephone or Skype are my preferred methods of communication. Supervision time is charged at an hourly rate. Contact me for more information on supervision.

Creating the Best Experiences for Your Practice Group
As CP practice groups are interrelated systems, problems at one level or in one area of the practice group can negatively impact other levels and areas of the practice group. Likewise, improvements in one part of our interrelated practices can enhance other parts.

A systemic assessment of your group will inform the focus and duration of the training. Ideally, several areas needing support or improvement can be addressed over several days, leaving your group energized and ready to take steps on several levels that compliment and enhance each other.

Sample Training Sequence
- Day 1: Whole group Team IQ training
- Day 2: Executive or board team IQ integration and keeping discussions on track
- Day 3: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (with strategic focus)
- Day 4: Advanced topics in divorce coaching
- Post training supervision and support

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