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The Collaborative Divorce team created the role of the Collaborative Divorce Coach. Since its creation, this role has allowed family therapists to work along side family lawyers and financial planners within Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice teams.

This Collaborative teamwork allows divorce coaches to bring their education and experience to separating and divorcing couples in order to support the successful resolution of the problems of the separation, including legal agreements. When children are involved, this also includes working to establish a co-parenting relationship and parenting plan that can maximize effectiveness and minimize conflict for the future of the family, especially the children.

The creation and development of the Collaborative Divorce Coach role opens the door to as yet unexplored therapeutic techniques, strategies and understandings that can serve to support our separating and divorcing families through this sometimes difficult transition. As we become comfortable in this interdisciplinary environment, we can increase the sophistication of our Collaborative Divorce Coaching practices in terms of our work with our clients, our team members and Collaborative Practice group members. We can also become more sophisticated in our relationship with the public, thereby becoming trusted ambassadors of Collaborative Practice for our local community.

The possible topics for this workshop include:

- Defining Divorce Coaching
- Understanding the similarities and differences between mediation, divorce coaching and traditional therapy
- Introducing separating therapy clients to Collaborative Practice
- Developing yourself as a port of entry for the public into Collaborative Practice
- Conducting ‘Divorce Assessment and Planning’ that matches clients with the appropriate legal and financial services
- Balancing the practical tasks and therapeutic opportunities of separation and divorce
- Understanding the possibilities and limits of divorce coaching
- Examining your theoretical orientation to divorce coaching
- Building a strong relationship with your new client
- Identifying therapeutic approaches for individual work vs joint work
- Identifying therapeutic strategies for your co-coaching team
- Learning to adapt your approach as conflict increases
- Increasing your competence with the ‘Not-entirely-voluntary-client’
- Connecting your coaching clients to the rest of the team
- Forming a strong therapeutic team with your Child Specialist, Collaborative Lawyers and Financial Specialist
- Using this format for couples in post agreement conflict

The rich traditions of family therapy provide a backdrop for divorce coaching that can inform and support us to become more effective in supporting families through the transition of separation and divorce to achieve the maximum well-being with the minimum conflict for the future of the family.

This workshop agenda can be modified as needed to fit the unique experiences, strengths and concerns of your group.

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