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Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, May 11-12

ICLEF has partnered with the IACP to provide a comprehensive two-day training that will help legal, mental health and financial professionals gain a strong foundation in Collaborative Practice. Taught by a highly experienced interdisciplinary team, the training focuses on the skill sets of each profession and the integration of those skills in the process. Participants will be introduced to the theories, practices, and skills needed to begin a Collaborative practice. This program will also be helpful to those who wish to refresh their initial Collaborative training experience and deepen their understanding, while networking with other colleagues in the Collaborative community.

No need to travel far….
ICLEF is bringing Internationally acclaimed trainers Mariette Geldenhuys, Barbara Hummel and Lisa Schnieder right here to the Hoosier state to teach a two-day Introductory Interdisciplinary Training, which meets IACP Standards and is designed to provide you with the foundation necessary for success as a Collaborative practitioner.

What will you learn?
• How the collaborative team process works, the professionals involved and the wisdom of teams
• Advocacy in a collaborative context and understanding advocacy needs
• The importance of neutrality
• Understanding of interest-based negotiation
• Knowledge of Spectrum of Interest/ Core Concerns
• Facilitation of an initial client meeting and how to explain the process
• Overcoming resistance and perspectives of fairness
• Comprehensive Team Protocols,  screening and process design
• Professional team preparation and critical debriefing

What is the IACP?
The IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.

Vision: Transform how conflict is resolved worldwide through Collaborative Practice.

Mission: IACP supports Collaborative Practice as a conflict resolution option worldwide by:
• establishing & upholding the essential elements, ethical & practice standards of Collaborative Practice;
• fostering professional excellence by educating and providing resources to Collaborative practitioners;
• leading and integrating the Collaborative community; and
• promoting the growth of Collaborative Practice.

Our IACP trainers are experienced pioneers in Collaborative Practice
Lisa Schneider has participated in the establishment, growth and on-going training of Collaborative Practice Groups around California’s Bay Area since 2002. She regularly presents at annual California Collaboration Conferences and is a part of a Collaborative Divorce Training Consortium, training practitioners nationally and internationally. Lisa believes that sharing experiences and learning from other financial specialists is instrumental in the development of the financial professionals’ role in Collaborative cases. She is an active member in many associations and committees, and is the recipient of the 2013 Eureka award in recognition of her commitment and dedication to Collaborative divorce.

Mariette Geldenhuys is Founder and Past President of the Ithaca Area Collaborative Law Professionals (IACLP), Mariette brought Collaborative Law to the Ithaca, New York community in 2003 and has actively promoted its growth and expansion. She designed public education presentations and instituted a mentoring program for newly admitted attorneys for the IACLP.  Mariette has presented Collaborative Practice training (both basic and advanced training) since 2006 in New York, New York; Ithaca, New York; Anchorage, Alaska; Dutchess County, New York; and Binghamton, New York. She has been a workshop coordinator and presenter at the Annual Forum of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals from 2005 through 2010. She was also a presenter at a symposium on “No Borders, No Barriers: Legal issues for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients and their families in the United States and Canada” in Niagara Falls, Canada, in June 2006.

Barbara Hummel, M.Ed., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1988.  Before beginning her Collaborative work, Barbara conducted Effective Parenting seminars for 15 years, authored numerous articles addressing family issues and communication skills and appeared on local television and radio segments focused on topics related to effective parenting, successful co-parenting relationships, stepfamilies and divorce.  Barbara began working as a Family Relations Specialist in the Collaborative process in 2001 and became a family mediator in 2004.  Her work focuses on assisting couples and families resolve their differences and develop more respectful relationships.  Barbara is a past Co-Chair for the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals in Cincinnati, OH, and has served on the local board for over ten years.  Currently, Barbara is a faculty member for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.


Come as a team and SAVE as a team!
To help make the decision to attend less of an economic one, and to promote the significance of the “interdisciplinary team approach” in Collaborative Practice, ICLEF extends an opportunity to join us as a team and save.

After the initial registrant, save 50% on each additional registration for our training when you register to attend the training with another professional colleague!  In other words, as many as three interdisciplinary colleagues can attend for the tuition of two!

For example, if you as an attorney register to attend at full tuition, when you invite a Financial Professional and/or Mental Health Professional to join you, they may attend at 50% off the standard tuition.

Pass along the savings or share the savings with your colleagues and enhance the training experience for you all!

$450 standard tuition (includes Credit Hours, Training Materials, and Refreshments)

$225 colleague tuition – available when professionals register together, after one professional registers at standard tuition. (includes Credit Hours, Training Materials, and Refreshments)
       – Use Discount Code “colleague” to save 50% on second registrant tuition
– Use Discount Code “colleague2” to save 50% on second and third registrant tuition


Introductory Interdisciplinary
Collaborative Practice Training
12 CLE / 12 CME – May 11 & 12

– ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis



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The Essentials of Family Law – This Friday – Dec. 16

* Perspectives from the Bench
– Magistrate Kimberly D. Mattingly & Magistrate William P. Greenaway

* Top 10 Family Law Cases from 2016
– Teresa A. Griffin

* Conducting Discovery for a Final Hearing and/or Mediation, with Forms
– Jonathan R. Deenik

* Ethical Considerations for Different Types of ADR: Mediation, Arbitration, & Parenting Coordination
– Elisabeth M. Edwards, Lana Pendoski, & Carol Terzo

* Negotiated Final Documents & Finalization of a Decree, with Forms
– Jason P. Hopper

* GALs & their Role in Family Law
– Vanessa López Aguilera & Jenna L. Heavner

Teresa Griffin, Chair
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis

Magistrate William P. Greenaway
Hamilton County Superior Court #6, Noblesville

Magistrate Kimberly D. Mattingly
Marion County Superior Court, Indianapolis

Jonathan R. Deenik
Deenik Law LLC, Greenwood

Elisabeth M. Edwards
Wanzer Edwards PC, Indianapolis

Jenna Heavner
Mallor Grodner LLP, Indianapolis

Jason P. Hopper
Cordell & Cordell P.C., Indianapolis

Vanessa Lopez Aguilera
Lopez Law Office, Indianapolis

Lana Pendoski
Newton Becker Bouwkamp Pendoski, P.C., Indianapolis

Carol Terzo
The Mediation Option, Indianapolis

6 CLE / 1 CME / 1 E – Friday, December 16
9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

– ICLEF Conference Center, Indianapolis

– Ice Miller Law Office, Indianapolis

– From your home or office computer


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The Power & Challenge of Teams in Collaborative Law, Nov. 17

New to the ICLEF curriculum! Whether formally trained in collaborative law or looking to learn more, this will be a wonderful forum to explore the process…

Our faculty includes internationally recognized collaborative law educators Nancy Cameron and Yuval Berger leading a day-long workshop environment that will address the collaborative team process.


Collaborative Practice involves working in teams, whether it is a team of two collaborative lawyers and two clients or a full interdisciplinary collaborative team working with two clients. In this one day workshop, we will explore the strength of teams, the importance of the team’s cohesiveness when working with conflict, and how to have productive conversations with your clients about involving an interdisciplinary team. As we strengthen our team practice and take on more challenging cases, team challenges are inevitable. This day will also give you an opportunity to work with some of the more challenging aspects of teamwork, to learn about the characteristics of the most successful teams and help build strategies to take home to your practice.

We will explore how:
* we inevitably bring our own values & professional identity needs into our work with colleagues and the impact this may have on the team:
*  to begin cases with team mates in ways that will maximize the chance for successful outcomes;
*  to keep our focus on the children when we have an allegiance to one of the parents;
*  to protect against splitting and becoming positional in the team, and strategies to address a split in the team after it has already occurred to build strategies to talk with a colleague whose behavior we feel is misguided, or even unethical;
*  to handle the tension of making space to give voice to our client’s concerns while at the same time protecting our relationship with each of the team members; and
*  to address a behavior by one of the team members, who may be our friend a well as our professional colleague, which undermines the ‘team spirit’.


Moderated by Internationally Recognized Collaborative Practice Professionals:

Nancy Cameron
Nancy J. Cameron, Q.C., Vancouver, British Columbia

Yuval Berger
Family Therapist & Divorce Coach, Vancouver, British Columbia


The Power & Challenge of Teams in Collaborative Law: Working Together to Resolve Disputes
6 CLE / 6 CME / 7.2 CPE / 6 CEH
Thursday, November 17,  9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

– ICLEF Conference Facility, Indianapolis


ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

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Law Tips: Top 10 List for a More Successful Mediation

How do you insure that your mediations have the best results possible? Do you have a routine that starts your client out on the right foot? During a recent CME for Family Mediators workshop, Alicia Gooden, The Mediation Group, Indianapolis, offered these well-honed pointers for a more successful mediation:

A. Prepare as you would for trial: Discovery, evaluations, income information, child support printout, appraisals.
B. Prepare your client: discuss the best/worst-case scenarios, strengths and weaknesses of the case, making sure they understand the realistic possible outcomes.

2. Discuss the mediation process with your client so they have a general understanding before they arrive. Talk to the client about the mediator himself/herself.

3. Send a confidential statement to the mediator- even if just a brief email. If there is a really difficult client or unique facts/background, ask for a telephone conference with the mediator or meet privately before the mediation.

4. Send all balance sheets to the mediator in advance in excel. This will save time during mediation.

5. If you want to be efficient, work on a draft of an agreement during the mediation.

6. If you are asking for fees, don’t wait until the last minute to bring that up as an issue.

7. Have any experts available during the mediation, i.e., business valuators, appraisers, other financial experts.

8. If you have a time deadline for the day, tell the mediator at the beginning of the session.

9. Don’t substitute your own opinion or view for that of your client. Listen to what your client is telling you about his/her priorities are. (This is also the job of the mediator.)

10. Have a good attitude about mediation!!


Hopefully this review gave you some food-for-thought. I appreciate Alica Gooden sharing her expertise in mediations with Law Tips readers. ICLEF has a wide array of choices for improving your mediation skills and techniques. Whatever level or type of training you require, we’re here for you. Keep an eye on the latest programs by checking our library often. You can choose mediation training as live seminars, video replays, CD-ROMs, electronic documents or publications. Click Here to see a full list of upcoming Mediation seminars.


About our Law Tips faculty participant:
Alicia A. Gooden co-founded the Family Practice Division of The Mediation Group LLC, Indianapolis, in April of 2010. She serves as a mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator. In her conflict resolution work, Alicia features skills, perspective and insight gained from nearly ten years on the family court bench. Alicia was appointed Master Commissioner of Marion Circuit Court, Paternity Division in February of 2001. In her role as Commissioner, Alicia presided over custody, parenting time and support issues, and supervised all of the child support enforcement dockets, in paternity cases. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Alicia was an associate attorney at Kiefer and McGoff, in Indianapolis, Indiana, practicing in the areas of family law and criminal defense.


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