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Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training – November 9, 10, 13, 14, 2023

November 9, 2023 @ 8:00 am - November 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

$350.00 – $650.00
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Introductory Interdisciplinary
Collaborative Practice Training

4 half-days via Zoom

8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday, November 9, 2023
Friday, November 10, 2023
Monday, November 13, 2023
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Presented By Program Trainers:

Kim L. Duell, Esq.
James G. Russell, C.P.A.
Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D.

As we continue to engage in a “virtual” and Hybrid court structure, our collaborative trainers have developed an online collaborative divorce training that introduces professionals to a process that enables couples to complete their divorce without ever stepping into a courthouse. Lawyers, licensed mental health professionals, and financial specialists work together as a team to help families reduce conflict, exchange financial data, and resolve legal issues. This training meets the minimum standards established by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). For those who have taken the 40 hour family mediation training, this is an excellent “next step” in obtaining the training necessary to meet the membership requirements of IACP and CCND. For those who have not taken the mediation training, this course may be taken first, followed by that training, which is offered annually by CCND.

The collaborative model is a non-adversarial approach, interest based path to divorce that differs from mediation, arbitration, and other dispute resolution options.

Training Topics will include:

  • How to make the paradigm shift from a litigation model to a collaborative model
  • The stages of a collaborative case
  • The roles of each member of the professional team
  • Ethical considerations for each of the professions
  • The roadmap of a collaborative case

Participants will learn:

  • The process and substantive skills for completing a collaborative case
  • The basic components of interest based negotiations
  • How to work effectively within the interdisciplinary team
  • Strategies for dealing with impasse
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • Basic assessment tools for determining the right process for clients.

This training offers a unique opportunity for a series of one-hour follow-up sessions with the trainers, which are included in the registration fee. The course is both challenging and rewarding for participants. it is highly interactive and includes opportunities to learn and practice new skills in small groups and role play exercises. Participants will expand their repertoire of services to offer future clients. They will meet allied professionals and colleagues and have valuable networking opportunities.

This training meets professional training requirements for membership in both CCND and IACP.

Continuing Education

**It is your ethical responsibility to report accurate hours of participation to your licensing or certifying board or organization.**

**This event is being co-sponsored by the Connecticut Psychological Association for CCND. The Connecticut Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Connecticut Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program.

Download our Collaborative Divorce Practice flyer.

Program Trainers:


Kim L. Duell, Esq.

Attorney Kim Duell has practiced family law for 38 years, constantly seeking better ways to support families going through divorce and separation. She has extensive training, practice and teaching experience in collaborative divorce, and mediation. For decades, Kim has advocated passionately for the children of divorce, as a GAL and AMC.

She is a member of two practice groups, Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association of Greater Hartford (www.collaborative-divorce.com) and Collaborative Divorce Professionals (collaborativedivorceprofessionals-ct.com)

Kim has presented at the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and local bar association and practice group workshops on a variety of topics.
Her goal is to shift the culture of family dissolution in Connecticut, and provide an array of options to clients and families with an emphasis on problem-solving and improving communication skills for all during this difficult time.

Attorney Duell’s law practice is in Manchester, Connecticut, where she brings her knowledge and love of peacemaking and mindfulness, to the world of Family Law.

Learn more: www.kimduell.com


James Russell

James G. Russell, C.P.A.

Mr. Russell has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. He has assisted in family law matters for over 20 years. Jim has extensive experience in financial planning and tax laws pertaining to family law and has performed valuations for businesses and pensions. A graduate of Bryant University, Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) and holds an Accredited Business Valuation Certificate. Jim is also past chairman and current member of the Peer Review Committee for the CSCPA.

Learn more: www.russellcompanycpa.com



Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D.

Dr. Thayer is a licensed psychologist at Beacon Behavioral Services LLC, West Hartford, Ct. She is trained in mediation and collaborative divorce and has many years of interdisciplinary experience as a mental health collaborative divorce coach. She is a founder or the Collaborative Connection of Connecticut practice group and a Co-Chair of the International Association of Divorce Professionals Trainers Committee. She is co-founder of the PEACE Program, a parent counseling program for parents of divorce and the co-author of two publications: The Co-Parenting Survival Guide and Adult Children of Divorce.

Dr. Thayer provides individual, group, couples and family therapy and mediation and has given numerous presentations, workshops, and trainings for professionals. She is on the Board of the Children’s Law Center, Copper Beech Institute, and a former board member of CCND.

Dr. Thayer is dedicated to working with divorce families to reduce conflict and support a respectful transition through out of court collaborative agreement.

Learn more: www.beaconbehavioral.com


November 9, 2023 @ 8:00 am
November 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
$350.00 – $650.00
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