Stepping Forward Into Mastery: Shifting Paradigms and Harnessing the Power of Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration

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An advanced seminar series that will expand, and even transform, your understanding of the profound differences between traditional advocacy that focuses on resolution of legal disputes, and values-driven interdisciplinary collaborative teamwork that focuses on deep and durable resolution of divorce-related family conflicts. All seminar sessions will be taught by Pauline H. Tesler, co-founder and first Board President of IACP and one of two recipients of the American Bar Association’s first “Lawyer as Problem-Solver” award.

Completing an introductory collaborative training is an important step through the doorway into collaborative divorce practice, but we know that without a structured program for more advanced learning after you’ve handled some collaborative cases, it can be difficult to see, much less leave behind, the habits of mind and practice that actually stand in the way of building the vibrant collaborative practice you dream of.  

Ask highly successful collaborative professionals for the secret for how it is that their clients choose collaboration while yours do not, and you’re likely to hear answers that will surprise you.  They don’t talk about marketing or branding or social media, because important as those activities can be, they are like lipstick on a pig if you haven’t yet developed a profound internal understanding of the power of interdisciplinary team collaboration.  That’s what we call the “paradigm shift,” and guiding you toward experiencing that shift is what this seminar aims for.

Testimonials from professional colleagues:

“For me, it's long been Pauline more than anyone else who rocks my world. I’ve come back from her workshops time and again with paradigm shifting insights. I can’t tell you how many times I've reinvented my practice, incorporating new stuff she taught." Roy Martin, Bellingham, WA

“Pauline is clearly an extraordinary teacher, trainer and guide and finding such a teacher, for me, has been a highlight of my career. … As the pre-eminent thought leader in the area of interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Pauline has the rare ability to help seminar participants apply insights and teachings from subjects such as behavioral economics, psychology, and brain science to enrich and enhance our approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative conflict resolution." Mark Soboslai, Westport, CT

…a supportive teacher and a brilliant mind at the forefront of both deep and new thinking about collaboration and conflict resolution. She has a gift for synthesizing complex ideas into clear language.  I can't overstate how highly I value all the training and study I have done with Pauline." Marguerite Picard, Victoria, Australia

"In my eyes, Pauline is not just a thought leader in our collaborative community, but remains one of the few people that humbles me with how much more I feel there is to learn in the collaborative work that we do. …  Taking a training with Pauline, and taking her lessons and insights to heart, means taking a step closer to your goal of being the collaborative professional that you aspire to be." Adam Berner, New York, NY

Course Objectives:

  • To develop a step-by-step, in-depth understanding of the structure and technique of collaborative team conflict resolution practice during the “Opening Moves,” “Midgame,” and “Endgame” phases of a collaborative divorce.
  • To mine your own collaborative case experiences for important lessons about interdisciplinary teamwork:  what works, what doesn’t work, and why.
  • To identify unexamined habits and assumptions about your professional role and responsibilities during divorce negotiations that may be holding you back from experiencing the remarkable power of interdisciplinary collaborative teamwork.
  • To build an authentic, confident and highly personal sense of conviction about the unique opportunities and values that a collaborative team divorce can offer for clients and their children as compared with any other way of obtaining professional help through a divorce, so that when you talk about it, clients will want it.

Seminar Date and Time
Date(s): 9 monthly sessions commencing May 23, 2024 

Time: 4-6pm PDT / 7-9pm EST on the last Thursday of each month, for a period of nine consecutive months (It is acknowledged that some of these classes may fall on a holiday, so attendees will determine final schedule with instructor)
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This course will be taught by skilled trainer Pauline Tesler
When registering, you will be asked to confirm completion of an introductory interdisciplinary training that complies with the IACP minimum standards for such training. 

It is recommended to have completed 1 to 3 collaborative cases to benefit fully from the seminar.

Continuing Legal Education Credit Available:
Total Credit Hours: 18
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credit hours: General: 15 hours
 plus Legal ethics: 1 hour, and Civility : 1 hour and Wellness: 1 hour. 

California Certified Family Law specialization credit: 18 hours consisting of 14 hours general credit plus 4 hours credit in “Psychological and Counseling Aspects of Family Law” 

Accredited In: California
You may be able to self-apply for credits in other states and countries. Note that partial credit is not available.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants in the confirmation email.
Participants are expected to participate in ALL online sessions to be eligible to receive a certificate of attendance. The sessions will not be recorded.

Registration is open to active IACP members only
IACP members: US $1500.00


May 23rd, 2024 4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Seminar 2024 Member Fee $1,500.00