Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training

Date and time: 
October 1, 2021 - 8:00am to October 8, 2021 - 11:15pm
Event type: 
Introductory Collaborative Practice Training

Are you interested in helping your family law clients divorce in a less destructive manner? Collaborative divorce differs from litigation, pre-trial settlement, and even divorce mediation. It involves a Collaborative team approach in which attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial specialists join forces—without reliance on threats, demands, or the court—to support a couple through the divorce process and toward a new post-divorce relationship and way of life. 

This training consists of four days of live presentations, small break out group discussions, and large group discussions; there are also pre-recorded segments (approximately 4-5 hours) that you will be required to view before the live segments. Participate and learn:

  • Who makes up the Collaborative team?
  • An overview of the process and the Paradigm shift
  • How to present Collaborative as an option, and screen your clients for the process
  • Ethical considerations, the Illinois statute, confidentiality
  • How to establish a Collaborative team
  • Collaborative team meetings (types of meetings, who is involved, timing, agendas)
  • Debriefing at the end of the process
  • Collaborative Divorce Illinois (requirements, benefits)

Virtual: October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 each day, plus pre-recorded segments that you must view on your own before the live presentation.


Gabriela Asrow, JD, Hoffenberg & Block, Chicago

Anna Bush, JD, Bush & Heise, Barrington

Deanna Conklin-Danao

Tania Harvey, JD, Law Office of Tania K. Harvey, Wheaton

Todd Johnson, CDFA, Ameriprise Financial, Oak Brook

Eva Kogut, JD, Kogut & Wilson, Chicago

Jeff Kostis, CDFA, JK Financial Planning, Vernon Hills

Ellene Lammers, LCSW, Lammers Divorce Services, Vernon Hills

Jessica Malmquist, JD, Greenwich Law Group, Barrington

Patrick Markey, JD, Markey Law, Chicago

Rachel Moore, JD, Rachel Moore Law, Northfield

Gail Petrich, JD, PsyD, Chicago

Pamela Rak, LCSW

Brandi Ruffalo, CDFA, Valuation & Forensic Partners, Schaumburg

Jason Sposeep, JD, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, Chicago


Contact email:
Collaborative Divorce Illinois
Price info: 

$525 for attorneys and financial professionals; $425 for mental health professionals. A limited number of scholarships are available; contact for more information.