Interdisciplinary Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training and Advanced Workshop

Date and time: 
January 26, 2023 - 10:00pm to January 28, 2023 - 9:45pm
Event type: 
Educational Opportunity

Introductory Training Program:

This two day Intensive Training for both novice and experienced collaborative practitioners includes a complete introduction to Collaborative Family Law theory, practice and skills.  Practice development considerations, ethics and an overview of a multidisciplinary collaborative practice are addressed alongside the benefits of relationship building for lawyers, mental health professionals, mediators, and financial specialists.  Fees for two day program are below.  Includes Advanced Workshop and lunch both days as well as a one year membership to the Collaborative Law Association of Rochester (CLARA).  Upon completion, practitioners are certified to take cases.

Advanced Workshop:

Optimizing Outcomes:  Taking paradigm shifts to a whole new level, handling uncomfortable situations for clients and professionals, expanding neutral roles and accountability in high conflict cases, and maximizing satisfaction for all involved.


80 Linden Oaks, Suite 310  Rochester, NY 14625


Diana Deyo-Ryan, Esq. has been a collaborative attorney since 2001. Diana has been involved with
the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area since its inception, serving on the Education
Committee, as a member of the Board of Directors, and as the current President. She is published in
the collaborative publication “Understanding Collaborative Family Law.” Diana has been named a
“Best Lawyer in America” for her work as a collaborative lawyer since 2009, and a “Best Lawyer in
the Rochester Area.” Diana is an experienced speaker and trainer in the areas of family law and
collaborative practice. She uses a client centered approach to help divorcing and separating couples
reach the best possible outcomes with constructive negotiations. She is committed to helping clients
transition with dignity and respect, through a process that is grounded in their own values.

Renee LaPoint, MS is a mediator in private practice and the owner of The Mediation Center, Inc. She
is the President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. Her background is in the mental
health field and she graduated from Syracuse University with an MS in Counseling. Renee joined
CLARA, the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, in 2014 as a neutral facilitator for the
collaborative process and is a member of the IACP. She currently serves on the Board for CLARA as the
Education Chair and has helped develop the new “Limited Means” collaborative model that CLARA
started piloting this year. The model allows access to the collaborative law process for families who
may have previously not had access due to limited income. Renee enjoys working as a member of a
team for conflict resolution and is committed to helping couples and families create lasting agreements.

Donna Maier, CDFA, CVA Donna M. Maier is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, working with
individuals who are faced with the issues of divided marital assets and altered cash flow due to
divorce. A commercial banker for more than 20 years, her credentials include an MBA in both Finance
and Marketing. She has also received her designation as a Certified Valuation Analyst, or CVA, from
the NACVA to conduct closely held business valuations for clients. She has been involved in many
collaborative trainings, and on a national/international level, and worked on hundreds of collaborative
cases. Donna is a member of the IACP, IACLP, and past president and board member of the Collaborative Law
Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA).

John Sobraske, LMHC, LMFT is an experienced psychotherapist with nearly twenty years in the field.
His training focused on family systems, object relations, psychoanalysis and attachment, and he is an
expert in adoption. His practice includes work with children and adults, couples and families, including
those facing divorce. Difficult foster and adoption cases provided an introduction to the complex
interaction of psychology and law. John strongly believes that the legal process can benefit from an
informed psychological perspective and the application of psychotherapeutic skills to conflict. This led
John to become intensively involved in Collaborative Law where he regularly works as a neutral coach
and facilitator.

Kevin R. Clark, Esq., MBA is an experienced collaborative attorney who focuses his practice on
matrimonial and family law. He has successfully established collaborative law as the primary focus and
center of his practice. His background in business and consulting for The Gallup Organization and ten
years of experience as a litigator gives him a well-rounded and unique perspective of how to initiate
clients into the collaborative process, effectively work with the collaborative team while advocating for
the client throughout the process.

Contact email: 
Renee LaPoint 585.269-8140
Price info: 

Introductory Two Day Program:  By January 16, 2023  $525  After January 16, 2023 $575

Half Day Advanced Workshop:  By January 16, 2023  $110  After January 16, 2023  $125