Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Profession(s)Mental Health Professional, Psychologist
For the last twenty five years, I have been working with clients who are struggling with marriage, separation and divorce. I have helped parents who are suffering high conflict in their divorce, have worked with children and teens whose parents are in the midst of separating, and I have provided services as a Collaborative Coach and/or Child Specialist during the last nine years. I have worked on more than 180 Collaborative cases at this point, with the vast majority coming to successful resolution.
One of the things that is most important to me as a divorce professional is to provide ongoing and consistent support to all of my clients. To me, support means both providing guidance through a very confusing time, offering input about emotional challenges for clients and their children, and offering myself as a sounding board for clients who often need to talk through ideas, options, and challenging decisions. I am equally dedicated to helping both fathers and mothers in their efforts to remain fully engaged parents and in their efforts to learn how to parent effectively even though they are getting divorced. I believe parents CAN protect children from many negative impacts of divorce if they are informed, reassured, and strengthened.
I am a founding member of the Collaborative Professionals Training Institute (CPTI), a tri-state faculty of professionals who offer basic and advanced trainings throughout the country. In September, 2010, I co-founded the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington, a suite of offices where attorneys, mental health professionals and financial experts share space and work side by side on Collaborative ventures. Finally, I have co-authored two books with Kate Scharff, one titled Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce; A Guide to Enlightened Team Practice. That book was published in October 2010. A second book, Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce; A Multidisciplinary Guide to Excellence in Practice and Outcome was published in October, 2016, also by the American Bar Association Press.
Professional ActivitiesPast President -- DCACP (DC practice group) ~Board Member --DCACP - Chair of Education Committee ~Co-Chair -- CPNV - (Northern VA practice group) ~Faculty Trainer --Collaborative Professionals Training Institute - CPTI ~Co-Founder -- Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington ~
1979 B.A. with Honors - Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA
1988 Ph.D. -- Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Introduction to Parenting Coordination - 3 Day Training Sponsored by AFCC
Advanced Training in Parenting Coordination -- The Role of Fathers -- 2 Day Training Sponsored by AFCC
Workshop on Working with Parent Alienation -- 3 Hour Training Sponsored by AFCC
5-Day Mediation Training with Gary Friedman
CommentsI have been working with attorneys, financial neutrals, and other mental health experts throughout the tri-state area (VA, MD and DC) over the last six years. I have participated in over 80 cases and have served both as a Divorce Coach and a Child Specialist. I have worked both as a sole Mental Health Neutral and as one of two Divorce Coaches. During the last two years, I have provided trainings to professionals who want to learn the Collaborative approach, and have found the spread of Collaborative throughout America to be thrilling. I believe the Collaborative model of resolving disputes is a creative, inspiring, supportive, and effective way to help people move through the challenging process of divorce for a wide variety of clients and situations. I also find that Collaborative teams are uniquely able to listen to the voices of the children in each family, and to give those children a chance to be heard. Children I have worked with during the very difficult time of their parents' divorce have expressed relief that they are able to talk about the experiences they are having with people who can help their parents help them.
As part of the CPTI faculty of trainers, I offer introductory trainings in multidisciplinary team practice, intermediate trainings in skill building in a hands-on experiential model called 'Boot Camp', and advanced trainings in the emotional dynamics of divorce, screening collaborative clients, creating parenting plans, and working with high conflict clients. Finally, I co-lead 30 hour interest based negotiation and mediation skills trainings with several other CPTI faculty members.
6 Hour Intro to Parenting Coordination; -
3 Day Multidisciplinary Team Training in Collaborative Practice; -
One Day Training in Advanced Collaborative Skills: 'Boot Camp'; -
2 Hour Presentation in Emotional Dynamics of Divorce; -
3 Hour Presentation in Navigating Emotional Landmines in Collaborative Divorce; -
6 Hour Training on Creating a Deep and Durable Collaborative Parenting Plan; -
30 Hour Interest Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills for Collaborative Professionals
Advanced Collaborative Skills -- Boot Camp -- Oct 2008, Oct 2009 --Lead Trainers: Jamie Lapin, Lisa Herrick;
3 Day Interdisciplinary Team Training -- May 2009 - Lead Trainers Lisa Herrick, Lonnie Broussard, Frank Morrison, Lisa Schenkel;
30 Hour Interest Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills for Collaborative Professionals -- Feb and Nov 2009; November 2010 -- Lead Trainers, Frank Morrison, Lisa Schenkel, Lisa Herrick;Barb Burr; Lonnie Broussard; Creating a Deep and Durable Parenting Plan, May 2010 -- Lead Trainers, Lisa Herrick, Kate Scharff, Barb Burr, Jan White
3 Hour Presentation - Navigating Emotional Landmines in Collaborative Divorce -- Oct 2009 - Lisa Herrick and Kate Scharff;
2 Hour Presentation - Emotional Dynamics of Divorce -- Nov 2009 -- Lisa Herrick, Adele D'Ari, Jan Hembree
Mary Pence, Esq. Washington DC Feldesman, Tucker
David Tyson, LCSW Vienna VA
Frank Morrison, Esq. Lynchburg, VA
Dillina Stickley, Esq. Harrisonburg, VA
Susan Gamache, PhD Vancouver, Canada