Lana Stern

Collaborative Family Law Institute

1450 Madruga Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
United States
Office Phone: 305 448-5006
Member since 2007
Membership Type: IACP

Profession(s)

Psychologist

LANA M. STERN, PH.D is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She is an active and enthusiastic proponent of the Collaborative Process and has worked extensively on Collaborative family law cases as the MHP/Facilitator. Her article, “Wolf in Sheep's Clothing”, has been published in both the Spring 2017 issue of Collaborative Review (The Journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) and in The Divorce Puzzle–Connecting the Pieces Collaboratively, (2017). Additionally, she has co-authored the chapter “Collaborative Law” in The Florida Bar CLE textbook, Dissolution of Marriage.
She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and serves on the IACP Trainers Network and Development Committee. She is a member of the International and Florida Associations of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute (CFLI) of Miami for 10 years and is a past Vice President. She serves on the CFLI Board, and also on the Education, Membership and Mentoring committees. She is the Miami-Dade delegate representing Mental Health Professionals on the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP), is presently serving on the Board of that organization and Chair of the Training Committee.
Dr. Stern has lectured statewide, nationally and internationally on the role of the neutral mental health facilitator in the Collaborative Process. In 2011, she co-founded “Florida Collaborative Trainers” an interdisciplinary training group, and has presented multiple 2-day basic and 1-day advanced trainings to attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals in Miami, Tampa, Gainesville, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Panama City, Jacksonville, New Hampshire and basic trainings at the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville and the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. She co-taught the first Collaborative Law Workshop at the University of Miami School of Law in the Spring of 2012.
Dr. Stern has been in private practice as a psychologist in the Coral Gables, Florida area for the past 30 years. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Florida and Dade County Psychological Associations. She has expertise in couples and divorce counseling, and she taught the divorce education course “Positive Transitions” for divorcing parents as part of a private group. She also manages and treats depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and child sexual abuse, counseling adults and adolescents individually or collectively. In 1993 she received the FPA “Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest” Award and DCPA “Certificate of Commendation” Award for her work in the area of Child Sexual Abuse. She has served as an educator, counselor, and trainer in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University for 6 years, supervising Master’s level, Mental Health and School Counselors during their Practicum and Internship. She also worked for Drake, Beam, Morin, an outplacement corporation, as a career consultant and corporate trainer. Dr. Stern can be reached at: (305) 448-5006, lmsternphd@aol.com, www.drlanamstern.com and http://www.floridacollaborativetrainers.com.

Area(s) of Practice: Psychology Marriage and Family Collaborative Divorce Mediation Parent Coordination
License(s): Florida Licensed Psychologist - PY 3769 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MT 215

Professional Activities

Member of the American Psychological Association, Florida and Dade County Psychological Associations, International and Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals and serves on the IACP Trainers Network and Development Committee. Member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute of Miami for the past 8 years and is a past Vice President. Serves on the CFLI Board, Mental Health, Membership, Mentoring and Education committees. Miami-Dade delegate representing Mental Health Professionals on the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida, presently serving on the Board of that organization and on the Advisory Board of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Parenting Coordinators.

Undergraduate Education

B.A. in Elementary Education at American University in Washington, DC

Postgraduate Education

M.Ed in Counseling and Guidance from University of Miami

Professional Education

Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Miami

Training Offered

Overview of Collaborative Divorce - 3 - 6 hours
Role of the Mental Health Professional in the Collaborative Divorce Process - Basic – Advanced 3hrs to 6 hrs.
Basic/Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Divorce - 2 days
Advanced Collaborative Training - 1 day
"Recognizing and Managing the Difficult Client"
"Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Professionals Who Haven't Quite Made the Paradigm Shift"
"It's Not All Talk - Communication Skills"
"Structuring the Collaborative Process"
"What Really is Interest Based Negotiation?"
"Who's in Charge? - The Brain and the Collaborative Process"
"The New and Empowered Role of the MHP"

Training Conducted

Tampa FL - Basic Introductory:  April 27 & 28, 2017
Miami FL - Basic Introductory: November 11 & 12, 2016
Miami FL - Advanced:  November 13, 2016
Miami, FL - WLRN Radio Presentation on Collaborative Process:  September 25, 2016
Panama City, FL - Basic Introductory:  July 9 & 10, 2016
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  March 19 & 20, 2016
Jacksonville, FL - Basic Introductory:  February 26 & 27, 2016
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  June 5 & 6, 2015
Orlando, FL - CFLCF Conference, Workshop, May 15, 2015
Boca Raton, FL - Basic Introductory:  December 5 & 6, 2014
Vancouver, BC - IACP Forum, 3 Hour Workshop:  October 25, 2014
Tampa, FL - FLAFCC & OSCA/FCC Conference:  October 18, 2014
Orlando, FL - CFLCF Conference, 2 Workshops:  August 1 & 2, 2014
Boca Raton, FL - Basic Introductory:  June 13 & 14, 2014
Miami, FL - WLRN Radio Presentation on Collaborative Law:  May, 2014
San Antonio, TX - IACP Forum, Workshop:  October, 2013
Manchester, NH - Basic Introductory:  June 7 & 8, 2013
Tampa Bay, FL - CFLCF Workshop, May 18, 2013
Tampa, FL - Advanced Workshop:  March 23, 2013
Tampa, FL - Basic Introductory:  March 21 & 22, 2013
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  November 9 & 10, 2012
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  November 11 & 12, 2011
Gainesville, FL - Basic Introductory:  July 15 & 16, 2011
St. Petersburg, FL - FPA  "Role of the MHP in Collaborative Divorce", July 2010
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  November 12 & 13, 2010
Miami, FL - Basic Introductory:  November 13 & 13, 2009
Palm Beach, FL - FPA  "Collaborative Divorce and the MHP", July, 2009

Collaborative Training Offered

Overview of Collaborative Divorce - 3 - 6 hours
Role of the Mental Health Professional in the Collaborative Divorce Process - Basic – Advanced 3hrs to 6 hrs.
Basic/Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Divorce - 2 days
Advanced Collaborative Training - 1 day
Advanced Collaborative Training - 1 day
"Recognizing and Managing the Difficult Client"
"Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Professionals Who Haven't Quite Made the Paradigm Shift"
"It's Not All Talk - Communication Skills"
"Structuring the Collaborative Process"
"What Really is Interest Based Negotiation?"
"Who's in Charge? - The Brain and the Collaborative Process"
"The New and Empowered Role of the MHP"

Collaborative Training Reference

Stuart G. Webb, Esq. 952 925-3939
Robert J. Merlin, Esq. 305 448-1555
Pam Schneider, Esq. 352 378-2541
Edward S. Sachs, CPA 305 444-0999