Vicki McLellan

Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
1212 South Washington Ave
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
United States
Office: 248-915-0847
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Financial Professional

Along with an interdisciplinary team of Collaborative Professionals, I work with clients to ensure that both parties have a thorough understanding of financial issues for their divorce. This allows each client to make an informed and fair settlement decision for their family. Conflict about money often has a deeper emotional basis. With a background in Psychology as well as training in Financial Planning and Mediation, my goal is to provide Financial Consultation for Divorce- Respectful Resolution for the Common Good

Area(s) of Practice: Financial
License(s): Limited Licenses Psychologist (LLP), State of Michigan (1988-present)
Professional Activities: Member IACP 2004 to present ~Member: Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, 2004 to Present ~Founding Member: Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Southeast Michigan 2004 to present(Board- Secretary 2004-2006 and 2010-2012) ~Co-Founder: Women's Divorce Resource Center (2012) ~Member: Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts ~Member: Association of Divorce Financial Planners ~
Education:
Undergraduate:
University of Minnesota, Morris, 1980 BA
Majors: Psychology; LAHS (Liberal Arts for the Human Services)
Graduated with Distinction

Post-graduate:
Wayne State University; 1987 MA
Clinical Psychology- concentration in neurospychology
Comments: Too often families make poorly informed financial decisions that can have a dramatically negative impact on their future. When couples divorce, the potential negative impact of a contentious litigated process is multiplied. Lack of understanding about financial options and consequences, coupled with the stress of a divorce, can wreak financial and emotional havoc on a family. I was fortunate to be among the first group of professionals trained in Collaborative Practice in Michigan. As our local professional practice group has learned and grown together, I am even more convinced of the benefits and NEED for the option of Collaborative Practice to become more widely known and used by couples whose marriages are ending. There are important financial considerations that both spouses must be aware of and understand in order to reach an informed and fair settlement. At the same time, what may appear as financial conflict often has deeper roots that may need exploration (understanding and some resolution) in order to get past the conflict. A group of trained professionals, committed to working together in the Collaborative Process provides families the support they need to successfully navigate the transition from one family in one home to one family in two homes. Focus in the children is a hallmark of Collaborative Practice. Collaborative Practice is a better way to resolve conflict. The safety net of having legal, financial and emotional support in the process is an invaluable resource for couples who divorce.