Benjamin Papa

Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
1540 Aberdeen Drive
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
United States
Office: 615-491-3597
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer, Mediator, Other

Benjamin Papa practiced law for 18 years prior to his current work as a Leadership Coach and Facilitator. He was instrumental in bringing Collaborative Divorce to the Middle Tennessee community in 2009, including serving as the Founding President and multiple terms on the Board of Directors of his former practice group, the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance. He continues to lead trainings and workshops around the country related to Collaborative Divorce and Leadership.

Mr. Papa holds degrees in psychology, law, and religion.

Area(s) of Practice: Leadership Coach and Facilitator, working with individual leaders and leadership teams, including Collaborative Divorce practitioners and leaders of Collaborative Divorce practice groups.
License(s): - License to practice law in the State of Tennessee (2000) - Rule 31 Listed Mediator in the State of Tennessee for general/civil (2006) and family cases (2003), including those involving domestic violence (2006)
Professional Activities: - International Coach Federation - International Enneagram Association - Institute for Family Conflict Resolution - Former Member, and Founding President of Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanderbilt University (1995).

Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University (2008).
Comments: Specific services Benjamin Papa provides includes one-on-one coaching, introductory and advanced trainings on Collaborative Divorce, team development/ group facilitation with Collaborative Divorce practice groups and other organizations, and workshop development and delivery. Through his work with the Institute for Family Conflict Resolution, he offers a "from the group up" program to help bring Collaborative Divorce to communities, which includes training and coaching practitioners, as well as practice group development with organizational leaders. Mr. Papa is trained as a professional coach through the Presence-Based Coaching program, which is certified by the International Coach Federation. The main tool Mr. Papa uses with his clients is the ancient personality system called the Enneagram, and he is certified through the Enneagram Spectrum training program. He is also certified to administer both the Leadership Circle Profile as well as the Leadership Culture Survey.
Training Offered

Through a training group called the Institute for Family Conflict Resolution (IFCR) that he cofounded, Ben works with a collaborative divorce coach (Julia McAninch) and a financial neutral (Cheryl Panther) to offer a wide variety of collaborative divorce and other related trainings, ranging from Introductory trainings to more specialized and advanced workshops. See the IFCR website ( for current offerings.

Training Conducted

Ben has given talks and led workshops on a wide variety of family law related topics, particularly related to alternative dispute resolution. Groups to whom he has presented include the International Academy for Collaborative Professionals annual Forum, Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Knoxville Bar Association, Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance, and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.

In addition, IFCR conducted two-day Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce trainings in Knoxville, TN in March 2015, March 2016, and March 2017; Ft. Lauderdale, FL in November 2015; and Bowling Green, KY in August 2017. IFCR also conducted an Advanced Collaborative Divorce training in Knoxville, TN in March 2017.

Collaborative Training Offered

See "Training Offered" section above.