Karen Freed

DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals
12007 Whippoorwill Ln.
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
United States
Office: 301-816-0978
Member since 2007
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Mental Health Professional, Mediator

Named one of best mental health professionals in the area of separation and divorce in the Washington,DC metro area in July, 2009 issue of Washingtonian magazine

Area(s) of Practice: Child Specialist, Divorce Coach, Mediation, Other
License(s): LCSW-C in Maryland ~LICSW in Washington, DC ~Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work) ~Dimplomate in Clinical Social Work (National Association of Social Workers)
Professional Activities: Founding Member of Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable ~Founding Member of Collaborative Divorce Association in Montgomery County ~Founding Member of Maryland Collaborative Practice Counsel ~Former Consultant to Maryland Judicial Custody Subcommittee ~Board Member, Collaborative Practice Community Project ~Member, Committee that developed Protocols for Team Approach in the Collaborative Process ~Member, The Umbrella Group (TUG) to help coordinate programs/professional resources for practice groups in Metro DC area ~
Simmons College, Boston, Mass.

Simmons College School of Social Work
Comments: Ms. Freed has more than 35 years of experience as a clinical social worker. She specializes in helping children, adolescents and adults deal with the impact of separation and divorce and the changes brought about in the restructuring of a family. Having served as a Parenting Coordinator in high conflict divorce cases she saw the ravages on families caused by the traditional approach to divorce and knew their had to be a better way to help families negotiate through the divorce process. The collaborative process seemed to be that way. Having served as a coach in many cases, has solidified her belief that the collaborative team process provides the supports, expertise and environments that can help people deal with divorce in a less painful way and make decisions that are durable. Ms. Freed was trained in the Collaborative process in 2001. She has extensive experience serving as a divorce coach and helps her client identify and express interests and concerns in constructive ways. She helps her client deal with the emotions involved in this major life change and works with clients and team members to develop options and reach solutions that are specifically designed to meet the particular needs of her client and the family. Ms. Freed has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and adults with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder and uses her understanding to help clients craft parenting plans that meet the needs of families where this is a consideration. Ms. Freed is active in the Collaborative Divorce community and is a founding member, past president and board member of The Collaborative Divorce Association. She is also a member of Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals as well as D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals and of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington. She is a board member of the Collaborative Project of Maryland which provides services to clients of modest means who would like to use the collaborative process to resolve issues as they are divorcing. Ms. Freed is also a member of the Greater Washington Protocols Committee which developed a resource handbook for professionals wishing to use the team approach in the collaborative process. She has also been a members of a speakers bureau to educate the community about the collaborative process. She has presented numerous workshops about Collaborate Divorce to professional groups, has written articles for professional newsletters about the process and has participated in radio discussions about Collaborative Divorce.