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Summary: This presentation, led by a panel of mental health, financial and legal experts, will introduce the collaborative divorce model. Jon Kramer, LCSW, and his panelist colleagues will define and then explain this model in detail. The Collaborative Divorce process will be then be compared and contrasted to Divorce Mediation. Throughout, this presentation will focus on the model’s relevance to mental health professionals, specifically their role within a divorce process. This program will combine didactic teaching as well as experiential role-play. Participants will learn through observation how Collaborative Divorce and Mediation actually take place while also developing a hands on learning experience of the collaborative model in particular.
- Develop an understanding of the Collaborative Divorce Model.
- Describe the underpinnings of the Collaborative Divorce Model.
- Understand and appreciate the differences between the Collaborative Divorce and Divorce Mediation models.
- Learn how their work as mental health professionals aligns with both of these divorce models.
Meetings are hosted by the Thelma McMillen Center
8:30 A.M. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 A.M. Welcome and Announcements
9:15 A.M. Program
11:15 A.M. Informal Networking (for those who wish to remain until 12 P.M.)
12:00 P.M. Meeting Ends
2.0 Continue education units will still be provided. There will be no breaks.
The informal networking is not part of the CEU portion of the program. Participants and speakers may remain for questions if they wish or can simply network without any structure. You most certainly may announce that you are willing to stay during that time slot to address any questions.
Jon Kramer, LCSW is a founding partner of the Collaborative Center of Southern California. Mr. Kramer is an experienced Family Therapist and Relationship Coach. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Michigan and his M.S.W. postgraduate degree from The State University of New York. In addition, Jon worked in London, England on a research team at the Tavistock Clinic and the University College London and also received his postgraduate training in Family Systems Therapy at the Family Studies Training Center in New York. Jon is a member of the prestigious International Family Therapy Academy (IFTA) and he teaches on the topics of Collaborative Divorce and couples and family therapy throughout the Los Angeles area. Mr. Kramer has published articles for Collaborative Practice California, as well as the LA County Bar, and the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. He was honored to be nominated and to receive for 5-years in a row (2013-2017), the Best of Psychotherapist Award by the Hermosa Beach Award Program. Jon Kramer has been a practicing psychotherapist and Relationship Coach for the past 20+ years with a focus on children, couples and families.
Kimberly Davidson, Esq is a founding partner of the Collaborative Center of Southern California. Kim is a pioneer in the South Bay family law community for her work in no – court options for divorce. In 2000, she chose to stop taking litigated family law matters, and her practice since then has focused exclusively on mediation or collaborative practice as a way for couples to divorce. She has extensive mediation and collaborative training and was a co-founder in 2000 of “A Better Divorce,” one of the first collaborative practice groups in Southern California. Kim then went on to assist in the creation of the statewide collaborative organization, “Collaborative Practice California,” and served as its second President. She is active in mentoring and presenting workshops in Mediation and Collaborative Practice throughout California. Kim graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Psychology and from Loyola Marymount University with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. In addition to her counseling background, Kim has experience working with substance abuse issues and the unique impact those issues have on the divorcing family. She has been named by Super Lawyers as one of the top attorneys in Southern California.
Dawn Strachan, CDFA is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), Financial Advisor and Financial Life Planner. Dawn has been working with divorcing couples and individuals since 2001. Dawn is instrumental in assisting her clients in arriving at a settlement that is beneficial for all by empowering them with the financial information that is often overlooked in the divorce process. She generates sophisticated financial projections addressing the long-term effects of dividing property, integrating into her analysis tax issues, pension plan issues, earnings capabilities, spousal and child support options, liquidity concerns, inflation rates, rates of return on investments, and other financial issues related to separation agreements. The reports generated encourage dialogue between the divorcing parties and facilitates settlement, keeping everyone out of court, which dramatically reduces the cost of divorce.
Warren Sacks, CPA is a Partner with the accounting and consulting firm of White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt, LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant, is certified in Financial Forensics and has over thirty years of experience in these areas. Warren has been President, Treasurer and board member since 2005 of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. He has been a board member and past Treasurer of Collaborative Practice California. He is currently a member of three collaborative practice groups in the greater Los Angeles area, one of which is the South Bay group, A Better Divorce. Warren has trained other professionals in Collaborative Practice since 2010 and is an active presenter at various conferences.
Long Beach - South Bay CAMFT - APPROVAL NUMBER: 56159 LBSB CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LEP’s & LPCC’s. LBSB CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for two (2) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.Refund Policy: With a 24-hour written notice, a full refund will be provided. With less than 24 hours' notice, credit towards attendance at a future education program course will be provided. Target Audience: This educational program is planned for marriage and family therapists, marriage and family therapy associates, social workers, counselors and/or educations psychologist. Special Needs Accommodations: In the event that special needs accommodations are required, please contact Jennifer Birner at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your need at least 8 days prior to the educational program. Awarding Course Completion Certifications: LB-SB CAMFT monitors attendance with sign-in and sign-out sheets and final course evaluations. Once the participate have signed out and provided course evaluations, course completion certificates will be provided. Grievances: The Program Administrator (PA) and Board of Directors (BOD) will handle complaints or grievances and conduct investigations to determine the appropriate resolutions. The BOD and PA will respond within 48 hours of receiving the complaint and will provide timely fall-up to the participant during the course of investigation and resolution.