Team Practice Guide – Collaborative Practice

This is the book the Collaborative community has been waiting for: an accessible, practical grounding for Collaborative lawyers (as well as financial and allied professionals) in how to bring to our conflict resolution work something of the psychological understandings and skills that we so admire and envy in our mental health colleagues….This book is the first of its kind, and it has transformative potential.”
Pauline H. Tesler, Esq.
Collaborative Lawyer and Trainer
Co-founder and first president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Author of Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce without Litigation

Reading this book should be mandatory for every collaborative practitioner. I say this because reading Navigating has made me a better collaborative practitioner. I think that anyone who reads it will feel the same way.”
Reviewed by: Kevin R. Scudder, J.D.
Read Mr. Scudder’s full review of Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce here.
Source:The World of Collaborative Practice.com

Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce

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Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce is written by Kate Scharff, M.S.W. and me, two mental health professionals with extensive experience in Collaborative Practice. It is an accessible, practical, common-sense guide to the psychological aspects of our work and an invaluable resource for professionals of all disciplines who want to ensure the best outcomes for their Collaborative clients– in even the toughest cases! Among the questions Kate and I answer are:

  • Why do our clients behave the way they do– as individuals and as a couple?
  • Why do some techniques work well with some clients and not with others?
  • How do we help “difficult” clients (and their spouses)?
  • What determines whether or not a case will be “transformative?”
  • How can we best negotiate “landmines” in Collaborative Practice?
  • Why do some cases “fall out?”
  • Why do we do things the way we do it Collaborative Practice? Is there a right way?
  • What causes break-down in a team, and how can we avoid it?
  • What about the voice of the child in Collaborative Practice?
  • What are the important issues to keep in mind when crafting a deep and durable Collaborative parenting plan?

Mr. Scudder recently caught up with Kate and me to see how we viewed our work a few years after publication, and since our book has become an important resource to many collaborative practitioners. We each answered ten questions he posed and the questions and answers are published in Mr. Scudder’s article TEN QUESTIONS FOR LISA HERRICK AND KATE SCHARFF – The World of Collaborative Practice

“All Collaborative professionals wanting to improve their case outcomes should read this book.”
Peggy Thompson. Ph. D.
Co-founder, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

“This is an important work for Collaborative professionals to read together with their colleagues. In their fresh and engaging style, the authors give clear examples to illustrate the complicated scenarios that arise in Collaborative Practice and offer constructive solutions for working together optimally.”
Suzanne L. Brunsting, Esq.
Collaborative Lawyer and Trainer

“Boldly going where none have gone before, the authors have courageously engaged with the new and unfolding area of Collaborative Practice. In doing so they have ventured beyond the basic structures to bring us fresh conceptualizations, brought to life through illustrative vignettes describing characters that are ever so familiar to the experienced practitioner. Their ideas are original, theoretically sound and will be very useful to this ever evolving community.”
Susan Gamache, Ph.D.
Senior Practitioner and Trainer in Collaborative Practice
Original Mental Health Co-Chair, Vancouver Collaborative Separation and Divorce Group

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