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NSU hosting collaborative divorce training

Takes place January 3-5, 2020 at Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus

NSU will host a multi-day collaborative divorce training from January 3-5 at the Maxwell Maltz Building on the Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus.

Divorce trainingCollaborative divorce, developed in 1990 by family law attorney Stuart Webb, is a non-adversarial process where the divorcing couple works with a team of attorneys and neutral mental health and financial professionals to reach an agreement and avoid litigation.

“We recognize that divorce is not only a legal but also an emotional and financial issue,” said Randy Heller, Ph.D., a practicing therapist and adjunct professor in NSU’s Family Therapy Ph.D. program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Heller, who is also a graduate of the Ph.D. program, said collaborative divorce is far less expensive than litigation and offers a couple a way to restructure their lives and families in an amicable way.

The three-day training is divided up into an introductory/refresher course for the first two days, which Heller said covers all the basics that one needs to work in collaborative divorce. The final day is a separate advanced training that covers multiple subjects, including Florida’s collaborative law statute, conflict resolution and negotiation, family systems theory, ethics standards, and domestic violence.

Heller said working in the collaborative divorce field is a paradigm shift for professionals who are accustomed to the adversarial legal process.

“It’s a huge shift for a lot of people,” she said.

Heller said all proceeds from the training will support Community Partners Serving Veteran Families, a program that provides pro bono services to veterans and their families.

The training options come in multiple price ranges. The two-day introductory training is $395, or $320 for NSU faculty and students. The advanced training is $150, or $120 for NSU faculty students. All three days are $525, or $415 for NSU faculty and students.

To register for the training, click here.

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