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First Friday Forum: Collaborative Divorce to Partner with Clients, Families, and Communities
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Founders Hall Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, June 07, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

Collaborative Divorce to Partner with Clients, Families, and Communities

Friday, June 7, 2019

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

About the Program

Divorce and separation are legal, financial, and family change events. In 1990, a Minnesota family law attorney named Stu Webb created Collaborative Practice, designed to help couples divorce outside of court using a respectful problem solving approach. From a two-attorney model, this approach quickly evolved to become multi-disciplinary, and is known as Collaborative Team Practice (CTP). CTP is now practiced around the world, each practice group has its own regional flavor. The core principles of Collaborative Practice that will be shared in this Friday Forum.

In Minnesota and the upper Midwest, specifically trained mental health professionals are core members of Collaborative teams, in the roles of neutral coach, neutral child specialist and neutral family specialist. Descriptions of these roles and their functions will be one focus of this forum. This will include the essential paradigm shift from providing therapy or psychological evaluation to providing facilitative neutral services centered around the relationship, parenting and child issues – all key parts of family restructuring during a divorce or separation.

This forum will provide an overview of how CTP differs from other divorce/separation processes for whom CTP is likely to be effective. It will also address red flags for when this process may not be appropriate.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the core principles of Collaborative Practice of family law.
  2. Recognize the paradigm shift for mental health professionals to ethically and skillfully work as neutral coaches in Collaborative Practice.
  3. Identify protocols for providing neutral child specialist services.

About the Presenters:

Deborah Clemmensen, M.Eq., LP, received her doctoral level training in the Psychology in the Schools Program at the University of Minnesota, interning in the Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools. For over 40 years, she has provided individual and family therapy, psychological evaluations, mental health consultation, training and research, focusing primarily on child and adolescent mental health. In 2000, Deb received training in Collaborative Team Practice, and has since provided Neutral Child Specialist services for families going through divorce or separation. She now has a full time private practice in Edina providing out-of-court, child-inclusive dispute resolution services. Deb is currently on the Board of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, she has twice served as Co-President. She is also a member of the CLI training team, providing regional training on multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice.

Louise Livesay-Al, J.D., is an attorney focusing her practice on out-of-court family laws settlement the Collaborative Process, Mediation and other ADR options. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law. She has been practicing family law for almost 20 years. Twice, Louise has been Co-President of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, a multi-disciplinary organization focusing on educating the public and professionals about the Collaborative Process for dissolution.

Deborah Clemmensen, M.Eq., LP, has reported the following conflicts of interest:
She is the past co-president and current board member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota. She receives no compensation for these activities. CLI of Minnesota is a nonprofit organization of professional members.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome onsite!

Click here to view and download a PDF flyer and registration form.

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by May 31 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after May 31 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.