Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire Presents
For lawyers, financial professionals and mental health professionals
Friday June 6 & Saturday June 7, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Manchester, New Hampshire

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a growing worldwide movement to promote respectful dispute resolution without litigation.  It offers a way to resolve differences by working together with lawyers and other trained professionals to reach agreement.  Lawyers and clients meet together to explore options.  Mental health professionals work as “coaches” to provide emotional support and clarity.  Financial professionals assist in gathering and analyzing information in order to reach a sustainable resolution. Child specialists work with parents, their children and the coach to provide a framework for the development of a sound parenting plan. Clients make their own decisions rather than relying on a judge.  All of the participants—clients and professionals—agree at the outset that they will work together to reach resolution without going to court.  (For more information about Collaborative Practice, go to

The Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire (CLANH) began using the collaborative team approach in 2010.  This is our fifth interdisciplinary collaborative training.  We are very pleased to bring the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Training Consortium,consisting of two attorneys, one neutral financial professional, one neutral mental health professional and one child specialist, to New Hampshire to conduct this training for us.

Over the course of the two days, participants will learn and see how the collaborative team works from start to finish.  There will also be demonstrations, discussions about what happened and why, and plenty of time for participants to comment and ask questions.  The team will address the role of each profession, individually and as a team.  The training includes introducing clients to collaboration, interest based negotiation concepts, enhancing communication and team building skills, and ethical considerations, as well as the emotional, legal, financial and psychological components of divorce and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships.

Who Should Attend this Training?

Lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals who complete this training will be eligible to apply for membership in CLANH, and participate as team members in Collaborative dispute resolution.  CLANH members who have not yet had training ininterdisciplinary Collaborative Practice are especially encouraged to attend as such training will be required for continued membership.

The Trainers

The members of the team who will be leading this training include Mark Bass, Esquire, Kathryn Lazar, Esquire, Micki McWade, LMSW, Allison Bell, Psy.D. and Jon Tanner, RFP, CDFA. They are experienced collaborative practitioners, and have all held leadership roles in furthering CP in New York as well as the wider community.  They come highly recommended. You can learn more about them at


The training will take place at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH.  Lunch will be provided, along with continental breakfast and snacks.

Continuing Education Credits

Participation in this training will fulfill biennial continuing education requirements for CLANH members.  In addition, continuing education credit (12 hours, including 2 ethics hours) has been requested for lawyers (New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont), mental health professionals (NHPA), and financial professionals (CFP Board of Standards).

Cost & Registration

Download registration form. Tuition for the two-day training is $525.  Early birds (registration postmarked by April 25) get a $100 discount! Please contact our administrative assistant Joanne LaGree at