August 29, 2017 – Initial Attorney Consultation
New Date December 1st, 2017 – Initial Facilitator Neutral Consultation
New Date November 21st, 2017 – Initial Financial Neutral Consultation

Noon to 1:00 pm
Each webinar will be 1 hour.

One of the more challenging aspects of Collaborative Process occurs during the initial client consultation. Converting the client involves more than exalting the qualities of Collaborative Process, and needs to encompass the ability to anticipate and successfully respond to the questions and concerns of the client. Members of FACP will be presenting and discussing this consultation from the perspective of the client. Presented in a three-part series, the first webinar will be the initial consultation with the attorney, the second with the MHP Neutrals and the third with the FP Neutrals.

  • “What the hell do I need an MHP Neutral for?” How do you respond persuasively to the client’s concerns as well as the client’s often unsettled emotional state?
  • “I’ve been hurt and betrayed so I need a shark and a bulldog. If that’s not you, I need someone else to represent me?” How do you take the client from wanting a pit bull to wanting a partner?
  • “Why do I need these people? I am the one with no money…my spouse makes all the money…I cannot afford to pay for any of these people!” What are the different ways you can address concerns about cost?

The goal of these webinars is to make the Collaborative professional feel more comfortable addressing client concerns and objectives and “converting” the client from a desire for revenge to a commitment to the Collaborative process. The webinars will provide techniques for doing so.

Each webinar will be 1 hour. Continuing professional education credits have been applied for.

Webinar #1: Attorney Initial Consultation - August 29, 2017

Presented by:
Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr., is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association and the American Bar Association, He has received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the Highest Rating Available. As a member of Collaborative Family Law of Central Florida,, Mr. Ducker works through the Collaborative Process to assist families in making their own decisions rather than leaving the courts to decide between competing views of the future.
Fraser Himes, Esq. has been Board Certified in marital and family law for 30 years, and was successful lead trial counsel in Mallard v Mallard, the “savings alimony” case decided by the Florida Supreme Court. He chaired the Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee, served the Family Law Section Executive Council, the Marital and Family Law Board of Certification, founded the first Florida local Bar Collaborative Law Section, was a founder and co-chair of the TBACP and in the inaugural IACP leadership class. He holds the "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell, and is included in The Best Family Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, and The Legal Elite.
A.J. Grossman III, Esq. holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University, a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law, and an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from The Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law. In 2011, he opened a family law practice with his wife in Winter Garden, Florida, offering clients a more therapeutic and holistic approach to family law matters. A.J. was trained in Collaborative practice in 2011 and has served on the Board for the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida.
Since 2004, Dena Thompson-Estes, Esq. has worked exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law. She is experienced, hard-working and personable in her representation. Having had divorced parents, she appreciates the difficulties of divorce and is sensitive to parents coping with the child(ren)'s anxiety during this transitional time. Her experience in family law cases includes complex and high net worth matters. She handles matters involving dissolution of marriage, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, timesharing, modification, enforcement, contempt, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and marital settlement agreements. Dena also is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and is trained in Parenting Coordination and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce. Her training has honed her negotiation skills to allow her to successfully resolve all types of issues that arise in contentious cases.

Webinar #2: Facilitator Neutral Initial Consultation - New Date: December 1st, 2017

Presented by:
Craig S. Fabrikant, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Florida, as well as in New Jersey and New York. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and has been in private practice for over 30 years. His practice experience has been with children, adolescents, and adults. He also provides marital/relationship therapy, as well as being a Collaborative Divorce Facilitator/Mental Health Professional and Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Dr. Fabrikant has written numerous professional articles. He also has made many international, national, state, and local presentations.
Mercedes McGowan, Ph.D. received her B.A. in Psychology with honors from Emory University in 1984 and her Masters degree in Developmental Psychology in 1986 from Columbia University. She received a second Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1995. Dr. McGowan is a Licensed Psychologist in a private practice setting in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Her specialties include dealing with early childhood, child abuse, trauma recovery, custody/divorce, women’s issues and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Dr. McGowan also specializes in early childhood issues, including the evaluation and treatment of young children. Currently, she serves on the Development Council of Beaches Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville Beach, FL, the Board of Directors of the Bridge of North East Florida and is the president of the Collaborative Family Law Group of North East Florida.
Lisette Beraja, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years of experience. As founder of Beraja Counseling Center, she has provided individual counseling to children, adults, families and couples. She is also a Parenting Coordinator, Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator, Guardian Ad Litem, Consultant as well as a Collaborative Family Law Practitioner. Ms. Beraja has been an active Board Member for the Collaborative Family Law Institute since 2011. Presently she is an active Board Member for the Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has also been involved in the Professional Development Committee for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Sheila Cohen Furr, Ph.D., A.B.N., has been in clinical practice as a psychologist and neuropsychologist since 1978 working with children and families. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida and California and is Board-Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Furr has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, a Master of Education in School Psychology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island where she trained at the Brown University Medical School affiliated hospitals. Dr. Furr conducts psychological testing, psychoeducational testing, neuropsychological testing and psychotherapy with children, adults, couples and families. She has extensive experience in evaluating and counseling families in distress before, during and after the divorce process.

Webinar #3: FP Neutral Initial Consultation - New date: November 21st, 2017

Presented by:
Marta Alfonso, CPA/CFF/CGMA, CIRA, JD is a principal in the Litigation and Valuation Division at MBAF with a strong background in litigation consulting, forensic accounting, and matrimonial forensic accounting issues . Marta offers over thirty years of extensive financial experience and a deep understanding of critical financial litigation issues, including contested and Collaborative family law matters as an expert and a forensic accounting neutral. She is fluent in Spanish and is a licensed CPA in Florida and in New York. Marta is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She serves as a Board Member and Past President of the Collaborative Family Law Institute in Miami, Florida.
Edward S. Sachs CPA/ABV/CFF. After 25 years of representing spouses in litigated divorces, Ed recently left his position as Director of Litigation and Valuation Services for a large local firm and opened his own accounting practice dedicated to the Collaborative Process and other alternatives to litigation in settling financial issues in divorce and business. Ed currently serves as President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and the Miami and Broward collaborative practice groups. Ed also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Josh Shilts, CFE, CPA/ABV/CFF/CGMA has worked in a variety of audit, advisory and litigation support roles, providing guidance for organizations, attorneys and stakeholders. His experience includes risk management, internal control assessment, management accounting, forensic accounting, investigative techniques, regulatory compliance, financial planning & analysis, cost-to-benefit analysis, operational audits and business improvement. Josh serves as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Fraud Examiners and the Institute of Internal Auditors, and has been an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Florida Atlantic University.
FACP Member Registration: Free
Non-Member Registration: $25

Registration for these events is REQUIRED. Seats are limited. Registration opening soon!

Can’t make the dates? A schedule of recordings will be made available after the live presentations.