While there is a tremendous benefit to be gained in the overall public recognition of Collaborative Practice by expanding the use of Collaborative Practice across the world, and there is a socially conscious cause behind transforming the way families resolve their disputes, perhaps the most compelling benefits from the global expansion of Collaborative Practice are the lessons we can learn in serving different communities.

Though we find diverse communities across the United States with different income levels and moderately different laws, overall, perhaps with some minor tweaks, what works in Florida works in Texas. However, what works in these locales is largely driven toward upper middle class or high net worth Americans. We can learn a tremendous amount about how to reach more diverse populations in our own areas by examining and interacting with Collaborative Practitioners from other parts of the world.

Whether it be learning lessons from our Canadian friends about using government subsidies to pay for mental health professionals or learning about government-paid solicitors in Hong Kong, the lessons learned and adapted from our colleagues outside the United States can be instrumental in recreating Collaborative Practice for a more diverse population. An exploration of some of the ways in which lessons learned from international expansion of Collaborative Practice could be applied to our practices in the United States, and inspiration to encourage additional international expansion of Collaborative Practice to provide a fountain of new information.

See International Academy of Collaborative Professionals President Chris Farish speak on this topic as one of our featured speakers at our upcoming conference in May. CLICK HERE to get more information about the upcoming FACP conference.