Celebration XVI’s Program
Reuniting in Collaboration

CP Cal is excited to present Celebration XVI “Reuniting in Collaboration” 2022 Conference Program!

Approved and pending CEU’s will be available HERE.


Friday APRIL 22, 2022

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Morning Workshops

Workshop 1: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Jacinta Gallant, BA, JD 

Deepening Without Drowning: Accessing Hope, Managing Threats and Breathing Fresh Air

Program Description: Have you ever been stumped, and discouraged, by the continuing and sometimes escalating couple conflict at the mediation or collaborative table – despite your very sincere efforts? Do you sometimes feel like your “case” is drowning and you are desperate for an oxygen tank? In this workshop, we will learn how asking about the parties’ hopes and diving deeply into their perceived threats can bring fresh air to our family law work.

Workshop 2: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Mary Lyn Miller 

Transition Isn’t What It Used To Be: 5 Pillars of Hope

Program Description: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”— Charles Darwin While Darwin says responsiveness to change is crucial, where is the roadmap for how to do that – especially in divorce? This workshop shows you how change itself is changing, accelerating at hyper-speed and how “The 5 Pillars of Hope” can support the bridge between the moment a transition is triggered through to a renewed life.

Workshop 3: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

David Fink, Esq. & Stephen Sulmeyer, J.D. 

Negotiating the Relational Estate: The unwritten agreements and understandings behind Premarital Agreements

Program Description: This program will explore the importance of communication, feelings, assumptions and priorities that should be part of any conversation about money and property between a couple who plan to be married. The impact of each party’s perspectives on money and property in the marital relationship is often not discussed or fully explored, even when a legally binding agreement is being considered. Collaborative professionals need to be sure that clients are not relying on unstated expectations and assumptions in choosing whether or not to enter into a premarital agreement, and uncovering those expectations and assumptions can be crucial to avoid the kind of misunderstandings that might imperil a successful marriage. The program will also cover some of the legal basics and limitations on appropriate terms for legally enforceable agreements in California.

Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 4: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Shawn Weber & Shawn Skillin

The Big Rocks: Preparing Parties for Settlement by Identifying High-Level Shared Values and Goals

Program Description: Are your clients butting heads? Are settlement discussion going no where fast? One of the blocks to settlement is a fundamental disconnect on the values and goals of the parties. What if you approached this in a different way? This workshop teaches you how to help clients identify their shared values and goals early on in the mediation process. Having an agreed foundation on which to base agreements helps to keep everyone focused when it comes time to consider settlement options during negotiation. Join us to consider the Big Rocks.

Workshop 5: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Beth Proudfoot, LMFT 

Authentic Practice Building

Program Description: What do your values, expertise, passion and personality have to do with marketing your practice? EVERYTHING! In this lively discussion, we’ll uncover the unique qualities that make you and what you have to offer irresistible to Collaborative clients. Then we’ll drill down to how you show up in the world so those clients can find you. With lots of breakouts and live exercises, this class will definitely be hands-on. Bring your creativity and authentic self.

Workshop 6: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Nancy Ross, Alan Nobler & Christina Gorokhovsky 

Forging New Ground:  The Marriage of Collaborative Divorce & Collaborative Trusts & Estates

Program Description: Collaborative professionals help clients strategize about their new life circumstances but too often ignore the impact on a client’s estate plan. Do you still simply dissolve an estate plan in your MSAs? If so, you risk financial and emotional damage for yourself and your client. Do you collaborate with your clients’ estate planner? Avoid discussing estate planning altogether? In this seminar, this multi-disciplinary panel will help you identify red flags as well as create opportunities to better serve your clients.

CP Cal Welcome, General Business & Plenary 1: 4:20 PM – 6:25 PM

Jarrett Green, Esq. 

Defeating Covid Fatigue

Program Description: Coming Soon!

Friday Night Networking: 6:40 PM – 8:00 PM



Saturday APRIL 23, 2022

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Morning Workshops

Workshop 7: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Tim Crouch, Camille Milner & Charles Crouch

Building the Collaborative Brand to Get More Collaborative Cases

Program Description: The Crouch Group has developed a 3 tiered plan to help educate the public about Collaborative Divorce as a better way to untie the knot. Tim Crouch and Collaborative Divorce Attorney Camille Milner will lay out the program that CPCAL instituted at the Tier 1 level in 2019 with the public facing website and initiatives like Divorce Respect Week. The Tier 2 level is for practice groups and Tier 3 lays out how to leverage that work into your practice.

Workshop 8: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Shawn Weber, Nancy Ross, & Dawn Strachan

Collaborative Cases from Hell

Program Description: Have you ever found yourself in a collaborative case that just went wrong in so many ways? We all have. Bring us facts for your very toughest cases and join experienced collaborators as we brainstorm different ways to handle the toughest situations. It’s a fun, frank and facilitated discussion for sharing and learning from one another. Let’s see if we can’t handle the “case from hell!”

Mindfulness Break: 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Emily Doskow

Workshop 9: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Jacinta Gallant, BA, JD 

The Problem with Problem Solving

Program Description: Collaborative Professionals are excellent problem-solvers. And that works well, because clients come to us for help solving a problem, right?! But have you ever met client resistance to your efforts to problem-solve? Have you puzzled over a client’s reaction when you’re “just trying to help”? In this webinar, we will learn to notice and work with resistance so that we can more productively engage in those difficult moments. And – bonus – your expertise with problem-solving will still be important, but it will know its place. (Problem-solving gets way too much attention in our line of work!) 

Workshop 10: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Rebecca Fischer, Esq., Ed Sachs, Ronda Fuchs, & Thabatta Mizrahi 

Let’s Open Your Suitcase: Unpacking Family Trauma in Collaborative Divorce

Program Description: Clients arrive at our offices with suitcases of “baggage” in need of unpacking. Our team will provide a roadmap to compassionate listening, surviving the emotional, physical, and financial trauma of divorce, building trust, compassion, hope, and security for children, in the Collaborative Process.

Afternoon Workshops

Plenary 2: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Ellen Bruno 

Split Up: The Teen Years

Program Description: 12 teens look back, childhoods marked by divorce in the new 50-minute SPLT UP: The TEEN Years.  SPLIT UP is a sequel to the award-winning film SPLIT.  The same kids 10 years later are even more articulate then in their younger years, and have the entirety of their childhood to reflect upon.  SPLIT UP is a practical and emotional roadmap for other kids and teens navigating divorce, and cautionary tale for divorcing parents.

Workshop 11: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Carol Hughes, Ph.D., LMFT 

Factors Affecting the Adjustment of Children, Minor and Adult, to Parental Separation and Divorce

Program Description: Divorce is never a neutral event for children, both minor and adult children. American child psychologist Haim Ginott wrote, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them leaves an impression.” It is crucial that legal, financial, and mental health professionals understand the myriad factors affecting children’s adjustment to parental separation and divorce, so we can educate parents how to ensure their children’s optimum adjustment. Children’s drawings, videos, audios, research findings, handouts, and interactive exercises ensure a multi-modal learning experience.

Workshop 12: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tim Crouch & Kathy Campbell

Divorce With Respect Week

Program Description: This workshop will review the inaugural Divorce With Respect Week last year. The presentation will include a report on what worked and didn’t work as well as plans for Divorce With Respect 2022 and how the initiative may expand to other states.

Saturday Social Event and Eureka Awards: 4:40 PM – 7:00 PM