Starting Off Well

The Initial Interview.  The professional / client relationship begins there.  And goes smoothly – or haltingly – forward, or possibly downward.  Particularly in Collaborative Practice matters, that first meeting can impact the functioning of the entire Team, including the clients.

I sat with Woody Mosten and Susan Gamache, two well known Collaborative professionals who have each begun to offer training for professionals focused on this critical, but often under explored, part of the process.  Here’s the video

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Dr. Susan Gamache is a Registered Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist (AAMFT) and mediator in private practice in Vancouver. Susan has worked with individuals, couples, families and children in various settings for over 20 years. Her area of most specific focus has been separation, divorce and remarriage. In addition, she has conducted award-winning research on divorce and remarriage, has published and provided workshops for professionals and for the public and has also appeared on television and radio programs as a consultant in these areas. Dr. Susan Gamache has worked in Collaborative Practice since 1999 and has conducted over 70 trainings in Collaborative Practice since 2001. She has acted as adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Gamache has presented extensively to groups and conferences on the collaborative model and written several articles for the Collaborative Review (IACP publication) as well as chapters on Divorce Coaching, the role of the Child Specialist, and lawyers and therapists working together in two books on Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice. Susan was a board member with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2003 – 2006) and currently sits on the Executive of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver. Susan is continually working to advance Collaborative Practice by introducing new ideas and concepts to help the community take its next steps.

Forrest “Woody” Mosten is a collaborative attorney (Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator in Los Angeles who handles matters involving substantial assets and high conflict. He is a full time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. He is in constant demand as a keynote speaker for Collaborative Law conferences (he was CP Cal’s 2011 Plenary Speaker) and trains Collaborative Practice Groups worldwide in creative convening and agreement building strategies, ethics, format design, current hot issues and future trends, and how to build a profitable peacemaking practice and most recently, has offered a Master Class for Collaborative Professionals nationwide with Pauline Tesler. He teaches Collaborative Law in law schools and is the ABA Chair on integrating Collaborative Law into law school curriculum. His 40 Hr Basic Divorce Mediation Training sells out months in advance and is recommended by Collaborative Practice Groups. Woody is the author of four books, Collaborative Divorce Handbook (2009), Mediation Career Guide (2001), Unbundling Legal Services (2000), and Complete Guide to Mediation (1997) and numerous articles on Collaborative Law, Mediation, and Unbundling Woody is the recipient of the ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and Lifetime Award for Legal Access as the “Father of Unbundling and the Client Library, the Los Angeles County Bar Conflict Prevention Award, was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association and Collaborative Member of the Month by LACFLA. He is the Guest Editor of Family Court Review’s Special Issue on Collaborative Practice (April 2011) in which he authored an article on the future of Collaborative Practice. Woody is a member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law, and can be reached at