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    • 01 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • TBD


    Sarasota POD

    As a necessary precaution, at this time we are cancelling all in-person POD meetings scheduled though April 20th.  POD meetings may still occur by telephone, video conference or other means that do not require in-person attendance at a meeting, please reach out to your POD leader.

    The Sarasota POD will meet from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 PM 


    POD Leader: Cathie Hawkins CPA at chawkins@piperhawkins.com.


    • 03 Apr 2020
    • 04 Apr 2020
    • Stetson Law Center, 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602


    This is a 2-DAY Interdisciplinary Introductory/Refresher Collaborative Training in the One Coach/Neutral Facilitator/Neutral Mental Health Professional Model.

    Trainers: Florida Collaborative Trainers

    Friday, April 3rd - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, April 4th - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    FEES

    - Early Bird Pricing $495.00 (Ends March 6, 2020)
    - Regular Pricing $550.00 (After March 6, 2020)

    Costs include continental breakfast and lunch each day as well as the cocktail hour Friday evening immediately following the training.

      Each attendee will receive a copy of the book -
      The Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce
      by Jeremy Gaies


    ABOUT THE INTRODUCTORY TRAINING

    What would it feel like to help clients divorce peacefully, privately, and with dignity?  Wouldn’t it be great to consistently work with professionals whom you know, trust, like, and respect?  Learn how to offer Collaborative services and get involved in your Collaborative Law community in this highly engaging two-day Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law training.  This course is intended for attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, mediators, and others who believe there is a better way to help clients through difficult times.

    At our two-day Introductory Training, participants will do the following:

    • Learn how and why collaborative practice was developed
    • Discover the essential paradigm shift that allows collaborative professionals to succeed
    • Review the Uniform Collaborative Law Act or jurisdiction-specific statutes/rules
    • Explore and enhance option development techniques
    • Identify the distinction between interest-based discussion and positional bargaining
    • Obtain a step-by-step guide on how a collaborative case typically proceeds
    • Participate in discipline-specific break-outs and Q & A sessions
    • Engage in a discussion on collaborative practice and professional ethics
    • Exchange ideas on marketing to foster the  development of a collaborative practice
    • Learn how to grow and re-energize your local collaborative community

    TAKEN THE INTRO BEFORE?

    We know that many professionals have taken the intro training before and may only be interested in the advanced trainings when they come to town. We offer advanced trainings later in the year, but have found that experienced collaborative professionals repeat the intro training as well. Feedback from these professionals has informed us that they feel a refresher in the process is helpful, that they learn new skills, and update their knowledge on the law and creative ways to help their clients divorce collaboratively. 

    APPLIED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR ATTORNEYS & MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Learn more: For General questions contact Lori Georgiou at lori@lorigtherapy.com, for sponsorship questions contact Susan Helms at shelmslaw@msn.com

    About the Trainers:

    Next Generation Divorce is excited to welcome back The Florida Collaborative Trainers for this 2 Day Intro and Refresher Course in Collaborative Divorce.

    Robert J. Merlin, Esq.
    Bob exclusively practices family law. His office is in Coral Gables, Florida. He specializes in Collaborative Family Law and other non-adversarial processes to help clients resolve their family matters without litigating. Bob lectures regularly on Collaborative Family Law and has written numerous articles about the Collaborative Process. Bob was the point person in Florida for the passage of the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act and the adoption of the Collaborative rule of procedure and The Florida Bar Collaborative Rule of Professional Conduct, all of which went into effect on July 1, 2017. He is on the Boards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Family Law Institute.

    Lana M. Stern, Ph.D.
    Lana is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She is an active and enthusiastic proponent of the Collaborative Process and has worked extensively on collaborative family law cases as the MHP/Facilitator. Her article, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, has been published in both the Spring 2017 issue of Collaborative Review (The Journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) and in The Divorce Puzzle–Connecting the Pieces Collaboratively, (2017). Additionally, she has co-authored the chapter “Collaborative Law” in The Florida Bar CLE textbook, Dissolution of Marriage. Dr. Stern lectures statewide, nationally and internationally on the role of the neutral mental health facilitator in the Collaborative Process. Dr. Stern has been in private practice as a psychologist in the Coral Gables, Florida area for the past 30 years.

    Rosemarie S. Roth, Esq.
    Rosemarie has practiced in the area of Family Law for the past 33 years and specializes in Collaborative Family Law. Rosemaire brought the Collaborative Process to Florida in 1999 and founded the state’s first practice group, the Collaborative Family Law Institute. After serving as president for ten years, Rosemarie became the founding president of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida in 2010 and served in that capacity until 2015. In 2009 she received the Stu Webb Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service to the Collaborative Family Law Institute. Rosemarie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and an adjunct professor teaching the Collaborative Family Law workshop at the University of Miami School of Law.

    Edward S. Sachs, CPA/ABV CFF
    Ed is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Family Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. After 25 years of representing spouses in litigated divorces, in 2016, Ed left his position as Director of Litigation and Valuation Services for a large Coral Gables 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 is a member of three practice groups in Miami-Dade, Broward and South Palm Beach counties. He has trained countless professionals throughout Florida in the Collaborative Process.

    Trainer’s Testimonials:
    https://floridacollaborativetrainers.com/testimonials/

    • 08 Apr 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Brio’s in International Plaza- 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607



    CANCELLED - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    4:30 - 6:30 PM at Brio's in International Plaza


    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 PM Networking

    5:00 PM Announcements

    5:30 PM Program Begins


    LOCATION:

    Brio's in International Plaza
    2223 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    Free for NGD Members

    $20.00 for Guests


    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave West, Bradenton FL 34205


    Bradenton/Manatee POD

    As a necessary precaution, at this time we are cancelling all in-person POD meetings scheduled though April 20th.  POD meetings may still occur by telephone, video conference or other means that do not require in-person attendance at a meeting, please reach out to your POD leader.

    The Bradenton/Manatee POD meets from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

    at Pier 22

    1200 First Avenue West 

    Bradenton, FL 34205


    POD leaders: Faith Brown at fbrown@brownandbrown.legal, and

    Diane Rodriguez at diane@guidedresolutions.com

     

     


    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Toast, 7121 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34653


    Pasco POD

    As a necessary precaution, at this time we are cancelling all in-person POD meetings scheduled though April 20th.  POD meetings may still occur by telephone, video conference or other means that do not require in-person attendance at a meeting, please reach out to your POD leader.

    The Pasco POD meets from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 

    at Toast

    7121 State Road 54,

    New Port Richey, FL 34653

    POD leader: Laurie Chane, Esq. at laurie@chanelaw.com 

     


    • 06 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Bank of Tampa - 13868 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL


    NGD Carrollwood POD

    The Carrollwood POD meets from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

    at Bank of Tampa -

    13868 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL.

    POD Leader: George Melendez at melendezlawoffice@me.com

    • 08 May 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave West, Bradenton FL 34205


    Bradenton/Manatee POD

    The Bradenton/Manatee POD meets from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

    at Pier 22

    1200 First Avenue West 

    Bradenton, FL 34205


    POD leaders: Faith Brown at fbrown@brownandbrown.legal, and

    Diane Rodriguez at diane@guidedresolutions.com

     

     


    • 08 May 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Girard & Johnson, 425 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511

    Brandon POD

    The Brandon POD will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Girard & Johnson,

    425 Lithia Pinecrest Road,

    Brandon, FL 33511

    POD leader Marie-Eve Girard at mgirard@girardjohnson.com

    • 13 May 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Westbay CPAs - 2358 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765


    North Pinellas/Clearwater POD

    The North Pinellas POD meets from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 

    at Westbay CPAs -

    2358 Drew Street,

    Clearwater, FL 33765

    Wendy Coughlin, PhD at drwecoughlin@gmail.com
    • 13 May 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • TBD


    South Tampa POD

    The South Tampa POD meets from 4:30 until 6 PM 


    POD Leader: Shawn Mesa, Esq. at smesa@shawnmesalaw.com.


    • 22 May 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Toast, 7121 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34653


    Pasco POD

    The Pasco POD meets from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 

    at Toast

    7121 State Road 54,

    New Port Richey, FL 34653

    POD leader: Laurie Chane, Esq. at laurie@chanelaw.com 

     


    • 27 May 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Belinda Lazzara’s office 757 Arlington Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL 33701


    St. Pete POD

    The St. Pete POD meets from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM 

    at Belinda Lazzara’s office

    757 Arlington Avenue North 

    St. Petersburg FL 33701

    POD Leader: Amy Gleason at amy@mbacpallc.com  

    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Brio’s in International Plaza- 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
    Register



    Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    4:30 - 6:30 PM at Brio's in International Plaza


    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 PM Networking

    5:00 PM Announcements

    5:30 PM Program Begins


    LOCATION:

    Brio's in International Plaza
    2223 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    Free for NGD Members

    $20.00 for Guests


    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave West, Bradenton FL 34205


    Bradenton/Manatee POD

    The Bradenton/Manatee POD meets from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

    at Pier 22

    1200 First Avenue West 

    Bradenton, FL 34205


    POD leaders: Faith Brown at fbrown@brownandbrown.legal, and

    Diane Rodriguez at diane@guidedresolutions.com

     

     


    • 19 Jun 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Toast, 7121 State Road 54, New Port Richey, FL 34653


    Pasco POD

    The Pasco POD meets from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 

    at Toast

    7121 State Road 54,

    New Port Richey, FL 34653

    POD leader: Laurie Chane, Esq. at laurie@chanelaw.com 

     


    • 01 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Bank of Tampa - 13868 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL


    NGD Carrollwood POD

    The Carrollwood POD meets from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

    at Bank of Tampa -

    13868 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL.

    POD Leader: George Melendez at melendezlawoffice@me.com

    • 08 Jul 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Westbay CPAs - 2358 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765


    North Pinellas/Clearwater POD

    The North Pinellas POD meets from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 

    at Westbay CPAs -

    2358 Drew Street,

    Clearwater, FL 33765

    Wendy Coughlin, PhD at drwecoughlin@gmail.com
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave West, Bradenton FL 34205


    Bradenton/Manatee POD

    The Bradenton/Manatee POD meets from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

    at Pier 22

    1200 First Avenue West 

    Bradenton, FL 34205


    POD leaders: Faith Brown at fbrown@brownandbrown.legal, and

    Diane Rodriguez at diane@guidedresolutions.com

     

     


    • 17 Jul 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Girard & Johnson, 425 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511

    Brandon POD

    The Brandon POD will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Girard & Johnson,

    425 Lithia Pinecrest Road,

    Brandon, FL 33511

    POD leader Marie-Eve Girard at mgirard@girardjohnson.com

    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Belinda Lazzara’s office 757 Arlington Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL 33701


    St. Pete POD

    The St. Pete POD meets from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM 

    at Belinda Lazzara’s office

    757 Arlington Avenue North 

    St. Petersburg FL 33701

    POD Leader: Amy Gleason at amy@mbacpallc.com  

    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Brio’s in International Plaza- 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
    Register



    Wednesday, August 12, 2020

    4:30 - 6:30 PM at Brio's in International Plaza


    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 PM Networking

    5:00 PM Announcements

    5:30 PM Program Begins


    LOCATION:

    Brio's in International Plaza
    2223 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    Free for NGD Members

    $20.00 for Guests


    • 11 Sep 2020
    • 12 Sep 2020
    • Stetson Law Center, 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
    Register


    This is a 2-DAY Interdisciplinary Introductory/Refresher Collaborative Training in the One Coach/Neutral Facilitator/Neutral Mental Health Professional Model.

    Trainers: Florida Collaborative Trainers

    Friday, September 11th - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday, September 12th - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    FEES

    - Early Bird Pricing $495.00 (Ends August 7, 2020)
    - Regular Pricing $550.00 (After August 7, 2020)

    - Law Student Pricing $100

    Costs include continental breakfast and lunch each day as well as the cocktail hour Friday evening immediately following the training.

      Each attendee will receive a copy of the book -
      The Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce
      by Jeremy Gaies


    ABOUT THE INTRODUCTORY TRAINING

    What would it feel like to help clients divorce peacefully, privately, and with dignity?  Wouldn’t it be great to consistently work with professionals whom you know, trust, like, and respect?  Learn how to offer Collaborative services and get involved in your Collaborative Law community in this highly engaging two-day Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law training.  This course is intended for attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, mediators, and others who believe there is a better way to help clients through difficult times.

    At our two-day Introductory Training, participants will do the following:

    • Learn how and why collaborative practice was developed
    • Discover the essential paradigm shift that allows collaborative professionals to succeed
    • Review the Uniform Collaborative Law Act or jurisdiction-specific statutes/rules
    • Explore and enhance option development techniques
    • Identify the distinction between interest-based discussion and positional bargaining
    • Obtain a step-by-step guide on how a collaborative case typically proceeds
    • Participate in discipline-specific break-outs and Q & A sessions
    • Engage in a discussion on collaborative practice and professional ethics
    • Exchange ideas on marketing to foster the  development of a collaborative practice
    • Learn how to grow and re-energize your local collaborative community

    TAKEN THE INTRO BEFORE?

    We know that many professionals have taken the intro training before and may only be interested in the advanced trainings when they come to town. We offer advanced trainings later in the year, but have found that experienced collaborative professionals repeat the intro training as well. Feedback from these professionals has informed us that they feel a refresher in the process is helpful, that they learn new skills, and update their knowledge on the law and creative ways to help their clients divorce collaboratively. 

    APPLIED FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR ATTORNEYS & MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Learn more: For General questions contact Lori Georgiou at lori@lorigtherapy.com, for sponsorship questions contact Susan Helms at shelmslaw@msn.com

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

      

    About the Trainers:

    Next Generation Divorce is excited to welcome back The Florida Collaborative Trainers for this 2 Day Intro and Refresher Course in Collaborative Divorce.

    Robert J. Merlin, Esq.
    Bob exclusively practices family law. His office is in Coral Gables, Florida. He specializes in Collaborative Family Law and other non-adversarial processes to help clients resolve their family matters without litigating. Bob lectures regularly on Collaborative Family Law and has written numerous articles about the Collaborative Process. Bob was the point person in Florida for the passage of the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act and the adoption of the Collaborative rule of procedure and The Florida Bar Collaborative Rule of Professional Conduct, all of which went into effect on July 1, 2017. He is on the Boards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Family Law Institute.

    Lana M. Stern, Ph.D.
    Lana is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. She is an active and enthusiastic proponent of the Collaborative Process and has worked extensively on collaborative family law cases as the MHP/Facilitator. Her article, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, has been published in both the Spring 2017 issue of Collaborative Review (The Journal of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals) and in The Divorce Puzzle–Connecting the Pieces Collaboratively, (2017). Additionally, she has co-authored the chapter “Collaborative Law” in The Florida Bar CLE textbook, Dissolution of Marriage. Dr. Stern lectures statewide, nationally and internationally on the role of the neutral mental health facilitator in the Collaborative Process. Dr. Stern has been in private practice as a psychologist in the Coral Gables, Florida area for the past 30 years.

    Rosemarie S. Roth, Esq.
    Rosemarie has practiced in the area of Family Law for the past 33 years and specializes in Collaborative Family Law. Rosemaire brought the Collaborative Process to Florida in 1999 and founded the state’s first practice group, the Collaborative Family Law Institute. After serving as president for ten years, Rosemarie became the founding president of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida in 2010 and served in that capacity until 2015. In 2009 she received the Stu Webb Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service to the Collaborative Family Law Institute. Rosemarie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and an adjunct professor teaching the Collaborative Family Law workshop at the University of Miami School of Law.

    Edward S. Sachs, CPA/ABV CFF
    Ed is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Family Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. After 25 years of representing spouses in litigated divorces, in 2016, Ed left his position as Director of Litigation and Valuation Services for a large Coral Gables 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 is a member of three practice groups in Miami-Dade, Broward and South Palm Beach counties. He has trained countless professionals throughout Florida in the Collaborative Process.

    Trainer’s Testimonials:
    https://floridacollaborativetrainers.com/testimonials/

    • 18 Sep 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Girard & Johnson, 425 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511

    Brandon POD

    The Brandon POD will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Girard & Johnson,

    425 Lithia Pinecrest Road,

    Brandon, FL 33511

    POD leader Marie-Eve Girard at mgirard@girardjohnson.com

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Brio’s in International Plaza- 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
    Register



    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    4:30 - 6:30 PM at Brio's in International Plaza


    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 PM Networking

    5:00 PM Announcements

    5:30 PM Program Begins


    LOCATION:

    Brio's in International Plaza
    2223 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    Free for NGD Members

    $20.00 for Guests


    • 13 Nov 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Girard & Johnson, 425 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511

    Brandon POD

    The Brandon POD will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Girard & Johnson,

    425 Lithia Pinecrest Road,

    Brandon, FL 33511

    POD leader Marie-Eve Girard at mgirard@girardjohnson.com

    • 09 Dec 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Brio’s in International Plaza- 2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
    Register



    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    4:30 - 6:30 PM at Brio's in International Plaza


    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    4:30 PM Networking

    5:00 PM Announcements

    5:30 PM Program Begins


    LOCATION:

    Brio's in International Plaza
    2223 N. Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    Free for NGD Members

    $20.00 for Guests


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