It seems as professionals that our educational journey is never complete. Whether we studied law, finance, psychology, social work, or some other discipline to get where we are professionally, that field of study was just the start of honing our skills and learning new ones. We each have some level of continuing education requirement to maintain our professional license, and we all look for different ways to satisfy those hours every year. Though technically there is no training requirement to practice Collaborative Divorce, there is a best practice ethical understanding that taking a Basic Interdisciplinary Training is the door to practicing effectively, but all the time we hear colleagues lament the fact that a basic training has not opened the door sufficiently for a deluge of collaborative cases to flood through.

A reason for this lack of a direct tie between basic training and a deluge of collaborative cases is the fact that if you want more collaborative cases, you need to continue to build your knowledge towards doing better collaborative work. Learning skills and developing tools to use in a variety of situations and devoting your time and efforts towards developing collaborative knowledge. If you are devoting all your continuing education time learning the latest appellate opinions, you are building your legal knowledge, but it doesn’t necessarily grow your collaborative toolbox. Attending an in-person course on advanced litigation strategies simply isn’t likely to teach you anything about Collaborative Divorce and will greatly limit your exposure to collaboratively minded colleagues.

So, why attend the Collaborative Law Course? Focus your time, effort, and energy on the tools you want to learn and grow, rather than the tools of the profession many wish they could leave behind. Unlike any other course provided by the State Bar of Texas, the Collaborative Law Course will:

  1. Provide you the opportunity to meet and network with other Collaborative Professionals, which will help you by:
    1. Exposing you to new ideas and professionals you might not know,
    1. Increasing your name recognition and reputation among those who are practicing Collaborative Divorce,
    1. Opening your mind to new experiences others have had in doing the work, and
    1. Growing your network of like-minded professionals.
  2. Allow you to learn skills that you can utilize to help your clients and make you a better Collaborative Professional.
  3. Take you beyond your Basic Interdisciplinary Training, or perhaps help you understand why you need to take one to effectively practice collaboratively.

If Collaborative Divorce is something more than a listing on your website, you should attend the Collaborative Law Course, and should also attend Advanced Trainings through Collaborative Divorce Texas.

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