On April 24, 2014 members of the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey and the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group met, in Westchester, NY, for an advanced collaborative divorce training entitled, “Adult Attachment Style During Relationship Breakdown, A Road Map for Collaborative Professionals”. The training was co-sponsored by the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group and the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals; it featured distinguished speakers, Yuval Berger, MSW, RSW, a mental health professional and collaborative divorce lawyer, Lisa Alexander, BA, LLB. Yuval and Lisa practice in Vancouver, Canada (the site of this year’s upcoming IACP Forum) and have taught collaborative law courses in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.
During the training, attendees learned to identify various attachment styles and how people with each style tend to react during conflict. The program also helped collaborative professionals assess how clients will likely react during the collaborative divorce process, to enable members of the collaborative team to effectively structure the progress of a collaborative divorce to better serve the needs of all members of the family. Attendees also learned to be more cognizant of their own attachment styles and how to best utilize those styles to facilitate the collaborative process for the benefit of their clients.
Larry Esposito, Esq.