Training and Education

Fellows Collaborative Skills Trainings (FCST)

Optimizing Strategies for the Effective Collaborative Team

December 3, 2021 (12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)

Fellows Laura Bare, Eva Kogut, Jessica Malmquist, and Lydia Richardson will lead this interactive training covering the following topics:

  • What each of the professionals on the team need from one another to be effective.
  • Inter-team communication (what we want, what we need as individual professionals)
  • Normalizing the use of neutrals
  • Hazards and risks of playing catchup: Financial, time, missed information, missed opportunities
  • Pre-Briefs, De-briefs
  • Collaborative team protocols and how to address deficiencies
  • Helping clients frame their goals and concerns
  • Soliciting, accepting, and receiving feedback
  • Pros and cons of working with the same group (from a Collaborative team perspective and the divorcing couple)
  • Thinking beyond the Collaborative case


Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training

September 30 – October 1, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day). Location: Chicago Loop (tentative). Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

Mediation Training

Membership in CDI requires the completion of a Basic Training and a 40-hour mediation training. Below are providers who offer the mediation training. Read the requirements to become a CDI Fellow.

NOTE: If you wish to take a non-CDI sponsored training to fulfill CDI’s requirements for membership, before you register for the non-CLII sponsored training, you must submit a table of contents for the course and bios of the trainers for review by the CLII Membership Committee. Questions? Please contact the CLII Administrator at:

Other Educational Opportunities

If you’re interested in attending a non-CDI program for FCST credit or to satisfy the Basic Training requirement for membership, please check with CDI first to ensure that it meets the FCST requirements (1: it is a training that directly relates to the skills necessary to engage in interest-based negotiations and Collaborative Practice; 2: it concentrates on process rather than substance and should be highly interactive; 3: it is designed to enhance a professionals’ ability to fulfill their role on a Collaborative team.) Please email the program title, description and program provider’s name to

For other Collaborative-related trainings around the country, check out the  International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) page.