Wednesday, April 29, 2021

Collaborative Practice Comes to Israel

The first set of trainings in interdisciplinary team collaborative practice will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel in mid-May, 2009. Co-sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Justice and the Israeli Bar Association, with additional funding from the U.S. State Department, this training is expected to draw as many as 75 participants (lawyers and mental health professionals).

There will be two short educational workshops prior to the trainings, for interested people working in the field of divorce conflict resolution, including lawyers, judges, mediators, and mental health professionals, the first in Tel Aviv on May 7, and the second in Haifa on May 10.

The Israeli Bar Association will host two three day team trainings, which are to take place on May 13-15, and May 17-19. I will be presenting these trainings with my colleague from Vancouver, B.C., psychologist Yuval Berger. Yuval gave an introductory talk to Israeli lawyers some months ago and stirred up initial interest in collaborative practice. In addition, Haifa lawyer Michal Kaempfer has started the first Israeli collaborative practice group after attending two events in Ireland in May, 2008---the Cork Collaborative Conference, followed by a two-day training of mine in Dublin sponsored by the Legal Aid Board of Ireland. We are expecting that collaborative practice will be off to a running start in Israel after these two trainings produce a cadre of trained collaborative professionals ready to work with clients.

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