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Linda Cohan has over 25 years experience combining clinical social work, human resource consulting and executive coaching, http://www.lindacohan.com. She works with all levels of professionals in organizations to increase productivity, improve morale and develop a climate of leadership that gets results.
As a neutral coach facilitator, Linda is on the Board of the Mass Collaborative Law Council and also on the Board of Directors for the Divorce Center. Linda was on the faculty that led introductory collaborative law training for 90 business and family practitioners in Madrid. Spain in May of 2014 and a faculty member for training to be held in Bilbao Spain, November of 2015.
In addition to obtaining her BA and Masters in Social Work from Boston University, Linda has also had training in mediation through the Worcester Community Action Council and is a collaboratively trained coach through the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Linda received advanced coaching certification through Success Unlimited Network, and is certified through the Lynne Learning Labs to train and use the assessment tool- Index for Emotional Intelligence.
Lynn K. Cooper, Ed.D., A.B.P.P., is a licensed and Board-Certified clinical psychologist, a divorce mediator certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a collaborative coach, with an office in Newton, MA. She is a past president, Certification Committee chairperson and current member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and she is also a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Stephen Hitner is well-acquainted with the Massachusetts divorce process. After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars from 1996 till 2008 to get through the litigation process, he set out to bring guidelines and structure to the divorce laws in Massachusetts. In 2009 he was appointed by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to work with representatives of the Legal Bars including the Mass Bar, the Boston Bar and the Women’s Bar. As a pro-active member of the Alimony Reform Task Force he gained the understanding of the needs of both parties of divorce, and the destructive process and outcomes of divorce litigation. Stephen has the ability to bring people together to negotiate a fair settlement so that they both can move forward with their lives.
Stephen Hitner is not an attorney, rather he is a person who went thru the process and believes that people who once were great friends should be able to continue as great parents after divorce. The fact that in many cases children are involved the major focus should be in their best interests. Divorce is the end of a marriage, it need not be the end of a family, especially when children are involved.
Stephen will strive to keep divorcing couples in control of their divorce with fairness to both sides. The last thing divorcing couples want is to have complete strangers make decisions for them that will control the rest of their lives. As a past educator, he will educate you to the Massachusetts divorce laws and the divorce process so that both parties can make informed decisions. He is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.
“Each of us deserves to have peace and joy in our lives. Healthy relationships greatly contribute to this. However, sometimes divorce occurs despite best intentions and sincere efforts to avoid this. Professional support can assist individuals in making sense of and healing from divorce. I take a compassionate and respectful approach with each of my clients.”
David Poles is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is also a trained Coach having studied with both the Online Coaching Institute and International Coaches Association training program. He offers individual sessions, marital and premarital couples counseling sessions, family education and support for loved ones of addicts, and mandated substance abuse evaluations. He also co-facilitated from 2013 to 2014 The Divorce Center’s court-mandated Parents Apart classes for parents going through divorce. His specialty is in empowering adult clients to improve relationships, rebuild self-esteem, and become more resilient from adversity.
Our relationships are among the most significant factors in our happiness and well-being. And yet, sometimes, despite all our best efforts, a relationship will end. Psychotherapy can help you manage this difficult transition with compassion, understanding and integrity. When these relationships are in turmoil, I can help the individuals and couples and children to navigate the challenges of break-ups and divorce.
As founder of the Mending Fences Institute, Beth is dedicated to guiding families through divorce, reunification and other conflicts through coaching, mediation, and therapy. With over 25 years of experience, she brings practical solutions and emotional healing to each case. Beth is adept at handling complex family dynamics such as divorce, trauma, relationship issues, learning disabilities, transitions or reunification. Her goal is to help families make the transition from couples with children to co-parents who communicate well and share time with their children. Her success is augmented by her extensive experience working with children and teens.
She is a certified Collaborative Coach and Mediator. She is a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group. She is a member of the Mass Council on Family Mediation. She consults with schools, hospitals, lawyers, the courts, and doctors on complex issues such as divorce, alienation, learning disability, life transition and behavioral issues.
She uses eclectic therapeutic modalities such as family system theory, individual play therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), and empowerment strategies with a focus on practical solutions that improve the lives of her clients.
Beth is a board member of the Divorce Center and an instructor for the court-mandated Parents Apart course.
With more than three decades of indispensable contributions to the legal sector, Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW, has been recognized for her professional success as an attorney at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, a multidisciplinary law firm notably devoted to an alternative conflict resolution orientation to the practice of law. With her dual-degree in clinical social work and family law, Ms. Shemin is distinctively well-suited to offer clients an array of dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law, consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, guardianad litem evaluative opinions, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements – and even has a sub-specialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.”
Her interest in “paying it forward” is evidenced both in the writing and publication of her scholarly articles and chapter for “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning” for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE), as well as in her time that was devoted to being an adjunct instructor in family law, ethics and mental health law at Boston University School of Social Work, and as a guest lecturer on mediation, collaborative law, diversity, domestic violence and power imbalance issues in family law cases, post- divorce financial planning, and co-parenting topics for the American Bar Association, MCLE, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. (MCFM).
Attorney Shemin is also a Florida Supreme Court certified family law mediator and has also been credentialed as a certified family mediator by MCFM, has earned a 10.0 “excellent” AVVO rating, and has recently been inducted into the Worldwide Registry for her many accomplishments. An active member within her industry, Attorney Shemin is a founding member of the national organization, Academy of Professional Family Mediators; an Executive Board Member of MCFM; and co-chair of the Greater Boston Collaborative Law Practice Group.
Attorney Shemin is currently working on a book entitled – “Letters To Ex-Spouses:…And I Just Wanted You To Know” – combining her interests in psychology and law, which she fervently believes will be a contribution to those professions, as well as to the fields of medicine and theology. (If interested in contributing anonymously to the book, please contact Attorney Shemin directly.)
Heidi Werther works with individuals, groups, and families helping them to realize they have options; they have choices. As a family mediator, she specializes in divorce related matters including child custody, support, parenting plans, and modifications. She facilitates conversations empowering her clients to uncover what’s important to them; to allow them to resolve conflict, move forward and develop creative solutions that work for them. Heidi knows that her clients are the best to determine how to move beyond their conflict. She values the long-term benefit that communication during the divorce process can bring.
Heidi obtained her MS, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through CTI, Coaches Training Institute. She is also certified under the International Coach Federation as an ACC. Heidi is a member of several mediation and coaching organizations, and is an active board member on two boards; Center for Mediation and Collaboration of Rhode Island and Boston Cancer Support.
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