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Frequently Asked Questions

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    Will I be ready to practice Collaborative Law after attending an initial Collaborative Training?

    Our initial Collaborative Training is essential to start practicing in the Collaborative Law process, but no Basic Collaborative training can teach everything. We believe that our Basic Collaborative Law Training is the most advanced of its kind available, and it exceeds the requirements of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Minimum Standards for Basic Collaborative Law Training. The IACP Minimum Standards for Collaborative Practitioners requires that practitioners attend a Basic Training, and also at least one thirty hour training in client-centered facilitative conflict resolution of the kind typically taught in mediation training (interest-based, narrative, or transformative mediation programs), and fifteen hours of additional training. We strongly recommend that newer practitioners obtain this additional training and initially limit their work to less complex cases. We also highly recommend ongoing continuing education.

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    Do you provide written materials at your trainings?

    Participants at our trainings receive written materials applicable to that training. Those who attend our Basic Training receive a comprehensive manual on practicing Collaborative Law and a CD with valuable handouts, checklists, and forms.

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    Are your trainings eligible for CLE or CEU credits?

    Most of our trainings are approved for CLE and CEU credits. Please see the individual program descriptions for details. For Washington lawyers, we report CLE credits to the Washington State Bar Association. Non-lawyers and lawyers from other states must report their own attendance. We normally provide all attendees at our programs a certificate of attendance.

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    Do your programs start and end on time? What if I want to arrive late or leave early?

    To ensure accurate reporting of continuing education credits and to maximize the value of our programs, we start and end our programs at the scheduled times. We try to make every minute count, so our trainings are chockablock full of valuable information. We strongly recommend that you schedule yourself to be able to attend the entire training.

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    May I video or audio record trainings?

    Sorry, video and audio recording is not allowed. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for unusual circumstances.

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    If I am not able to make the training, may I request a refund?

    Of course. For cancellations received at least three days before a training, tuition will be refunded in full less a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after three days prior to training, but you are free to send someone in your place.

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    Are discounted hotel rooms available?

    We sometimes make arrangements with our venues to have discounted hotel rooms available. Contact us to find out if discounted rooms are available for your training.

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    What food is included in the trainings?

    A few light refreshments are usually provided at our trainings, such as light snacks in the morning and afternoon. Meals are on your own. Feel free to bring your own snacks if you have food allergies or special dietary needs.

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    May I transfer my tuition from one training to another training?

    Due to administrative limitations, tuition may not be transferred from one training to another training. However, you are free to send someone else in your place. A refund (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you cancel within the time frame listed in our policies.

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    How can you help with questions about membership in groups such as IACP, CPW, KCCL, and others?

    The Seattle Collaborative Law Training Group is a separate organization from other Collaborative Practice organizations. Each group has its own membership criteria, and designated people who handle membership who can assist you with your questions. Although our principals and instructors are members of many Collaborative Practice organizations, and may be leaders in some, membership questions should be directed to those groups directly.

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    Are all your trainings in Seattle?

    Seattle is our home base, and our trainings in Seattle are self-produced. We can train anywhere in the world, and would be delighted to bring a training to your community. Please contact us to discuss how to make that happen.

What people say…

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