New Paradigm Training

offers professional interdisciplinary training for Collaborative Professionals and their staff.


The Collaborative Law Process

Collaborative Law - the New Paradigm

Collaborative Law is a process that seeks to assist the parties in resolving their cases through interest-based negotiation rather than position-based negotiation without the trauma or expense of “going to court.” The process involves attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals working with the clients in face-to-face meetings.  These meetings explore the parties’ interests, goals and options with a civilized approach designed to reach a “win-win” resolution for the parties. 
The Collaborative Law process is an excellent tool for resolving divorce and family law cases, as well as civil cases including guardianship and probate.  New Paradigm Collaborative Law Training events are designed for those new to the collaborative process as well as experienced collaborative professionals. 



Collaborative Law - The New Paradigm

New Paradigm Training's objective is to train attorneys, financial professionals, mental health professionals and legal staff about the collaborative process methods for resolving disputes in a less destructive manner than traditional litigation.

New Paradigm Basic Interdisciplinary Training Topics

  1. The theory of Interest-Based Negotiation and its techniques.
  2. The distinction between Interest-Based Negotiations and Position-Based Negotiations and how to impart that information to the clients.
  3. The paradigm shift concepts for attorneys, mental heath professionals and financial professionals when involved in a collaborative case.
  4. The various models of the Collaborative Law processes, including the California model (two-coach model), the Texas model (neutral model), Zimbabwe model, and the attorney-only model.
  5. Determine the roles of the attorneys, mental health professionals and the financial professionals in the collaborative process using the Texas Model (neutral model).
  6. The step-by-step process of helping the client from the first call to the office through the completion of the collaborative process, utilizing proven methods of preparing for and conducting meetings, including telephone and live pre-meetings, joint meetings and debriefings with the clients and the other collaborative professionals and the offline meetings with the neutral professionals.
  7. The attributes, advantages and disadvantages of the various models of conflict resolution, including the Collaborative Law Process, mediation and litigation for clients.
  8. Situations in which the Collaborative Process is not suitable for certain clients.
  9. Methods to engage the client in the Collaborative Process.
  10. The need and or attributes for incorporating other professionals into the team such as child specialists or business evaluators.
  11. Exploring clients’ concerns, goals and interests from first meeting with the attorney through the full team meetings.
  12. Methods for professionals to market their collaborative practice.
  13. Developing and evaluating options to address clients' concerns and interests and achieving the clients’ goals.
  14. Learn the value and methods of conducting offline meetings with the mental health professional and the financial professional, and what the team members need to understand happens in any offline meeting.
  15. Multiple Role Plays to enable the attendees to effectively practice Collaborative Law skills.

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    New Paradigm Training is based in Denton, Texas and provides Collaborative Law training events throughout the United States and Canada for attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals and their staff.