President’s Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2021

Dear Colleagues:
 
The OACP board and volunteers have been working hard to figure out how best to serve families who want to resolve legal issues respectfully using the Collaborative Divorce process. There’s been a lot of internal work as we navigated going completely online last year and are now figuring out how to best support our professional members and the community with current needs. 
 
Here’s what’s happened so far this year, and what’s coming up next:

OACP has sponsored Collaborative training for attorney fellows at St. Andrew Legal Clinic and The Commons Law Center to increase the availability of reduced rate Collaborative services to low income families. Their training is scheduled to take place in February 2022. We are also exploring the possibility of creating a panel of Collaboratively trained professionals to provide income-based reduced-rate services. If you are interested in helping us with the structure of the program or serving as a member of this “low bono” panel, please email info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org.

Divorce Options, a multi-professional monthly presentation for clients about the different options they have for divorce has restarted via Zoom webinar. The presentation discusses options from DIY to mediation to Collaborative Divorce and litigation. The next presentation is Tuesday, December 14 from noon-1 p.m. Here is the link for clients to register. Professionals, please email info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org if you are interested in presenting.

We’ve had several great Lunch and Learn style Zoom trainings for Collaborative professionals this year (typically the 2nd Friday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m.): Topics included:  Toxic Family Systems: Resist/Refuse Dynamics and Parental Alienation presented by Kathleen Zumpano, MA, MFT and Dr. Zena Polly ; Business Consulting and Valuation presented by Michael Liska, CPA, ABV; Premarital Agreements: Pitfalls and Traps and How to Avoid Them Through the Collaborative Process presented by Patty Arjun and Jo Posey; The Insight Approach to Conflict: Building Intra-personal, Interpersonal and Systemic Capacity presented by Dr. Marnie Jull.

Rakeem Washington and Kasia Rutledge of Engage to Change, LLC led the OACP sponsored Opt-In training series on Recognizing and Interrupting Racism. They are presenting another training on December 10 from 2-5 p.m.: Healthy Communication & Practices in Support of Racial Equity. Registration opens soon!

OACP sponsored and Posey Legal hosted an amazing end of summer Memphis-style BBQ to help Collaborative Professionals connect.

Our Winter Social is December 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Portland– let us know if you can come!  We will be hosting a blanket/coat drive for Old Town Closet (Old Town Church in Forest Grove), so please bring something to donate, if you are able.

The board has voted to make all memberships renew annually on March 31. If you are an existing member who is set to renew before then, your renewal date will be pushed out to March 31, 2022. Members who join before March 31, 2022 will extend to March 31, 2023. Going forward, new members who join between January and March 31 will receive a full year through March 31 of the following year. This update fixes an issue experienced by some “Full members” who had paid for a membership but did not appear on the website. If you were affected by this and would like to request an extension of your membership, please email info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org before March 31, 2022 and your membership will be extended until March 2023. You can log in to check your membership status.

Finally, last but definitely not least, we’ve got an administrative assistant to help with communications and marketing: Tammy Wickizer, who is also “Jill of All Trades” at Alderwood Legal. OACP and Collaborative will be able to have a greater presence online and in the community due to her work.         

Here’s what’s in the works:

We are looking into some back-end issues and working to streamline how the board works to be able to focus more on connecting better with our professional members and the public.
We are working on getting a “Streamlined Collaborative Training” set up for February 11, 2022 ~ details to follow. This training will be presented by Brian Galbraith, the incoming President of the IACP. This training is aimed at making Collaborative Divorce more accessible for both practitioner and client.
We are working on updating our web presence to improve member access to materials as well as to improve public facing access. If you have suggestions for this or can help out, please let us know at info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org.
If you are an OACP member or are on THIS email list, you will see an invitation to join a new Oregon Collaborative Practice Listserv sometime in 2022. The listserv will connect members statewide with practice questions, training opportunities, and referrals.
As always, we will be hosting our Annual Conference in May. If you have an idea for a presentation or would like to help out on the committee, please email info@collaborativepracticeoregon.org

If we don’t see you at the Winter Social, have a happy and healthy holiday season!
 
Kate Hall, President
Oregon Association of Collaborative Professionals
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