About Us

We provide trainings for Collaborative Professionals throughout Southern California as well as educate the public about their Divorce Options.

CDEI LEADERSHIP TEAM

BRIAN DON LEVY - CDEI LEADERSHIP TEAM
Brian Don Levy is a collaborative attorney, mediator,   published author and trainer in Collaborative Practice.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, Past president of & 6 term member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County and past member of the Board of Directors Collaborative Divorce Professionals of the Inland Empire.  Mr. Levy has also served as a delegate to Collaborative Practice California.  Mr. Levy has been honored by being awarded the prestigious CPCal Eureka Award given to  him by CPCal in recognition of his outstanding achievements.  Mr. Levy has also conceived, written and presented numerous collaborative trainings throughout California, and has provided facilitative services to collaborative practice groups in Southern California.   A detailed list of Mr. Levy's trainign can be found on his web site www.collaborativeattorney.com
DR. CAROL HUGHES - CDEI LEADERSHIP TEAM

Dr. Carol Hughes is an L.M.F.T. who serves on the Board of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, Board of Directors for Collaborative Practice California, and varioous committees for the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.  Dr. Hughes has been honored by receiving the prestigious Eureka Award given to her by CPCAL in recognition of her outstanding achievements.  Dr. Hughes has written and presented numerous collaborative trainings throughout California, and has provided facilitative services to colaborative pactice goups throughout Southern California.  Dr. Hughes web site is www.divorcepeacemaking.com

BRUCE FREDENBURG - CDEI LEADERSHIP TEAM

Bruce Fredenburg, M.S., LMFT, with Board Certification in Clinical Hypnosis has been a licensed therapist for since 1982. He has extensive training in mediation and in the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice, and has also trained in the one coach model. He also is trained and experienced in the management of chronic pain, dealing with trauma, chemical dependency and addictions. As one of the one of the founding members of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC) in 2003, he serves as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Case Manager.  Bruce has held the position of Chair of CDSOC’s Training and Education Committee, which provides monthly training for the practice group. Bruce has twice been a presenter at California’s annual statewide conference for collaborative professionals and has appeared on the Time Warner Public television series “How to Get a Divorce”. He is the author of Two Audio Learning Programs:“Men and Women: How to Understand Each Other”, and Take the Pain Out of Change”, and a compact disc recording Anti-anxiety Tool: “Profound Relaxation.” Bruce was recruited tocreate and teach parenting classes for Adoptive and Foster Parents for County of Orange Social Services AgencyHe has published articles on Male-Female Communication for “Sharing Ideas” a national magazine dedicated to professional speakers, trainers and meeting planners. An award winning speaker, he has presented training programs for corporations, government agencies, schools, and professional associations since 1989.  www.sleepsolutionsmadeeasy.com

Setting the standard for integrity Ms. Collinsworth has risen above her peers and earned a stellar reputation for honesty, “above-board” transparency and professional ethics.


Ms. Collinsworth is a CDFA, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a MAFF, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics. Ms. Collinsworth has been retained as a forensic accountant and expert witness to provide services in the area of family law for almost 20 years.


Ms. Collinsworth has a unique combination of skills: Collaborative Divorce, mediation, litigation and taxation.

Collaborative Professionals offer very specialized services, having undergone extensive training in collaborative mediation methods and procedures. They have developed insights into all aspects of the divorce process.


For the last 10 years Ms. Collinsworth’s practice has been over 80% of out of Court Consensual Dispute Resolution cases. She is collaborativing trained as a neutral financial specialist who works with the collaborative team to help divorcing couples travel down the path of collaborative divorce and away from the horrors of litigation.


Ms. Collinsworth has serviced on the Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County Board for 3 terms. For 2 terms she was the Chairperson of the Education & Training Committee and this term she is Chairperson of the Speakers Bureaus including the development of Divorce Options Workshops in Orange County. Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Ms. Collinsworth was instrumental in bringing Ellen Bruno, an award winning producer and her film, “Split” for the premier showing in Orange County.


Ms. Collinsworth has authored articles, presented seminars, been a guest speakers and has prepared instructional videos all in the field of finances and family law during the last 20 years. WWW.CCCDFA.COM

CDEI TRAINING TEAM

BART CAREY - CDEI TRAINING TEAM

By nature I am more peacemaker than warrior. Even in the most complex/hostile situations, I work as diligently to find 'common ground' as some work to 'demon-ize' the other.
 
My core business is to help divorcing couples, who are not in agreement, find the appropriate tools to guide them through the divorce process. By listening to their real needs and crisis, motional, financial, even spiritual, I seek to direct incorporate the best solutions available.
 
My journey to 'peacemaker' began with my experience as a family law litigator. The negative impacts litigation so often has on families, and especially children, troubled me. My resolution was to find a better way to help families journey through divorce.
 
        *As a professional, I have diligently and extensively  studied and trained in the legal processes of litigation, mediation and collaboration.
        *As a human being, I recognized that the vast majority of people want to be fair and find peace in their divorce so they can move on in life.
        *As a peacemaker, coming to the practice of Collaborative law, for me, is coming home.
 
Divorce is not the end of the family...there are children, grandchildren, graduations, weddings and funerals. As a peacemaker, my mission is to help you and your family journey through this crisis with a better future and hope for a family that does not remain in conflict and continue to cause pain to your children and grandchildren.  Mr. Carey's web site is  
www.familypeacemaker.com

MARVIN CHAPMAN - CDEI TRAINING TEAM

Marvin Chapman

I have been relationship coaching for over 30 years, commencing when I co-founded a nonprofit organization emphasizing responsible fatherhood. During these early years I also interned as a court mediator with Mediation and Conciliation Court Services, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, where I was fortunate to be mentored by some of the innovative pioneers who originated the court-mandated mediation process. After working inside family court and witnessing first-hand how abusive the adversarial system is on individuals and families, I became a passionate advocate for mediation, collaboration, and other nonadversarial approaches. Dr. Chapman's web site is www.marvinchapman.net.

PATRICE COURTEAU - CDEI TRAINING TEAM

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BRUCE FREDENBURG - CDEI TRAINING TEAM

Bruce Fredenburg, M.S., LMFT, with Board Certification in Clinical Hypnosis has been a licensed therapist for since 1982. He has extensive training in mediation and in the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice, and has also trained in the one coach model. He also is trained and experienced in the management of chronic pain, dealing with trauma, chemical dependency and addictions. As one of the one of the founding members of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC) in 2003, he serves as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Case Manager.  Bruce has held the position of Chair of CDSOC’s Training and Education Committee, which provides monthly training for the practice group. Bruce has twice been a presenter at California’s annual statewide conference for collaborative professionals and has appeared on the Time Warner Public television series “How to Get a Divorce”. He is the author of Two Audio Learning Programs: “Men and Women: How to Understand Each Other”, and Take the Pain Out of Change”, and a compact disc recording Anti-anxiety Tool: “Profound Relaxation.” Bruce was recruited to create and teach parenting classes for Adoptive and Foster Parents for County of Orange Social Services Agency. He has published articles on Male-Female Communication for “Sharing Ideas” a national magazine dedicated to professional speakers, trainers and meeting planners. An award winning speaker, he has presented training programs for corporations, government agencies, schools, and professional associations since 1989.

CAROL HUGHES - TRAINING TEAM
Carol R. Hughes, Ph.D., LMFT, holds her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, achieving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is also a two-time Fulbright Scholar. Licensed in 1983 she holds her Board Certification in hypnotherapy, is a Level II EMDR therapist and served as an Associate Processor of Human Services at Saddleback College for ten years.

In 2003 Carol was a co-founder of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC), an interdisciplinary practice group of collaborative divorce professionals, and she has served on CDSOC's Board of Directors in numerous Training and Education capacities, as well as past President. She serves as a Collaborative Divorce Coach, Neutral Child Specialist and Team/Case Manager in Collaborative Divorce and Team Co-mediation cases. She has advanced training in Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Practice, family mediation, interest-based negotiation, developmental issues of children of divorce, domestic violence, trauma recovery, chemical dependency and eating disorders.


For ten years Carol served as an associate professor of Human Services at Saddleback College training prospective counselors, therapists and others pursuing professions in human services. She has served as a custody evaluator and court appointed family therapist and parenting coordinator for the Orange County Superior Court addressing children’s needs in family court disputes. From 2010-2012 Carol served as a member of the Professional Development Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice of California (CP Cal), the Professional Outreach Committee and the CP Cal Annual Conference Program Committee. In 2011 CP Cal honored Carol with the Eureka Award that recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California.

In 2009 Carol was a cofounder of the Collaborative Divorce Education Institute (CDEI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide excellent training for collaborative professionals as well as education for the public about peaceful and respectful solutions for families who are restructuring before, during and after the divorce process. She currently serves on CDEI's Leadership Team and as a CDEI trainer has presented numerous Collaborative Divorce and Team Co-mediation trainings to professionals at the annual conferences of CP Cal and IACP, as well as other professional conferences throughout California.


A detailed list of Carol’s training can be found at https://www.collaborativepractice.com/members/member-profile.aspx. Carol’s websites are www.DivorcePeacemaking.com and www.DrCarolHughes.com.



BRIAN DON LEVY - TRAINING TEAM

Brian is a collaborative attorney and mediator who has rededicated his career to helping families find peaceful solutions.  Having represented matrimonial clients since 1973, Brian specializes in collaborative practice, mediation and other no court solutiuons for families that are restructuring.  He has dedicated his peacemaking career to being trained and to training other collaborative professionals and mediators.  He has published numerous articles on collaborative divorce and mediation, as well as witten and provided multiple collaborative trainings throughout the State of California.  Mr. Levy's trainings are detailed at www.collaborativeattorney.com/trainings.html

LISA ZONDER - TRAINING TEAM

Lisa R. Zonder has been practicing law for more than 20 years, and has handled a wide range of complex divorce cases through both litigation and out-of-court consensual dispute resolution. Lisa was certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Family Law in 1999. After training in large family law firms in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, she founded Zonder Family Law in 2003. She has an active niche boutique family law firm in Westlake Village (Ventura). In the past few years alone, Lisa has successfully handled a high volume of mediated cases, approximately 15 Collaborative Divorce matters (partial and full-team) and countless “Cooperative” Divorce matters.

Lisa has completed over 115 hours of mediation and Collaborative Divorce training. She initially received training in mediation through Woody Mosten, Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute and AIM). She continues to train in advanced mediation and Collaborative Divorce courses including through Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings (CDTT) aka CDI. In 2012, Lisa completed “Train the Trainer” an intensive 5-day program providing trainers with the tools to teach Collaborative practice. In 2013, Lisa served as a Shadow Trainer at Skirball (Los Angeles) for Day 1 of the “Streamlined” Collaborative Process training for professionals.

As a trial lawyer, Lisa witnessed the emotional and financial damage often associated with protracted litigation, and is now dedicated to helping families find peaceful solutions to financial and custody disputes. Lisa is a devoted peacemaker. She volunteers several times monthly as a Settlement Officer at the local court such as Van Nuys, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego Family Courts. Lisa is an active member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), as well as SCMA, CCD, SFVCP and LACFLA. Further, Lisa actively serves as a practice group delegate to the statewide Collaborative Divorce organization known as Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal). She is the Co-Chair of the Education/Programming Committee for Celebration 9 (statewide Collaborative event where professionals gather for networking and training), and served on the fundraising committee.

Lisa recently authored a chapter on the topic of Collaborative Divorce and was published by Aspatore


Lisa began lecturing at “Second Saturday” divorce workshops in San Diego approximately 9 years ago. Second Saturday is a workshop presented by experienced divorce professionals for the benefit of consumers. She continues to lead the Second Saturday workshops in Ventura County.  Lisa previously served as guest lecturer at USD where she taught “Legal Research and Writing” to paralegals which class she also taught as a guest lecturer at CW Post, Long Island years prior. WWW.ZONDERFAMILYLAW.COM

TRACY McKENNEY - IN MEMORIAM

 

In loving memory of Tracy McKenney, Neutral Financial Specialist, dedicated to being a settlement agent in helping divorcing couples stay out of court, devoted Peacemaker, Collaborative Trainer and valued member of the CDEI Training Team 2012 - 2016.

JANN GLASSER - TRAINING TEAM

I have offered solution focused counseling to individuals, couples and families for over three decades. I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA in Psychology, and earned my Master’s Degree from Cal Berkeley in Psychiatric Social Work, graduating Cum Laude.  During my career in mental health, I have worked as a clinician, consultant and served in the capacity of both inpatient and outpatient Program Directors. Supervising medical residents going through psychiatric rotations and providing supervision for professionals needing clinical hours for licensure.

 
Past professional history includes service as an associate professor for UCI extension, teaching classes on relationships and communication skills.
My involvement in the area of Divorce Mediation spans over 30 years and my career as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spans over a decade. I am committed to helping families develop and maintain positive relationships as they transition to post-divorce. Throughout my career, my goal for those I have worked with remains constant: creating the possibility for change within a safe environment that inspires personal growth and clarity.
 
As a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, I serve on the Board of Directors, and recent past President. Memberships also include the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), in addition to serving on the Board of the statewide organization of Collaborative Professionals (CPCAL). Finally, career achievements include membership in the National Association of Family Mediators, and Co-Director of Glasser Mediation Services.

I have offered solution focused counseling to individuals, couples and families for over three decades. I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA in Psychology, and earned my Master’s Degree from Cal Berkeley in Psychiatric Social Work, graduating Cum Laude.  During my career in mental health, I have worked as a clinician, consultant and served in the capacity of both inpatient and outpatient Program Directors. Supervising medical residents going through psychiatric rotations and providing supervision for professionals needing clinical hours for licensure.
 
Past professional history includes service as an associate professor for UCI extension, teaching classes on relationships and communication skills.
My involvement in the area of Divorce Mediation spans over 30 years and my career as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spans over a decade. I am committed to helping families develop and maintain positive relationships as they transition to post-divorce. Throughout my career, my goal for those I have worked with remains constant: creating the possibility for change within a safe environment that inspires personal growth and clarity.
 
As a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, I serve on the Board of Directors, and recent past President. Memberships also include the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), in addition to serving on the Board of the statewide organization of Collaborative Professionals (CPCAL). Finally, career achievements include membership in the National Association of Family Mediators, and Co-Director of Glasser Mediation Services.
I have offered solution focused counseling to individuals, couples and families for over three decades. I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA in Psychology, and earned my Master’s Degree from Cal Berkeley in Psychiatric Social Work, graduating Cum Laude.  During my career in mental health, I have worked as a clinician, consultant and served in the capacity of both inpatient and outpatient Program Directors. Supervising medical residents going through psychiatric rotations and providing supervision for professionals needing clinical hours for licensure.
 
Past professional history includes service as an associate professor for UCI extension, teaching classes on relationships and communication skills.
My involvement in the area of Divorce Mediation spans over 30 years and my career as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spans over a decade. I am committed to helping families develop and maintain positive relationships as they transition to post-divorce. Throughout my career, my goal for those I have worked with remains constant: creating the possibility for change within a safe environment that inspires personal growth and clarity.
 
As a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, I serve on the Board of Directors, and recent past President. Memberships also include the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), in addition to serving on the Board of the statewide organization of Collaborative Professionals (CPCAL). Finally, career achievements include membership in the National Association of Family Mediators, and Co-Director of Glasser Mediation Services.

I have offered solution focused counseling to individuals, couples and families for over three decades. I am a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA in Psychology, and earned my Master’s Degree from Cal Berkeley in Psychiatric Social Work, graduating Cum Laude. During my career in mental health, I have worked as a clinician, consultant and served in the capacity of both inpatient and outpatient Program Directors. Supervising medical residents going through psychiatric rotations and providing supervision for professionals needing clinical hours for licensure.

Past professional history includes service as an associate professor for UCI extension, teaching classes on relationships and communication skills.
My involvement in the area of Divorce Mediation spans over 30 years and my career as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spans over a decade. I am committed to helping families develop and maintain positive relationships as they transition to post-divorce. Throughout my career, my goal for those I have worked with remains constant: creating the possibility for change within a safe environment that inspires personal growth and clarity.

As a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, I serve on the Board of Directors, and recent past President. Memberships also include the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), in addition to serving on the Board of the statewide organization of Collaborative Professionals (CPCAL). Finally, career achievements include membership in the National Association of Family Mediators, and Co-Director of Glasser Mediation Services.


I have been a resident of the Irvine/Newport Beach area for over 35 years, while remaining an active participant in community affairs and raising a family. I am proud to say that I am happily married and the mother of two grown children, both of whom are enjoying their own successes in their careers and marriages.

JANN GLASSER LCSW LMFT - Divorce Coach 
(949) 752-2727
www.ocdivorcecoach.org
jann@ocdivorcecoach.org


MARY ANN ARONSOHN - TRAINING TEAM

Mary Ann Aronsohn is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1989.  She has been a Divorce Coach within the Collaborative Model since 2001.  Based in South Pasadena, she presented in the PACT (Parents And Children Together) program for the 5 years that it existed in Pasadena (a Court-sponsored program focused on co-parenting), teaches co-parenting privately and in classrooms, and participates energetically in three collaborative organizations, (CCD [Coalition For Collaborative Divorce], LACFLA [Los  Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association] and PCD [Pasadena Collaborative Divorce]).  She is a compassionate therapist and strong advocate for collaborative teamwork.

 

Mary Ann is a delegate to CPCal for CCD and PCD, an ongoing committee member for CPCal, and has been an active leader and trainer in all three collaborative groups.  Ms. Aaronsohn has participated in the "Train The Trainer" and "Shadow trainer" programs with CDTT (Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings).

 

Office:  1910 Huntington Drive #15, So. Pasadena, Ca. 91030-4812

(626) 441-5131 

CATHLEEN COLLINSWORTH - TRAINING TEAM

Setting the standard for integrity Ms. Collinsworth has risen above her peers and earned a stellar reputation for honesty, “above-board” transparency and professional ethics.


Ms. Collinsworth is a CDFA, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a MAFF, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics. Ms. Collinsworth has been retained as a forensic accountant and expert witness to provide services in the area of family law for almost 20 years.


Ms. Collinsworth has a unique combination of skills: Collaborative Divorce, mediation, litigation and taxation.

Collaborative Professionals offer very specialized services, having undergone extensive training in collaborative mediation methods and procedures. They have developed insights into all aspects of the divorce process.


For the last 10 years Ms. Collinsworth’s practice has been over 80% of out of Court Consensual Dispute Resolution cases. She is collaborativing trained as a neutral financial specialist who works with the collaborative team to help divorcing couples travel down the path of collaborative divorce and away from the horrors of litigation.


Ms. Collinsworth has serviced on the Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County Board for 3 terms. For 2 terms she was the Chairperson of the Education & Training Committee and this term she is Chairperson of the Speakers Bureaus including the development of Divorce Options Workshops in Orange County. Member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Ms. Collinsworth was instrumental in bringing Ellen Bruno, an award winning producer and her film, “Split” for the premier showing in Orange County.


Ms. Collinsworth has authored articles, presented seminars, been a guest speakers and has prepared instructional videos all in the field of finances and family law during the last 20 years. WWW.CCCDFA.COM

SARA E. MILBURN - TRAINING TEAM
S3333Sara E. Milburn has practiced family law in Orange County for over 35 years  and mediation for the last 30 years. Sara has observed first-hand the tremendous expense and devastation caused by litigation.
In 2004 Sara was trained in Collaborative Divorce and she has continued her commitment to additional training on an annual basis.  She is a member in good standing of  the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and serves as a Board Member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions Orange County.  She is also proud to be a Collaborative Divorce Education Institute Trainer.      
Because there is so much devastation caused by divorce in the traditional manner Sara believes that going to court is seldom the best option for clients. In collaboration or mediation, each client becomes a part of the resolution process, giving both clients more control over their future.  Collaboration can be a part of the healing process, and she is thankful that this option is available to divorcing couples. 
Sara E. Milburn has practiced family law in Orange County for over 35 years  and mediation for the last 30 years. Sara has observed first-hand the tremendous expense and devastation caused by litigation.
In 2004 Sara was trained in Collaborative Divorce and she has continued her commitment to additional training on an annual basis.  She is a member in good standing of  the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and serves as a Board Member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions Orange County.  She is also proud to be a Collaborative Divorce Education Institute Trainer.      
Because there is so much devastation caused by divorce in the traditional manner Sara believes that going to court is seldom the best option for clients. In collaboration or mediation, each client becomes a part of the resolution process, giving both clients more control over their future.  Collaboration can be a part of the healing process, and she is thankful that this option is available to divorcing couples. 
Sara E. Milburn has practices family law in Orange County for over 35 years, and mediation for the last 30 years.  Sara has observed first-hand the tremendous expense and devastation caused by litigation.  in 2004 Sara was trained in Collaborative Divorce and she has continued her commitment to additional training on an annual basis.  She is a member in good standing of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and serves as a Board Member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions Of Orange County.  She is also a proud to be a Collaborative Divorce Education Institute Trainer.
Because there is so much devastation caused by divorce in the traditional manner, Sara believes that going to court is seldom the best option for clients.  In collaboration or mediation, each client becomes a part of the resolution process, giving both clients more control over their future.  Collaboration can be a part of the healing process, and she is thankful that this option is available to divorcing couples.

has practiced family law in Orange County for over 35 years  and mediation for the last 30 years. Sara has observed first-hand the tremendous expense and devastation caused by litigation.
In 2004 Sara was trained in Collaborative Divorce and she has continued her commitment to additional training on an annual basis.  She is a member in good standing of  the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and serves as a Board Member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions Orange County.  She is also proud to be a Collaborative Divorce Education Institute Trainer.      
Because there is so much devastation caused by divorce in the traditional manner Sara believes that going to court is seldom the best option for clients. In collaboration or mediation, each client becomes a part of the resolution process, giving both clients more control over their future.  Collaboration can be a part of the healing process, and she is thankful that this option is available to divorcing couples. 

We help the families in Southern California find peaceful solutions to their divorce by educating them about their divorce options and by equipping a new generation of professional peacemakers with exceptional skills to meet the needs of families in crisis and transition by providing and facilitating intermediate and advanced trainings.