Family Therapists and Family Attorneys Working Together to Help Families in Conflict

Earn 3.0 CEUs!  $30 for MAMFT members, $60 for non-members

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Presented By: Ron Ousky, JD & Rachel Livingston, MA, LMFT

Workshop Description:

As an experienced family law attorney, I truly believe that we are embarking on a new era of enlightenment in the area of family law. in which we will increasingly see divorce and separation as more of a health issue and a social transition, rather than as a legal battle. As that enlightenment continues, the role of divorce attorneys (in the traditional sense of “advocacy”) will gradually become less prominent and the various roles of mental health professionals will increase. During that transition, I am hoping that there will be new ways for divorce attorneys and mental health professionals to work together to help families in transition move on to a better future. In this workshop, I will discuss the ways that family law attorneys and mental health professionals can work together with divorcing couples. I also hope to have an interaction dialogue that brings to light even more creative ways for these two helping professions can work together to serve families in transition.

Workshop Objectives:

Help members identify and understand ways that they can help families in conflict by working with their legal professionals.

Presenter Info:

Ron Ousky has worked in family law since his graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1982.   Since that time, Ron has become recognized as an international leader in developing innovative ways to help family law clients. He is a past president of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Minnesota’s Collaborative Law Institute.  In 2015, Ron was awarded the Lawyer as Problem Solver Award by the American Bar Association. In 2006, Ron co-authored The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method that Results in less Stress, Lower Costs and Happier Kids, Without Going to Court, with Stu Webb, the founder of Collaborative Law. The book has been published by Hudson Street Press, a division of Penguin USA, the second largest bookseller in the world, and has been distributed all around the world.  Ron has had the opportunity to speak at many events and forums on the topic of Collaborative Law and has conducted training seminars throughout North America, South America and Europe. Ron has handled thousands of family law cases, including hundreds of cases in each of the following areas: traditional negotiation; mediation; Collaborative Law and litigation.  Since 2003, Ron has worked exclusively in the areas of Collaborative Law and mediation.  Ron believes that the choices people make during their divorce can have an impact on their lives, and the lives of their children for many years. He is dedicated to helping them make choices that will allow them to achieve their highest goals. Ron is also the cofounder of the Collaborative Alliance Executive Suites, believed to be the largest interdisciplinary family law center in the world.

Rachel Livingston is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She received a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University. Rachel provides counseling services to individuals, couples and families for a variety of reasons. Many of Rachel’s clients are navigating transitions and struggles in their relationships, dealing with grief and loss, and trying to cope with divorce related issues like infidelity, co-parenting and blending families. In addition to her counseling practice Rachel offers divorce support services to families. As a qualified neutral under Rule 114 on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Roster of Qualified Neutrals, Rachel provides Mediation and court-appointed Parenting Consulting (PC) services. She is also a Collaborative Law Family Specialist. As a Mediator and Family Specialist, Rachel helps divorcing parents create well-thought out parenting plans as part of their divorce process. The parenting plan is one of the key elements in a divorce decree. Rachel understands that it can be difficult to parent together while deciding to live apart. She has helped hundreds of couples discuss, resolve, and reach agreements about how to tell children about a divorce; parenting time schedules; holiday schedules; decision making for their children; communication issues; introduction of significant others; and other important co-parenting and parenting topics. Following a divorce Rachel provides Parenting Consulting services to parents who need additional help reaching agreements or following the agreements in place. She is obligated by a court order to make decisions for the children if parents are unable to reach agreements on their own. And for co-parents who do not want or need a court order following a divorce, Rachel provides Co-Parenting Mediation to help them resolve conflict and work through the emotional triggers that often times last longer than the divorce process, so that they can reach agreements on their own. Rachel lives in Excelsior. She is the mother of four children, two girls and twin boys, and she is a new “empty-nester.” Rachel enjoys time with family and friends, anything having to do with being on or near the lake, and time with her two dogs. Rachel has always wanted to be a counselor and she continues to find joy in her work. Rachel’s personal experience with her own divorce twelve years ago fueled another passion in her to help families move forward in healthy ways, during and following a divorce.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.


Date & Location

Mother Theresa Hall (Room 102/104)
Saint Mary's University
2440 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Presenter(s): Ron Ousky, JD & Rachel Livingston, MA, LMFT