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MCFM Professional Development Workshop

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Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wellesley Free Library
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

  Maximum Attendance:  60

CANCELLATIONS:  If you discover after you register that you will not be able to attend, please let us know ASAP by emailing We'll offer your seat to someone on our waiting list. Thanks in advance for your thoughtfulness!


WORKSHOP TOPIC:  "What Research Tells Us About the Effect of Divorce on Children"

Lisa Herrick, Ph.D.
Lisa J. Smith, Esq.
Doris Tennant, Esq.


This live video presentation *** will offer a summary of some of the most useful, relevant and up-to-date conclusions drawn from multiple studies over the last 10 years on divorce and the impact on children. Dr. Herrick’s presentation will include the effects of divorce on children in different age and developmental groups, from infants and toddlers to teens, father involvement, overnights for children under 4, the most important risk factors for all children of divorced parents, and the impact on children of growing up in sole custody vs. shared custody arrangements, including a more detailed look at the impact of different proportions of shared time, up to and including 50-50 shared time for children of all ages.

Lisa J. Smith and Doris Tennant will facilitate the Q&A during the presentation. Following the presentation, Lisa and Doris will provide two roleplays for participants that will include some of the issues raised in Dr. Herrick’s presentation.

 *** NOT a webinar-- you must be present to see the live video presentation and to participate in the Q&A and interactive sessions.


Lisa Herrick, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children, families and couples for 30 years. Dr. Herrick has worked as a Collaborative Coach and as a Child Specialist for 12 years and trains professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada in the arenas of Collaborative divorce, mediation and divorce coaching. With Kate Scharff, she has co-authored "Navigating the Emotional Currents of Collaborative Divorce, A Guide for Enlightened Team Practice" (American Bar Association Press, 2010) and "Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce" (ABA, 2016). Dr. Herrick provides expert witness testimony in cases involving custody, relocation, and parenting plans for infants and toddlers.  

Lisa J. Smith is a collaborative attorney and divorce mediator. Her firm, which was established 24 years ago, focuses exclusively on non-adversarial approaches to family law issues, such as divorce, prenuptial agreements and modifications. Lisa is an MCFM Certified Mediator and a past president of the Massachuetts Collaborative Law Council.

Doris Tennant specializes in the out-of-court dispute resolution of primarily divorce and modification actions, through mediation, Collaborative Law, or lawyer-assisted negotiation. Her cases are often financially complex and include the division of business interests between divorcing parties and the treatment of trusts. She is a member of MCFM and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and has done training for each organization.  



MCFM Member Meet-Up

PLEASE NOTE: “Member Meet-Up" sessions are open to MCFM members only. Nonmembers are welcome to attend the workshop, but they may not register for the Meet-Up sessions.

“Member Meet-Up” is a casual get-together for conversation and connection before each Professional Development Workshop. There’s no set agenda . . . just an informal opportunity to ask questions and share ideas while getting better acquainted with your colleagues. New to MCFM? We’d love to meet you! Not so new to MCFM? Catch up and contribute your thoughts to the conversation.

The session will run from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. If you would like to participate, please sign up using the "Register Now" link.


COST: The workshop and Member Meet-Up are free!
RSVPs REQUESTED for Workshop and Member Meet-Up (available to MCFM members only):

Click "REGISTER NOW" link on this page.


Guests and prospective MCFM members are always welcome at our workshops!






February 13, 2019 2:00 PM   through   4:00 PM
530 Washington Street
Wellesley Free Library
Wellesley, MA 02482
United States

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