The word “coach” has many meanings. Collaborative Divorce Coaches differ significantly from the “certified divorce coaches” who have proliferated in the past ten years. In the collaborative divorce process, the Divorce Coaches must hold a license in a state, province, or country that requires an advanced degree in a recognized clinical mental health field, requires continuing education, and is regulated by a governing body under a code of ethics. Their license must remain in good standing with their licensing boards, and they must comply with the highest standards of their licensing boards. They may be licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, or licensed psychiatrists and must have at least five years’ experience working with couples and families experiencing separation and divorce.
Collaborative Divorce Coaches must have a background, education, and a minimum of five years’ experience post-licensure in:
- Family systems theory
- Individual and family life cycle and development.
- Assessment of individual and family strengths
- Assessment and challenges of family dynamics in separation and divorce
- Challenges in restructuring families after separation1
Collaborative Divorce Coaches must have completed the following training requirements:
- An Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training that meets the requirements