One Grand Central Place
60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1420
New York, NY 10165
(NYC Lobby Conference Room)
Continuing Legal Education Training (3 CLE Credits)
Links to all scholarly articles and handouts will be provided via email prior to the meeting
Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 5:00pm
5:00 pm Registration and Networking – A light working dinner will be provided.
5:30 – 8:00 pm Program (150 minutes – CLE program; 30 minutes Mental Health program)
Andy Izenson, Esq. – Lead Presenter
Jessica Rothberg, Esq.
Barbara Rothberg, D.S.W., LCSW
Bob Raymond, Ph.D.
8:30 pm Closing
As the family law landscape evolves, collaborative lawyers and conflict professionals in all fields who deal with divorce issues, begin to find themselves serving clients who are otherwise under-served by family and matrimonial courts and services. From polyamorous triads to cisgender parents seeking support with the needs of their transgender child, this workshop will provide cultural competency training and practice tips for working with queer and transgender clients. There will be a particular focus on assisting transgender clients through divorce and separation. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the unique needs of a range of queer and transgender clients through divorce. Legal as well as psychological issues will be discussed and practical skills will be taught to help collaborative attorneys, family specialists and financial professionals who may work with this population to serve them competently and with sensitivity.
With the legalization of same gender couples marrying in New York, there has been a concomitant rise in the number of same gender couples getting divorced. Many same gender couples choose Collaborative Divorce as the best process for the dissolution of their marriage. Collaborative Divorce professionals working with LGBTQI couples need a knowledge of the specific legal, cultural, sociological, and psychological factors relevant to the LGBTQI population in order to effectively work with this population.
To provide cultural competence for working with queer and trans clients
To learn practical tips to work effectively with queer and trans clients, i.e. affirmative language, how to ask appropriate questions
To understand the legal issues that are specific for queer and trans clients
To understand the different kinds of relationships and emotional and cultural issues for queer and trans clients
To learn and understand common stereotypes and typical faux pas
To learn a glossary of relevant terms, both positive ones and those to avoid.
Andy Izenson, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC, and is a passionate advocate for queer families and for trans and gender nonconforming youth and adults. Andy also advocates through education and public speaking around gender and sexuality, consent and communication, nontraditional family law, and community accountability and transformative justice, and speaks at various organizations and events on the East Coast about those topics, including the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, the LGBT Bar Association Conference, Creating Change, New York University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Skidmore College, and the Family and Divorce Mediation Council.
Barbara Rothberg, D.S.W., LCSW is a couples therapist, mediator and divorce coach. She has been working with the LGBTQ Collaborative Group for the past several years, as well as with the NY Association of Collaborative Professionals. She maintains a therapy practice for couples, helping them work on relationships to stay together, or to separate in the best way possible. She has taught couple therapy for more than 20 years at both Hunter and NYU Graduate Schools of Social Work and completed her doctoral dissertation on Custody Mediation in 1984. Barbara also works as a Child specialist helping parents co-parent whether they are together or apart, and a Divorce Coach to facilitate an amiable divorce. Barbara has been working for more than thirty years, is licensed and holds a doctorate in clinical social work. She practices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Jessica Rothberg, Esq. has been in private practice as a family and divorce mediator for over 15 years and has received extensive mediation and collaborative practice training, including through the Center for Family and Divorce Mediation, The Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the Center for Mediation in Law. Jessica is an active member of the professional mediation and collaborative law communities in New York City and is an Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, an Accredited Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, a member of the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals, the International Association for Collaborative Professionals and the LGBTQI Family Professionals of New York.
Bob Raymond, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in New York, New Jersey, and California. Bob’s work with families involves helping individuals and families meet their goals, whether forming and/or maintaining strong relationships or reconstituting and establishing new interpersonal dynamics appropriate to changing circumstances. He is a certified psychoanalyst who has been Dean of Students at the Couples Institute at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey, where he is a founding member of the Couple’s Training Program. Bob works as a divorce coach, a child specialist, and a parent coordinator – all in the interest of helping families achieve their goals while maximizing their potentials. He works with individuals in psychotherapy, and he has worked as a psychologist for over 25 years. Bob is passionate and committed to assisting others in dealing with the emotional issues which arise in interpersonal relationships. He emphasizes people’s strengths, while helping to identify emotional blocks which impede moving forward. He is actively involved in numerous professional organizations and he is proud to be participating in the newly formed LGBTQI Task Force of the New York State Psychological Association.