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2023.03.24 The Mental Health Professional in Collaborative Family Law
Friday, March 24, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
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The Mental Health Professional in Collaborative Family Law: What Do They Do?

Presented by Randy Heller, PhD, LMFT, LMHC
Moderator: Anthony Markus, Esq.

Friday, March 24, 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm
via Zoom

Upon completing the registration form, you will be sent Zoom log-in information in your confirmation email.
1.5 Skills CLE Credits will be available for this program. This program is appropriate for newly admitted and/or experienced attorneys and has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board.  Financial aid is available for all NYACP programs. 

Attend this presentation and learn from successes and failures:

• How MHPs can be responsible and effective in generating collaborative cases;
• From the research and vast experience how MHPs are being utilized around the globe;
• The significant distinctions between the role of a Therapist and the role of the Family Specialist, Child Specialist, and Coach;
• How to speak about and encourage your clients to utilize the MHP;
• How to incorporate the MHP to move cases forward;
• How the MHP can assist in managing team conflicts and obstacles;
• Some of the ethical dilemmas MHPs face and how to manage that.

Along with this presentation, there will be a panel discussion led by NYACP MHPs to address your questions and concerns.

Dr. Randy Heller received her doctorate in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She has held multiple positions as an Educator, Exceptional Student Specialist, and Family Counselor for The Broward County School Board beginning in 1980. She is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida, New  York and Connecticut, and works n all three states. Dr. Heller is a Certified Supreme Court Family Mediator, Qualified Parenting Coordinator, and Certified Hypnotherapist, and Founder and Clinical Director of The Family Network, Collaborative Counseling Center for Positive Growth and Change, established in 1994. Heller has had highly successful experience working with all aged individuals, parents, couples, step-families, children of divorce, and students with educational, motivational, and behavioral challenges; facilitating change in their behavior, interactions, and relationships. Dr. Heller is a clinical member and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Heller is an active member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), serves as  a current Board member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP) and the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida (CFLPSF), is Past President of the CFLPSF,  is Co-Chair the Research Committees for IACP and standing Chair of the Research Committee for FACP, on the IACP Higher Education Task Force, and had participated as member of the Access to Collaboration Committees of the IACP for many years.  Dr. Heller has researched and published her doctoral dissertation on Competency and the Role of the Mental Health Counselor in the Collaborative Family Law. She has also published an article in the Collaborative Review Research Edition, and three book chapters on this topic. Heller has also written the syllabus and teaches an elective course for Masters and Doctoral students in Collaborative Divorce at Nova Southeastern University in the Department of Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy, now heading into its eigth year.  Dr. Heller also developed the NSU/Mission United/Family Network/Collaborative Family Law Professionals Veteran Pro Bono Clinic, mentoring new Collaborative Professionals and serving veteran families for seven years. Randy specializes in the understanding of Family Systems and has frequently presented both nationally and internationally for statewide, national, and international organizations about the role of the Mental Health Professional and understanding the dynamics between people in Collaborative Practice.   


Members: Free
Non-Members: $75.00

Attendee Information

  • This event is a virtual event via Zoom.
  • Agenda subject to change.
  • 1.5 Skills CLE Credits will be available for this program.
  • The content of this program is appropriate for experienced attorneys, as well as newly admitted attorneys.
  • This continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board.
  • Financial aid is available for this program.  Please click here for more information.