About Collaborative Practice San Francisco
(www.collaborativepracticesanfrancisco.com or www.cp-sf.com)
Our Mission Statement: "To foster a collegial community committed to enchancing practice excellence by developing skills, knowledge and competency in constructive conflict resolution."
Collaborative Practice San Francisco (CPSF) is an alliance of individual, unaffiliated, collaborative practitioners trained and experienced in Collaborative Practice and committed to avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group consists of family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals. All members:
- have completed the required trainings in the collaborative process
- are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and
- are committed and adhere to the standards and ethics for collaborative practitioners which have been developed by the IACP.
We are committed to the Collaborative Process, an approach to solving problems by reaching mutually agreeable solutions. Clients and professionals work together, respectfully and in good faith, to gather the information needed to reach an agreement. The goal is a win/win situation for all.
One of the essential elements of the Collaborative Process is that all parties and their attorneys agree at the outset that the case will be settled, not contested. If the case cannot be settled, the attorneys and other professionals must withdraw. All discovery work will remain confidential and will not be available if the case goes to court. Typically clients and professionals meet to discuss issues, make interim arrangements and plan for information gathering. A team will be assembled based on the clients needs and can include attorneys, coaches, financial experts, child specialists and other professionals as needed. Information gathered will be shared with the other clients and team members in order to clarify each parties' interests and stimulate ideas for possible solutions.
A settlement, which meets the approval of all clients, can then be fashioned. This method of handling conflict is designed to minimize hostility and allow the parties the possibility of a cordial relationship in the future.