| November 29, 2016

A few updates and reminders of what you and your board have been up to since my last message:

Save the Dates

December 1, 2, & 3, 2016: Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Skills Training. For more information click here

December 8, 2016:  CPT Annual Holiday Cocktail Party at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. For more information and to register click here.

January 20, 2017: Deepen and Elevate your Mediation Skills – ILA Proofing your Mediations and Bringing out the Best in Counsel (whether they are at the table or behind the scenes) by Deborah Graham Christine Kim, and Seema Jain. For more information click here.

January 27, 2017: An Emerging New Discipline – The Interplay between Conflict Resolution and Psychology: Implications to the Collaborative Professional by Yuval Berger. For more information click here.

February 15, 2017: CPT Lunch and Learn. For more information click here.

March 30 – April 2, 2017: IACP Institute, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information click here.

May 17, 2017: CPT Lunch and Learn. For more information click here.

Changes to CPT Membership for 2017

As you know, in 2015 CPT joined the IACP as whole group member. This involved all of our members joining the IACP, at a discounted group rate of $100 USD per person (the regular individual IACP rate is $150 USD per person). This change meant an increase in membership fees, and CPT decided to subsidize one-half of the IACP annual fee on behalf of our members to help with the transition. There have been many changes over the past two years and, after much consideration, CPT has decided to withdraw as a whole group member from the IACP.

We strongly support the IACP and will continue to learn much from the international collaborative community. Some of our Toronto members were IACP members before CPT joined as a whole group, and many of you will wish to continue on with individual IACP membership. Please note that your IACP membership through CPT is up at the end of December 2016 and renewal can be arranged directly through the IACP for January 2017.

As a result of this change, the 2017 CPT membership fee will be reduced to $365 plus HST. The cost of associate and student memberships will remain the same. In early December, you will receive an email with a link to log in to complete the renewal process for your 2017 membership.

The decision not to renew CPT’s IACP whole group status was a difficult one. However, along with the increasing cost of events, the rise of the US dollar has significantly increased the cost of our IACP membership fees. At the same time, closer to home there are exciting new initiatives happening throughout our Ontario communities. We will now be able to offer greater support to the OCLF for local initiatives targeted to grow and refine collaborative practice in Ontario, while continuing to provide low-cost educational and social events to our Toronto members.

We are very excited to be able to increase our collaboration with the OCLF and other local communities in the coming year, as we help bring the benefits of Collaborative Practice to families and professionals throughout Ontario.

Judith Johnson Leaving CPT after 15 years of Service

Judith Johnson has recently announced her decision to leave CPT. Judith is looking forward to having more time to play, travel, learn new things as well as continue in her private practice.

The CPT Board wishes to acknowledge Judith’s active service in the CPT community as a family professional, former Board member, educator to collaborative professionals, and consistent participant in a monthly practice group for fifteen years. Judith was an instrumental agent for change at the forefront of the collaborative movement. She was one of the first to recognize the importance of a more holistic approach for separating families. She helped evolve the thinking of separation from a strictly legal process to that of an emotional process requiring differing levels of support to match the changing needs of the clients. Judith generously and patiently shared her time and her insights over many years to help the CPT community transform into a truly interdisciplinary group.

Judith delivered exceptional value to her clients and collaborative professionals in her role as a coach helping professionals working on a team understand not only their challenging clients and family dynamics, but also understand the challenges the professionals themselves experienced working within their team.

On behalf of the CPT community I wish to thank Judith for all her contributions and wish her all the best.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy upcoming holiday season. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Holiday Cocktail Party on December 8th at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club.

Vivian M. Alterman
Chair of CPT

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