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"4 Legal Divorce Options: Are You Prepared to Guide Clients Effectively"

  • February 10, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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"4 Legal Divorce Options: Are You Prepared to Guide Clients Effectively"  


  Ria Severance, LMFT,

Marr Aronsohn, LMFT,

Jami Fosgate, family law attorney, and

Steven B. Garelick, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA  


This workshop will help you guide clients heading for divorce. The single, most important decision divorcing couples make is...choosing their divorce process. You will learn about the pros and cons of a Do-It-Yourself Divorce, Litigation, Mediation (Traditional, Co-mediation & Enhanced Mediation) as well as Collaborative Divorce. Clients need to know how the divorce process they choose directly impacts their relationships, values and budgets. The Pasadena Collaborative Divorce professionals speaking are all trained in their respective fields in litigation, mediation and collaborative divorce matters. The presenters are: two marriage and family therapists, one family law attorney, and one forensic CPA.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 4 types of Legal Divorce Processes in California.
  2. Identify 3 types of professionals required for Collaborative Divorce protocols.
  3. When high conflict litigation is the context for a family, identify at least 1 reason that make regular conjoint therapy typically ineffective for a parent and a child.
  4. Identify the 2 kinds of training required for Licensed Mental Health Professionals who serve as Co-Mediators, Collaborative Divorce Coaches and/or Collaborative Child/Adult Child Specialists.


          Ria Severance, LMFT

Ria Severance, LMFT  is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a general practice, a collaborative divorce coach and child specialist, a co-mediator, co-parenting specialist and reunification therapist. During divorce, when no one functions at their best, Ria works to elicit the higher values of divorcing partners, co-parents and their children, while enhancing the willingness and skills needed to align behavior with those values. As she helps move couples towards an honorable close to their marriage/partnership, Ria requires careful consideration of the concerns of young/adult children. 

       Mary Ann Aronsohn, LMFT


Mary Ann Aronsohn, LMFT is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and serves as a collaborative divorce coach, co-mediator, co-parenting specialist and reunification specialist. Mary Ann guides couples through the separation and divorce process, helping to reduce difficult feelings, while facilitating respect so couples can preserve their integrity throughout the process. Ms. Aronsohn offers couples a collaborative divorce assessment, divorce coaching, co- parenting coaching and classes, as well as therapy. Both Ria and Mary Ann offer Decision Counseling to couples on the fence about staying married.

                  Jami Fosgate,

Jami Fosgate is a family law attorney, who switched from a successful marketing career after enduring the legal process of divorce herself. Ms. Fosgate is committed to assisting parents and children through the minefield of divorce by offering smart, effective, affordable, and respectful alternatives to traditional divorce litigation: Jami no longer litigates -- she exclusively offers clients mediation and collaborative divorce services. She helps couples to create win-win agreements tailored to their family's particular needs, budgets and concerns.

            Steven Garelick,

Steven Garelick is a forensic CPA, with numerous additional certifications. Steve serves as a forensic specialist in litigated divorces, as a neutral Collaborative Divorce financial specialist, and as a co-mediator in mediated divorces. Mr. Garelick is able to identify and track hidden assets regardless of the divorce option a couple chooses, and to value businesses. He assists divorcing couples to gather, prepare, and share required financial documents. Steve also assists legal counsel with child and spousal support calculations that take budgetary constraints, needs and wants into account.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 

8:30am-9am  Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast*

9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/Chapter Announcements*

9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

11am-11:15am Member Announcements/Opportunity Drawing*

11:15am-11:30am CEU Certificate Pick-Up/Networking*

11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting ~ All Welcome!*

PLEASE NOTE our new time breakdown above. We now offer 1.5 CEUs. There no longer is structured networking at table at end of speaker presentation.

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


Woodland Hills Country Club (Grand Ballroom)

21150 Dumetz Road Woodland Hills, CA 91364

The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.


$15  SFV-CAMFT chapter member (online Sunday prior to event 11:59pm)

$25 non chapter member  (online Sunday prior to event 11:59pm)

$30 for all  (online week of event or walk-ins)

No phone or email RSVP.

No cash or check, credit card only (we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

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Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


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