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Patrice Garver, (Mental Health Professional/Mediator)

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Current Prior

Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours Action
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative,professional coach training
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)


Patrice Garver, (Mental Health Professional/Mediator)



For over 25 years I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults in crisis situations, in therapy, to help develop intervention plans, and to help navigate and address various issues impacting the divorce process. Involvement in the collaborative process provides a divorcing couple with the support and guidance of their individual lawyers outside of court. As a Collaborative Mental Health Coach, I am committed to helping clients apply effective problem-solving and communication techniques to resolve disputes calmly, respectfully, and with within the supportive team format. I also can provide time and space for my client to tell their story, be validated, and to help process and identify stressful and conflicting issues. This practice approach helps negotiate mutually-acceptable resolutions, rather than compel court decisions. As a Child Specialist within the collaborative team, I can offer a constructive way of including the voice of the child or adolescent of divorcing parents. In this role, I gather information about the child's emotional state and experience and integrate this important material into the overall collaborative process. My expertise in child development and assessment adds an additional perspective to share with the parents and team. I have received additional training specifically focusing on divorce mediation skills at Northwestern University and Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Center for Understanding in Conflict-Friedman/Himmelstein) addressing effective problem solving, decision making and communication within the collaborative process.

Collaborative Practice Group Membership

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Collaborative Services

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Professional Activities

2022 CPNV Board Member

CPNV Board Secretary 2017 -2020
CPNV Board President 2021

Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
2015 Collab divorce 2-day team training Lisa Herrick 15 hours
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
2013 Interest-based Negotiation and Mediation skills for Collaborative professionals Herrick/Scharff 30
Additional 15 hours Intermediate/ Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative, or basic professional coach training
2015 When Clients and the Team Collide: Whose Case is it Anyway? IACP/CDA 1.5
2014 What''s so special about special needs children and divorce? CPNV/Goldberg 1
2014 VaCP 7th Annual Meeting/Adult attachment Style During Separation and divorce VaCP/3C Institute Berger/Alexander 6
2014 Building your collaborative practice CPNV/D'Ari/Moher 1
2013 Advanced Collaborative Training: create a deep and durable parenting plan CPTI/Herrick/Scharff 5.5
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
2023 Trauma-Responsive Collaborative Practice (16th VaCP) 11-13-23 Dana Baerger, J.D., Ph.D. 6
2022 Transitioning Clients in Collaborative Divorce Michael McHugh, Esq. and Teresa Cole, Esq. 1.5
2022 Targeted Tools to Resolve Complex Collaborative Impasses Carl Mitlehner, CFP®, Sue Soler, LCSW, and Jennifer Bradley, JD 1.5
2022 Solid Foundations -How to build practices that withstand the storm Debbie Beach/Don Paris/Steven Goldman 1.5
2022 Managing Challenges in the Collaborative Divorce Process: Cognitive Bias, Mental Health, High Conflict Personality Disorders, and Addictions Dr. Beth I. Wilner, Ph.D. 6
2022 If You See Something Say Something Jamie Blum/ Jordan Egert 1.5
2022 Divorcing your spouse, but staying married to Uncle Sam Sarah Avila, CFP®, CDFA® 1.5
2022 DCACP: The Long and Winding Farewell: How Divorce Changes What We Think We Know About Grief Hope Edelman 4.5
2022 Collaborative Clients: When kumbaya is not enough. Barbara Burr, Esq. 1.5
2022 A Parent’s Mental Illness Should Not Prevent a Successful Parenting Plan Stephanie Smith, JD, and Patrice Garver, MHP 1.5
2021 Understanding Domestic Violence and the Challenges in Getting It Right CPNV: Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW 1.5
2021 UCLA -What it means to. your Collaborative Practice J.Bradley, K Keyes, J. White 1.5
2021 Transform Them Jonathan Foust MA 1.5
2021 The Flexible Potential of the Child Specialist Role CPNV: Natalie Goldberg and Lisa Herrick 1.5
2021 Should Va. Create a Presumption of Shared /Custody L.Herrick/AdeleD./Jennifer Bradley 1.5
2021 No Justice, No Peace B. Burr/N. Goldberg 1.5
2021 Maximizing the Role of a Financial Neutral in Unprecedented Times (14th VaCP) Jane Rowny, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Jamie Blum, CPA, CDFA®, & Jordan Egert, CPA, CFE, CDFA® 2
2021 Hold on To your Hats/Streamlining strategies Goldberg/Bradley/Fletcher/Ochsman-Rowney 1.5
2021 DBT theory/concepts applied to the Collaborative Process B. Rathbone 1.5
2021 Changes, Practical Applications and Issues now that the UCLA Statute has been Enacted (14th VaCP) Teresa Cole, JD, Karen Keyes, JD & Cheryl Smith, JD 1.25
2021 Beyond Spread Sheets and Cash Flow a Deep Dive into the Financial Neutral's role Debbie May CPA & Robin Taub JD 1.5
2021 A Deeper Dive into the Role of the Child Specialist (14th VaCP) Natalie Goldberg, LCSW & Lisa Herrick, PhD 2.75
2020 Yikes-My Client is recently sober-integrating substance abuse recover into a parenting plan Natalie Goldberg/George Young 1.5
2020 The Psychological and Ethical Dimensions of Collaborative Practice David A. Hoffman, Collaborative Attorney & Mediator 6
2020 The New Normal CPNV: Steve Goldman & Patrice Garver 1.5
2020 Prenups, the Collaborative Way CPNV: Michael McHugh & Lynn Fletcher 1.5
2020 IACP Conference Virtual 10
2020 Disclosure, Distraction, Denial, Dunno Addressing Full. disclosure of Ambiguous adultery in CD Steve Goldman/David Ginsburg 1.5
2020 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Adapting Techniques for Collaborative Practice CPNV: Britt Rathbone 3
2020 CPNV During Covid-19-Impacts and Opportunity Goldberg/Herrick/Soler/Bradley/Moher 1.5
2019 Women & Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line CPNVPeter Gorman&Rodney Brandon 1.5
2019 Valuing the Child IACP Webinar: Deborah Clemmensen, Yuval Berger, Kristin Little 1
2019 UCLA law and VA TeresaCole and Karen Keyes 1.5
2019 The Space Between: The Richness of Our Work with Clients Before and CPNVAdele D’Ari and Paul Smollar 1.5
2019 Parent Child Contact Problems& Applying Collaborative Principles CPNVPatrice Garver & Lynn Hawkins 2
2019 IACP conference Chicago Conference pre and reg workshops 10
2019 Difficult Moments in Collaborative Cases CPNVLynn Fletcher & Jennifer Bradley 1.5
2019 Collaborative Case Study CPNVJennifer Bradley, Lynn Fletcher, and Lisa Herrick 1.5
2019 ASD/Neuro-diversity in the Family CPNV: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C 1.5
2018 Working creatively with Conflict Presenter w/ D. Beach/ D. Nachman 2
2018 VA Legislative and Case Law Update (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Christopher Macturk, JD 1
2018 UCLA Panel: What’s In It For Me? (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Del. David Toscano; Robert Merlin, PA; Teresa Cole, JD; and Cathleen Rea, PhD 1.25
2018 Support Redux: Navigating the New Tax Laws and the Emotional Challenges They Create for Spouses (and Teams) (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Sanford Cassel, PhD; Frank Morrison, JD; Gigi Robson, CPA, CDFA; and Paul Smollar, JD 3.25
2018 Divorce Through a Developmental Lens Kate Scharff and Lisa Herrick 1
2018 Creative Sue Soler LCSW/ Debbie May CPA Suzy Epstein JD 1
2018 Collab. TEAM protocols/How the team establishes an environment of thinking and reasoning Christine Hissong/Mary Szpanka 1
2018 CMF Foundation Ethics/Mediation Richmond VA 4
2017 Working Creatively w/ conflict Gary Friedman.Jack Himmelstein/K.Miller 40
2017 Where are we now with Collaborative Divorce.? A. Bonin/P. Palombi/P.Mollar 1
2017 What does Neutrality Looks Like? Natalie Goldberg/L. Herrick 1
2017 Update on Divorce Option program R. Hitlin Mason/c. Loy/C. Rowan 1
2017 Stop Driving a the End nges: Working Together to Resolve Disputesof your Hood PGarver/M.McHugh.E. Schliefman 1
2017 IACP Conference-Philadelphia various 6
2017 General Marketing Principals Larry Rockwell 1
2017 Divorce Mediation 40 Hour Program Northwestern University NW Professional Studies /Gibbons 40
2017 Creating the conditions of growth as help client with divorce process Lisa Herrick/Kate Scharff 6
2017 Business Valuations in Collaborative Divorce J.Bradley Erika Schliefman 1
2016 The challenges of substance abuse or addiction issues in collaborative CPNV/Herrick/Bonin/Moher 6
2016 The Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in Virginia. Should We Care? CPNV/ O\'Brien/ White 1
2016 The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution CPNV/Rowan 1
2016 Team Challenges: Working Together to Resolve Disputes CPTI/3C Institute 6
2016 Round table discussion: marketing collaborative CPNV/Moher/Hayden/Lee/Palombi 1
2016 Motivational interviewing and collaborative divorce CPNV/ Goldberg/ Marks 1
2016 Is One Client Controlling the Team? CPNV/ McHugh 1
2016 Effective Communication with Clients: Challenges Of Bearing the news /9th Annual Meeting Marjorie Aaron . JD 6
2016 Discernment Counseling CPNV/Hitlin-Mason 1
2015 When Clients and the Team Collide: Whose Case is it Anyway? IACP/CDA 1.5
2015 Transforming Impasse from Problem into Opportunity IACP/CDA 3
2015 Sherlock Holmes, Escher, Bach: Authentic Presence and the Art of Seeing IACP/CDA 1.5
2015 It\'s All About the Frame: A Deeper Look at Conflict IACP/CDA 5
2015 Ethical and practical considerations for Virginia collaborative law practice CPNV/Hayden 1
2015 Creating the Conditions for Growth: Collaborative Divorce as a developmental experience CDA/IACP/Herrick/Scharff 5
2014 VaCP 7th Annual Meeting/Adult attachment Style During Separation and divorce VaCP/3C Institute Berger/Alexander 6
2014 The Basics of Divorce Law for Nonlawyers DCAP/CPTI 3
2014 Collaborative Practice and the Human Brain Tesler/3C Institute/DCACP 6
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