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David Tyson, (Mental Health Professional)

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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)


David Tyson, (Mental Health Professional)



I believe in the inherent worth of every individual, the sanctity of personal freedom, and responsibility for choices. I enjoy helping people struggle well and live more fully - learning, recovering and growing. I fulfill these beliefs and interests as a second career Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private coaching and psychotherapy practice in Vienna, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. In Collaborative practice, I coach clients as they work through concerns and possibilities encountered in the separation and divorce process. I listen and help you identify and voice your interests and bring your ‘best self’ to this very challenging time in your life. Using the Collaborative team model we provide structure, guidance and support so you can forge a future that you can live with. If you have children, I will guide you toward interim decisions and a co-parenting plan that addresses their needs and welfare. I look forward to answering your questions: Please call. I also highly recommend you read ‘Collaborative Divorce -- The Revolutionary New Way to Restructure Your Family, Resolve Legal Issues, and Move on with Your Life’ by Pauline H. Tesler, M.A., J.D. and Peggy Thompson, PhD. Through my Psychotherapy and Counseling practice, I provide personalized, goal-directed and experiential therapies for individuals, couples, families and groups, tailoring interventions that address each client's unique needs, interests and goals. As a Parenting Consultant, I help clients explore alternatives to resolving their conflicts, including definition and clarification of issues, increased appreciation for various options, and discussion of process ‘fit’ for individual circumstances and preferences. I help parents write healthy and workable co-parenting plans: Parenting planning includes consideration of your interests and values, narrative formation to “tell the kids, family and friends”, access schedule options, writing a tailored plan to your specific family configuration and dealing with high needs (if present), and remaining available to help you through implementation. Through my Mediation services, as a sole or co-mediator, I facilitate out-of-Court resolution of differences, including parenting plans, personal and civil matters. Mediation is a ‘true neutral’ that can explore options, but not make recommendations. I continue my affiliation with Peacemaker Ministries and am certified by the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries as a Certified Christian Conciliator ™. As a Parent Coordinator (in Virginia and the District of Columbia), I help clients with high conflict co-parent dynamics, promote increased awareness and consideration of their children's needs, focus on the present and future, and facilitate and recommend co-parenting decisions. I also provide Executive Coaching for professionals, including leadership development, optimal use of personal strengths, change management, team-building, and strategic negotiations. Background: During my first career I served as a naval officer, aviator, aviation squadron commander, senior leader and educator. Before retiring as a Captain, USN after 26 years of service, I taught as a Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), and enjoyed coaching and counseling military and government service senior executives and their families. After gaining my Master’s in Social Work at National Catholic School of Social Services (NCSSS), I helped those suffering serious mental illness, addiction, and their families in the inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient community mental health settings. I am now in private practice and help my clients realize personal freedom, joy and fulfillment in the midst of and through their changing life circumstances.

Collaborative Practice Group Membership

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Collaborative Services

Collaborative Divorce offers a process to attain an efficient, deep and durable solution to divorce; preserve emotional health and relationships; and, for couples with children, the Collaborative Team process promotes a positive co-parenting relationship and considers your children's wellbeing throughout the process. For all couples, it offers the possibility of a more peaceful end to the marriage and fewer burdens as you both move forward to live your individual futures. I promote Collaborative divorce in the Metro-DC area as a positive alternative to litigation and a more supportive alternative to simple mediation. I have served as a member of the Boards of Directors for the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (CPNV), the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) and the District of Columbia Academy of Collaborative Professionals (DCACP).



Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Virginia
Licensed Individual Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - Washington, DC
Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) - Maryland ,LCSW

Professional Activities

Collaborative Divorce Coach;
Certified Christian Conciliator through ICC Peace, formerly Peacemakers
Individual, Couple, Family Counselor
Executive Coach


Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
2007 Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Training CDTT LLC: Nancy Ross, LCSW; George Richardson, JD; Andrew Hoffman, CFP, CDFA; Vicki Carpel-Miller, MFT 20
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
2008 Family Mediation for Collaborative Professionals Frank Morrison and Judy Rubin 8
2008 Basic Mediation and Collaboration Frank Morrison, Judy Rubin and Karen Richards 22
Additional 15 hours Intermediate/ Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative, or basic professional coach training
2008 The Collaborative Process: Negotiation Skills, Team Communication, and Ethical Issues Virginia CLE team at the VaCP Annual Conference, moderated by Karen Keyes, Esq. 5
2008 Intermediate seminar/Workshop in Interdisciplinary Team Collaborative Legal Practice Pauline Tesler 3
2008 Collaborative Boot Camp: Team Training Co-Chaired by Lisa Herrick and Jamie Lapin and Sponsored by DCACP, CDA, CDRP and CLS (now NVCP) 8
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
2024 Reunification Therapy: A structural Approach Lisa Bennett, PhD 1.0
2023 Tell Me Your Story: The Role and Power of Our Clients' Narratives Natalie Goldberg, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C and Sue Soler, LCSW-C, LICSW 1.5
2023 Tell Me Your Story: The Role and Power of Our Clients Narratives Natalie Goldberg LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C; Sur Soler LCSW-C, LICSW 1.5
2023 Supporting Adults and Children When New Partners Enter The Picture Karen Bonnell, MS 1.5
2023 Parenting Plan - Part two: The Parenting Plan from a Mental Health Perspective Karen S. Bonnelli, MS 2.0
2023 Parenting Plan - Part Two The Parenting Plan from a Mental Health Perspective Karen S. Bonnell, MS 1.5
2022 What You Need to Know About Cross-Border Families Melissa Kucinski, Esq 1.5
2022 Targeted Tools to Resolve Complex Collaborative Impasses Sue Soler, LCSW, Carl Mitlehner, CFP and Jennifer Bradley, JD 1.5
2022 Solid Foundations - How to build Practices and Teams That Withstand the Storms Debbie Beach, LCSW, Don Paris, CPA, MST, CDFA, and Steve Goldman, JD 1.5
2022 See Something Say Something - Navigating Complex Asset Matters During The Collaborative Process Jordan Egert & Jamie Blum 1.5
2022 Divorcing Your Spouse and Staying Married to Uncle Sam Sarah Avila CFP, CDFA 1.5
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
2022 A Parent's Mental Illness Should Not Prevent A Successful Scheduling Plan Stephanie Smith, JD and Patrice Garver, MHP 1.5
2021 Virginia's Uniform Collaborative Law Act: What it Means for Your Collaborative Practice Jennifer A. Bradley, JD, Anne (Jan) W. White, JD, and Karen L. Keyes, JD 1.5
2021 Understanding Domestic Violence and the Challenges in Getting It Right CPNV: Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, LCSW 1.5
2021 Transform Them (Mindfully) Jonathan Foust 1.5
2021 The Flexible Potential of the Child Specialist Role CPNV: Natalie Goldberg and Lisa Herrick 1.5
2021 Streamlining Collaborative Jennifer Bradley, JD, Lynn Fletcher, JD, Natalie Goldber, LCSW, Jane Ochsman Rowney, CDFA 1.5
2021 No Justice, No Peace Barbara Burr, Esquire and Natalie Goldberg, LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW 1.5
2021 Dialectical Behavior Therapy II DCACP: Britt Rathbone, LCSW - C 1.5
2021 Dialectical Behavior Therapy DCACP: Britt Rathbone, LCSW - C 1.5
2021 Collaborating with The Enemy Barbra Burr, JD 1.5
2021 Advocate/Collaborate Robin Taub, JD, Erin Goldberg, JD, Lisa Herrick, PhD 1.5
2021 - “The ‘Invisible Kids’ of Divorce: When Your Parents Divorce in Your Adult Years.” Lisa Herrick, PhD and Sue Soler, LCSW-C, LICSW 1.5
2020 The New Normal CPNV: Steven Goldman, JD & Patrice Garver, PhD 1.5
2020 DBT for Collaborative Cases Britt Rathbone, LCSW-C 3.0
2020 COVID-19 Impacts & Opportunities CPNV: Lisa Herrick, LCSW, Sue Soler, LCSW-C, Natalie Goldberg, LCSW-C, Sarah Zimmerman, JD, Erin Golding, JD 1.5
2019 Why are we so defensive? It’s a shame. Carol Miller Ph. D., Rebecca Landau-Millin Psy.D. and Barbara Burr JD 1.5
2019 What We Don’t Talk About …..Enough Sue Soler LCSW, Natalie Goldberg, LCSW-C and Sarah Zimmerman, JD 1.5
2019 The Terrible Territory of “Resist-Refuse” Dynamics in Collaborative: When Children Push Away From Seeing A Parent Lisa Herrick Ph.D., Natalie Goldberg, L.C.S.W., and Lynn Hawkins, J.D. 1.5
2019 The Space Between: The Richness of Our Work With Clients Before and After and In Between Team Meetings Adele D’Ari, Paul Smoller 1.5
2019 Power, Privilege and Entitlement Barbara Burr, JD and Brandes Ash, JD 1.5
2019 Parent Child Contact Problems and applying collaborative principles Patrice Garver and Lynn Hawkins 1.5
2019 Grief: The Hidden (and Obvious) Driver of So Much That Happens During Our Cases Adele D’Ari Ed. D., Erin Golding, JD and Lisa Herrick Ph.D. 1.5
2019 Difficult Moments in Collaborative Cases Lynn Fletcher, Jennifer Bradley 1
2019 ASD/Nero-Diversity in The Family: How to Better Understand The Neuro-Diverse Adult Client Jamell White, PhD, LCSW-C 1.5
2019 A Collaborative Case Study Jennifer Bradley, Lynn Fletcher, and Lisa Herrick. 1.5
2018 Working Collaboratively Together Debbie Beach, Patrice Garver, Deborah Nackman 1
2018 Tools to Understand Our Clients' Money Personality Erika Schleifman 1
2018 Gate Keeping: Facilitative, Protective, Restrictive Adele D'Ari, Lisa Herrick 1
2018 Collaborative Team Protocols: How A Team Establishes An Environment of Thinking and Reasoning Christine Hissong, Mary Spanka 1
2018 Brainwriting Barbara Burr, Theresa Mihalik 1
2018 Avoiding Financial Mistakes Adam Morgan 1
2018 And They Lived Happily Ever After Carol Miller, J.Chris Brown, Elizabeth Gray 1
2017 What About Me? Listening to The Voice of The Child Deb Nackman & Carol Miller 1.5
2017 Collaborative Protocols and Navigating The Complexities of Divorce Victoria Smith 5
2017 Inside The World of A Solo Coach Adele D'Ari & Lynn Fletcher 1.5
2016 UCLA Jan White 1.5
2016 The Power of a Neutral DCACP 1
2016 The Power of Empathy in Conflict Resolution Charlie Rowan, PC 1
2016 The Collaborative Toolbox DCACP 1
2016 The Challenge of Teams Yuval Berger, MSW & Nancy Cameron, LLB 6
2016 Rethinking Interests, Needs and Goals DCACP 1
2016 Providing and Receiving Feedback Karen Freed, Sue Soler, Andrea Hirsch, Jan White 1.5
2016 Motivational Interviewing Marks/Goldberg 1.5
2016 Ethical Issues in Collaborative Practice Jan White 1.5
2016 Discernment Counseling Rona HItlin-Mason 1.5
2016 Coaching for BIFF Responses to Hostile or Inaccurate Communications Debra Nackmand & Carol Miller 1
2016 Buldiing The Microcontainer from The Ground Up Kate Scharff, LICSW 1
2015 Rhythm of Peace in Arriage and Family KC Dierenfield & Dennis Reiter 2
2015 Interpersonal Neurobiology: Vocational Creativity Curt Thompson, MD 4.5
2015 Interpersonal Neurobiology: Marriage and Human Systems Curt Thompson, MD 9
2015 Dealing with Difficult Parties Daniel Teater & Bryce Thomas 2
2015 Child Maltreatment Reporting Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C 3
2014 Trauma and the Unspoken Voice of the Body Peter Levine, PhD 2
2014 The Power of Full Engagement Diana Fosha, PhD 1
2014 The Marital Truth Trifecta Craig Conrad 2
2014 Pitfalls in Commonly Used ‘Best Practices’ in ADR Sharon Ellison 2
2014 Moving Beyond Agenda When Asking Questions Sharon Ellison 2
2014 Harnessing the Power of Emotion Susan Johnson, EdD and Marlene Best, PhD 4
2014 Forgiving the Unrepentant: Justice, Mercy and Proximity Doug Schmidt 2
2014 Emotional Competence and Self Care Leonard Tamura, PhD 3
2014 Decision Support in Negotiations: The Power of Team Alignment Kimberly J. Fauss 1
2014 Brain Science and Psychotherapy Rick Hanson, PhD 1
2013 Feeling State Addiction (EMDR) Protocol Robert Miller, PhD 13
2013 Collaborative Ethics Tri-State Collaborative Task Force 3
2012 Updates on Collaborative Protocols Paul Smollar, Esq, Jan White, Esq and Susan Butler, Esq 1.5
2012 Trauma Epigenetics, Identification, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Treatment Protocols Various - EMDRIA Regional Conference 22
2012 The Infinity Loop: When the Process becomes the Conflict Adele D'Ari, EDD, Lisa Herrick, PhD, Jan White, Esq., and Paul Smollar, Esq 1.5
2012 The Importance of Examining Our Own Assumptions, Beliefs, Biases and Values Andreah Hirsch, Esq and Marla Zipin, PhD 1.5
2012 The Collaborative Practice Roadshow CDRP 3
2012 Reconciling Marital Conflict Peacemaker Ministries 22
2012 Intractable Issues in Child Custody Disputes Mindy Mitnick - AFCC Conference 12
2012 Empirical Findings Regarding Children and Divorce Lisa Herrick, PhD 1.5
2012 Domestic Violence DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1.5
2012 DC Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) Mary Pence, Esq, Paul Smollar, Esq, Jan White, Esq and Barbara Burr, Esq 1.5
2011 The Military and Divorce I was instructor with Teresa Cole and Cynthia Zagorski, CPA 1.5
2011 The Continuum of Parental Alignment, Estrangement and Alienation in Collaborative Cases Bill Zuckerman, PhD 1.5
2011 Navigating Emotional Currents of Collaborative Divorce Lisa Herrick, PhD, and Kate Scharff, LCSW-C 3
2011 Fees in Collaborative Cases Linda Ravdin, Esq 1.5
2011 Certification Training Peacemaker Ministries 24
2010 Understanding and Managing High Conflict People William A. Eddy, LCSW, Esq. 6
2010 Conflict Coaching and Mediation Training Peacemaker Ministries 24
2010 Advanced Parenting Plan Formulation Lisa Herrick, PhD and Kate Scharff, LCSW-C, LICSW 6
2009 Somatic Imagery and Ego State Psychotherapy Mark Lawrence, MD 9
2009 Parenting Coordination: Helping High Conflict Parents Resolve Disputes AFCC: Joan Kelly, PhD 13
2009 Non-Defensive Communication Sharon Ellison 6.5
2009 Collaborative Models - Which Model Is Right For Your Case Pauline Tesler and Peggy Thompson 6
2009 Collaborative Boot Camp: Team Training Co-Chaired by Lisa Herrick and Barb Burr Sponsored by DCACP 7
2009 Advanced Issues in Child Custody: The Child's Perspective AFCC: Mindy Mitnick, EdM, MA 13
2007 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Training Mary Froning, PhD 48
2006 Psychoanalytic Object Relations and Experiential Training Seminar: Cognitive and experiential psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups, specializing in psychosomatic issues and family systems. Rudolph Bauer, PhD 48
2004 Treating Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Anxiety Disorders Association of America 4
2003 Dialectic Behavior Therapy Behavioral Tech, LCC 12
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