The Certified Divorce Specialist ( CDS™) program is a highly involved and participatory training that is divided into two sections. The first section consists of a specialized communication skills training with a focus on integrating those skills in a client-session environment. In the second section, you will learn specific information regarding the legal, financial, mental health and real estate fields that is essential to the divorce process. Upon completion of the course, you must pass a CDS™ program assessment with a 75% or higher to receive the CDS™ designation. After completing the program and passing the assessment, in order to maintain your designation you must pay a $95 reinstatement fee annually and are required to submit 10 hours of divorce-specific continuing education every two years.
Part I (Day 1)
Communication Skills Training
One of the most challenging aspects of serving divorcing clients is having to communicate and build a professional/client relationship with individuals who are at the beginning or midst of an extremely painful process both emotionally and financially. Most are experiencing a plethora of unhealthy and unproductive negative emotions that will ultimately guide their behaviors and choices. In order to help them navigate this turbulent process in an efficient manner, you must be able to communicate in a way that your client has clarity, comfort and confidence. Part 1 of the CDS training strictly focuses on learning valuable tools to successfully manage your divorcing clients both practically and emotionally.
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Part II (Day 2)
When a couple decides to divorce, they begin a long drawn out journey to separate their lives and begin new ones on their own. Aside from the legal steps necessary to end the marriage, the process involves several changes in various other areas including finance, real estate and mental health. Although you might have knowledge in one or more of the areas listed above, if you are providing a service to a divorcing individual, couple, or family, it is imperative for you to familiarize yourself holistically on ALL the parts that are involved and that your client will need help with. There are many areas that require either collaboration or a simply basic understanding in order to properly help your clients make the right decision. One simple choice or step can affect the entire process either negatively or positively. To better serve your clients, this section of the CDS training focuses on fundamental aspects of the divorce process that directly affect those going through it.
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