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Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS™) Training - Fort Lauderdale
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Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS™) Training - Fort Lauderdale

The CDS™ (Certified Divorce Specialist) program is a customized training focused on the fundamental elements of the divorce process throughout its various stages. It encompasses the industries and professionals instrumental to the process, and pertinent information that all those serving divorcing clients need to know. In addition, the CDS™ program provides a specialized communication skills training that is essential to understanding and assisting clients going through divorce.

10/19/2019 to 10/20/2019
When: Oct 19 & 20, 2019
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Where: Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave,
Davie, Florida  33314
United States
Presenter: Liz Becker
Contact: Victoria Habib
1-888-623-7365 ext 703

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Certified Divorce Specialist Training (CDS™)


The 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. 


CDS™ Program Outline


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.


Day 1 Topics

  • Introduction to the CDS training program
  •  Levels of Learning
  • NLP Communication Model
  • The Seven Stages of the Professional/Client Session Cycle
  • Avoiding resistance and maintaining co-operation with your clients
  • Effective methods of information gathering and precision questioning
  • Tools to manage your client’s emotional state & client's expectations


Part II (Day 2)

Divorce Basics

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.


Day 2 Topics


  • Divorce process options and stages involved
  • Which legal professions might be involved in these processes
  • Important factors in a divorce settlement and parenting plan
  • Religion and Divorce


  • The various financial issues in divorce
  • Which financial professions might be involved in the divorce process
  • The Financial Affidavit


  • The various real estate transactions that occur during divorce
  •  Residential options when going through divorce
  • Which residential professions might be involved in the process

     Mental Health

  • Understanding the emotional stages of your divorcing clients
  • Narcissists & Divorce
  • Domestic violence and divorce
  • Children and Divorce
  • Co-parenting challenges and possible solutions
  • Resources available for you to help your client


CDS™ Benefits

By completing the CDS™ program you will be able to:

  • Become better equipped in assisting your divorcing clients
  •  Understand the legal, financial, residential and mental health implications in the divorce process
  • Communicate more effectively with your divorcing clients leading to more co-operation rather than resistance
  • Be seen as a divorced specialist within your industry
  • Stand out from your competition
  • Become part of a National Directory of Certified Divorce Specialists
  • Receive a discounted rate for NADP membership    



Non Member  $995

Member         $795

10% Early Bird Discount before September 19th, 2019

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