Free educational workshop

Healthier Path to Divorce: What Every Therapist Need to Know

Workshop leader: Ani Mason, Esq.

When: July 24, Wednesday, 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm

Where: 41 E 11th Street; 4th Floor; NYC, 10003

No charge, but RSVP is required - by email to or phone646-522-1056. This workshop will be repeated in fall - please let us know if you are interested.

Just as there are different approaches to the practice of psychoanalysis, the legal community offers three substantially different approaches to divorce: Mediation, Collaborative Law and Litigation. It's important for anyone contemplating divorce to understand these three "divorce options," since the choice of how to divorce will significantly impact one's experience of the divorce itself. This talk will provide attendees with a basic understanding of how divorce works in New York, as well as a more in-depth appreciation for each of the three major "divorce options" mentioned above. With a fuller understanding of their options at the outset of their divorce, a divorcing individual is better able to elect the divorce process option best suited to their unique situation, thus minimizing the pain, destructiveness and often the expense of a uniquely challenging process.

A special note for clinicians:

In order for an individual to identify the divorce process best suited to them, they will need to make a number of psychological self-assessments, including their ability to work in the same room with their spouse, to articulate their own needs and desires for a settlement (especially when those conflict with their spouse's), to tolerate their spouse's separate experience and needs/desires for a settlement, and a host of other psychologically demanding tasks at a time of heightened stress. Few professionals are better situated to assist an individual in this self-evaluation process than the individual's therapist.

Learning Points:

Participants will deepen their ability to support clients going through a divorce by understanding key components of the divorce process, including:

    a. Familiarizing themselves with the three distinct approaches to divorce.

    b. Identifying qualities of these different approaches to divorce that may be suited to or otherwise impact clients' psychological strengths and deficits.

    c. Exploring ways to modify a particular divorce approach to better address clients' needs.

    d. Understanding how best to collaborate with attorneys and mediators to ensure the best possible experience and outcome for clients.

Bio of the workshop leader:

Ani Mason, Esq. is a collaborative divorce lawyer and mediator in New York City and Westchester County. Her practice is focused on helping couples navigate complex family law issues in a respectful and constructive way. 

Ani's abiding interest in psychoanalytic theory and practice led her to complete the first year of the License Qualifying Program in Psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in 2009, and she brings a basic understanding of psychodynamics to her work with clients. Ani is intrigued by the potential of interdisciplinary collaboration between lawyers and therapists to minimize the destructive impact of divorce and family conflict. She is equally fascinated by the psychodynamics of the lawyer-client relationship, and the relationship between opposing lawyers, particularly in family law cases.



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