Collaborative Divorce Texas established the requirements for its members to become credentialed in 2017 with an Inaugural Class of nineteen attorneys, two financial professionals and six mental health professionals. Since that time, seventeen more Collaborative Divorce Texas members have been credentialed. With the accomplishment of qualifying to be a Credentialed Collaborative Professional or a Master Credentialed Collaborative Professional, our members are able to distinguish themselves from other practitioners and demonstrate to prospective clients their expertise and experience by having met the rigorous prerequisites required to be so honored. Credentialed and Master Credentialed professionals are raising the standards and expectations of all practitioners of collaborative divorce.
There is no doubt that this year is different from years past. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in CDT postponing both the Basic Interdisciplinary Training scheduled for April, 2020 and the Advanced Training scheduled for June, 2020. Originally, the hope was that the trainings could be rescheduled in time to meet the credentialing application deadline. Unfortunately, with the pandemic still a reality, such will not be possible this year. The Education, Training and Credentialing Committee and the Board of Trustees of Collaborative Divorce Texas have been researching and preparing alternatives to in-person trainings. It has become evident to us that some additional time is necessary to prepare a quality alternative to in-person advanced training. This no doubt will present a barrier for some CDT members who needed attendance at the advanced training to complete their application to be Credentialed and/or Master Credentialed. In response, CDT has approved otherwise qualified CDT members being provisionally credentialed. If the sole prerequisite lacking on a member’s credentialing application is the requirement that the applicant attend one CDT Advanced Training in the five years prior to their application date and the applicant agrees to and does attend the next CDT Advanced Training, he or she will be provisionally credentialed.
Our members have adapted to the constraints made necessary to protect the health and safety of all participants engaged in a collaborative divorce, and we are grateful for your dedication and passion for helping your clients. CDT has heard your requests for additional training and education at the basic, intermediary, and advanced levels, and preparation for these trainings has already begun. CDT’s goal remains that every one of its members becomes credentialed. We believe that the time has come for our vision to become a reality and that collaborative divorce will become the preferred method of divorce in Texas.
To those of you who intend to apply to be credentialed, thank you and remember that the application deadline is SEPTEMBER 30, 2020! Come join the ranks of CDT’s credentialed members. This is a great time to complete your application and become credentialed!