About us

We support your collaborative team

Our vision is:

To provide professionals with the skills to help families resolve their disputes without going to court.

Collaborative Professionals WA is a not-for-profit organisation which is proud to have brought the benefit of collaborative practice to Western Australians over the last fifteen years. 

The collaborative practice movement had its infancy in the United States in the 1990’s  and has since spread to encompass the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and Australia, while also gaining traction in Asia and New Zealand.

Since the inception of Collaborative Professionals WA in 2007, our membership has steadily grown, and collaborative practice has built momentum amongst professionals and their clients in Western Australia.  We now have many collaboratively trained professionals in WA supporting clients to resolve their disputes in both family law and wills and estates.

The primary focus of CPWA is to support collaborative practitioners as they develop a new collaborative mindset which enables them to facilitate a respectful, future focussed dispute resolution process and keep family law and wills and estates disputes out of court.  We help professionals enhance their existing skill sets and work as a collaborative team to solve problems creatively without resort to litigation.

We offer support, training, and resources to a range of professionals including psychologists, counsellors and coaches, accountants and financial advisors, and lawyers who are all committed to helping people resolve disputes in a safe, non-adversarial and collaborative space.

Contact one of our council members to find out more about our organisation and how you can be involved.
  • Debbie Clinch (Clairs Keeley) – Chairperson
  • Julie Strack (Pitcher Partners) – Vice Chairperson
  • Elizabeth Hynes (DCH Legal Group)
  • John O’Sullivan (O’Sullivan Law)
  • Susan Hewitt Cohen (Brightside Family Law and Mediation)
  • Katherine Bromfield (Bromfield Family Law)
  • Beverley Sorrell – (Croftbridge)
  • Rhiannon Clews (Pitcher Partners) – Treasurer
  • Claire McKenzie (Petherick Cottrell)

Start breaking up together

For people in Western Australia, we’ve made it easy to start the ball rolling (if you’re not from WA, Google ‘collaborative family law’ in your state). The first step is to invite yourself – and your partner – to a free 30 minute information session with a trained Collaborative professional who will discuss your options, help you decide if the collaborative process is right for you and help you take the next steps together.

Of course, both you and your partner need to attend the session together. So first, you need to invite your partner to the session.

Once your partner has agreed to a meeting, you’ll both receive details on how to book your free consultation with a collaborative professional.

Want to find out more, and see if it's right for you?

To get started, select the relevant option, and we will be in touch to provide information.

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