CDS® pROGRAM DETAILS

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The Certified Divorce Specialist (CDS®) program is a highly involved participatory training that is divided into two sections. The first section consists of a specialized communication skills training, with the 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 are essential to the divorce process. Upon the completion of the course, you must pass a CDS® online assessment with a 75% or higher in order to receive the CDS® designation. There is a $95 annual reinstatement fee, and you are required to submit 10 hours of divorce specific continuing education every two years to maintain your CDS® designation. National Association of Divorce Professional (NADP) meetings are approved for CDS® continuing education credits.

PART I

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

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 client both practically and emotionally.

PART I TOPICS

  • Introduction to the CDS® training program
  • CDS Benefits
  • Levels of Learning
  • NLP Communication Model
  • Emotional State Management
  • Perceptual Positioning
  • Avoiding resistance and maintaining co-operation with your clients
  • Effective methods of information gathering and precision questioning
  • Managing Expectation
  • The Seven Stages of the Professional/Client Session Cycle

PART II

FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS

FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF DIVORCE

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 basic understanding in order to properly help your clients make the right decisions. 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 the fundamental aspects of the divorce process that directly affect those going through it.

PART II TOPICS

LEGAL SECTION 

  • The Legal Professional
  • Different Types of Divorces
  • Divorce Process Options
  • Important Factors in a Divorce Settlement
  • Parenting Plan
  • The Importance of Staying Up-to-Date with the Latest Laws (Both Federal and Local)
  • Gay Divorce
  • Military Divorce

RESIDENTIAL SECTION

  • The Residential Professional
  • How Does Divorce Affect An Individual’s Ability to Buy or Sell a Home?
  • How Divorce Affects A Client’s Credit and Their Ability to Qualify for a Mortgage/Loan
  • How the Client’s Living Situation Affects the Process
  • Residential Options When Going Through Divorce
  • How the Selling of a Home Affects the Child Going Through Divorce

FINANCIAL SECTION

  • The Financial Professional
  • The Financial Affidavit
  • Insurance for Alimony and Child Support
  • Loans to Help Cover Divorce Costs
  • Taxes
  • National Alimony Tax Reform
  • Property Division
  • Splitting up a 401K in divorce

MENTAL HEALTH SECTION

  • The Mental Health Professional
  • The Emotional Stages of Divorce
  • Signs of Depression
  • The Narcissistic Client
  • Domestic Violence & Divorce
  • How Divorce Affects a Child
  • Self Care - How to Avoid Professional Burn-out

UPCOMING EVENTS

CDS® oNLINE LIVE TRAINING

AUGUST 20, 21 & 28, 2020

SEPTEMBER 24, 25 & OCTOBER 2, 2020

GENERAL PRICING

$895
$ 805
50
  • 10% EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT SHOWN

NADP MEMBER PRICING

$695
$ 625
50
  • 10% EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT SHOWN

INCLUDES:

  • 3-DAY ONLINE LIVE TRAINING FROM 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM DAILY
  • POST TRAINING ONLINE ASSESSMENT
  • FIRST YEAR DESIGNATION FEE ($95)
  • CDS® TRAINING MANUAL
  • CDS® CERTIFICATE (MUST PASS ASSESSMENT WITH 75% OR HIGHER)
  • MONTHLY CDS® GRADUATE ONLINE MEETING
  • LISTING IN THE CDS® ONLINE DIRECTORY

*Due to Covid-19, all in-person trainings have
been put on hold until further notice

CDS® iN-PERSON TRAINING

GENERAL PRICING

$995
$ 895
50
  • 10% EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT SHOWN

NADP MEMBER PRICING

$795
$ 715
50
  • 10% EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT SHOWN

INCLUDES:

  • 2-DAY IN-PERSON TRAINING FROM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM DAILY
  • POST TRAINING ONLINE ASSESSMENT
  • FIRST YEAR DESIGNATION FEE ($95)
  • CDS® TRAINING MANUAL
  • CDS® CERTIFICATE (MUST PASS ASSESSMENT WITH 75% OR HIGHER)
  • MONTHLY CDS® GRADUATE ONLINE MEETING
  • LISTING IN THE CDS® ONLINE DIRECTORY