A CDS® is one who has completed the Certified Divorce Specialists (CDS®) Program – a comprehensive training for professionals in various industries who wish to provide better services to their divorcing clients.
The CDS curriculum consists of a specialized communication skills training with a focus on integrating those skills in a client-session environment. It also highlights specific legal, financial, mental health, and real estate information that are integral to the divorce process giving the professional a holistic understanding of their clients’ experience
It means that the CDS Aligned Law Firm has gone above and beyond to make sure that their staff is equipped with unique skills and divorce-specific information to manage a better experience for all parties involved.
This CDS program is a highly involved and participatory 16-hour course. The curriculum is filled with experiential learning, including a comprehensive manual, several exercises, and time to practice new skills. Participants are sure to come out of the training enlightened and equipped with tools to:
The CDS® training is available both online and in-person and can be customized to the needs of the firm. The training is suitable for all staff in your firm, especially those who deal directly with divorcing clients.
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.
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, 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. This section of the CDS® training focuses on the fundamental legal, financial, mental health and residential aspects of the divorce process that may directly affect your client.