Training and Education

Fellows Collaborative Skills Training (FCST)

November 1, 2018 – Westwood Tavern (Schaumburg)

Presented by Donna Younger, EdD

Team Identity and Team Effectiveness (Part 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

We know from research and from personal experience that effective teams are characterized by high levels of trust and comfort among members. These characteristics are easy to recognize but take real intention to create. This training, lead by Donna Younger, will examine proven strategies for building a sense of identity and belonging among team members that not only sustains long term relationships, but eases the introduction of new team members. We will take a close look at how these strategies relate to the nature of CLII teams and their definition of team success. Register here:

Essential Role of Difference in Effective Collaborative Teams (Part 2: 1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Collaborative problem-solving depends on the willingness of team members to entertain alternative solutions and the ability to recognize and manage assumptions and biases. While we know that diverse teams offer rich raw material for creative solutions, we also know they can be challenging as different worldviews collide. This training, lead by Donna Younger, will examine ways for teams to cultivate the potential of team diversity by recognizing the assumptions and preferences that arise from characteristics such socioeconomic background, race, and culture. Once the nature of team diversity is explored, members can bridge differences with skills of self-awareness and interpersonal communication. Register here:

Each part provides 3 hours of FCST credits. Register for one or both! If attending both, lunch is included in the registration fee.

Continuing Education: Attorneys – Each part provides 3 hours of general MCLE credit; Part 2 provides 3 hours of diversity/inclusion credit. Mental Health Professionals – Each part provides 3 hours of continuing education units.

Mediation Training

Membership in CLII requires the completion of a Basic Training and a 40-hour mediation training. Below are providers who offer the mediation training. See Requirements to be a Fellow in CLII for further details.

NOTE: If you wish to take a non-CLII sponsored training to fulfill CLII’s requirements for membership, before you register for the non-CLII sponsored training, you must submit a table of contents for the course and bios of the trainers for review by the CLII Membership Committee. Questions? Please contact the CLII Administrator at:

Other Educational Opportunities

If you’re interested in attending a non-CLII program for FCST credit, please check with CLII first to ensure that it meets the FCST requirements (1: it is a training that directly relates to the skills necessary to engage in interest-based negotiations and Collaborative Practice; 2: it concentrates on process rather than substance and should be highly interactive; 3: it is designed to enhance a professionals’ ability to fulfill their role on a Collaborative team.) Please email the program title, description and program provider’s name to

For other Collaborative-related training and programs around the country, check the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) Training page.