|Practicing What We Preach
Our consultants, Dr. Irene Schatz and attorney Debra Baer promote
constructive relationships between divorced parents. The two women actually share a unique
perspective on friendly post-divorce relationships: Baer is married to Schatz's
ex-husband, and Schatz is close personal friends with both Baer and her own current
husband's ex-wife. Baer, meanwhile, maintains a close, healthy co-parenting relationship
with her ex-husband. Both Schatz and Baer know from personal experience that relationships
with co-parents and their spouses can be civil, even friendly, and they use their own
lives as an inspirational example for clients.
||Irene M. Schatz, Ph.D.
Irene M. Schatz received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work
and is licensed in the State of Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family
Therapy and is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Dr. Schatz has
conducted extensive research on post-divorce co-parenting relationships and, in her 25
years of clinical practice, has helped numerous couples negotiate the transition from
conflict to collaboration. She teaches graduate level family therapy courses and is a
frequent lecturer on issues related to separation/divorce and collaborative co-parenting.
||Debra C. Baer, B.C.L.
Debra C. Baer received her law degree from McGill University, and
for 23 years she has been a practicing attorney specializing in Family Law. As an adjunct
to her practice, she has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses related to the
legal and psychological aspects of marriage, separation, and divorce. Most recently, she
has decided to dedicate herself to full time Family Mediation and has worked extensively
with families in transition. She is a frequent lecturer on all issues related to
separation/divorce and collaborative co-parenting.
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