From the desk of My Collaborative Team President, Edward S. Sachs, CPA
On our Happy Hour call on Friday Teresa Kulat of Chicago raised the question of how the term Facilitator found its way into the Collaborative Process. We had a great discussion on the various options for describing the role of the neutral mental health professional.
In Florida, the term Neutral Facilitator came into being about four or five years ago. We used to use the term neutral mental health professional. Many practitioners found that their clients didn’t like the idea, or feel they had the need, of a mental health professional. They looked on this professional as a therapist and saw that in a negative light. So, the term Neutral Facilitator was born. In truth, the team has two facilitators of the Process, the team and family facilitator and the financial facilitator.
In other states, the term coach is used. However, many on the happy hour call expressed concerns that the term coach had become watered down in recent years with the rise of life coaches, business coaches and the like.
So now many are beginning to consider the term Family Specialist. After all, when needed we bring in a child specialist. Isn’t the role of the neutral mental health professional to help guide the family through the Process and beyond?
What are your thoughts?