Specialized Parenting Coordinator Training

Category: Materials

Member Price: $20

Non-Member Price: $25

Product Code: MI150624

Areas of Law: Family

CLE Credits



Amy Wechsler, Esq.
Lawrence Law, Watchung
Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, practices with Lawrence Law with offices in Watchung and Red Bank, New Jersey. She concentrates her practice in family law, mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination and collaborative divorce, and provides mediation services privately and through court programs.
nAccredited as a Divorce and Family Mediator by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Ms. Wechsler serves on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee (where she has been Chair of a Task Force on Parenting Coordination and the Children’s Rights Subcommittee) and is Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association. She completed the Arbitration Training through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Past President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-New Jersey Chapter (AFCC-NJ), an interdisciplinary association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. Ms. Wechsler has been Co-President of the Association for Advancement of Collaborative Practice and a Board Member of the New Jersey Council on Collaborative Practice Groups. She is also Past Chair of the District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.
nMs. Wechsler is the 2005 recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for Somerset County bestowed by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism. She is a frequent lecturer and author on family law topics for ICLE, NJAPM, AFCC-NJ, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP) and other organizations, and her articles have appeared in the New Jersey Family Lawyer.
nMs. Wechsler received her B.S. from the University of Connecticut, her M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.


Alexandra Coglianese, Esq.
Bremer Buckner, Hackensack
Candice L. Drisgula, Esq
Drisgula Divorce & Family Law, Wayne
Derek M. Freed, Esq.
Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC, Pennington
is the Managing Partner of Ulrichsen Rosen & Freed LLC in Pennington, New Jersey. He concentrates his practice in matrimonial and family law.
nAdmitted to practice in New Jersey, Mr. Freed is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section and was a co-author of the Association’s amicus curiae brief to the New Jersey Supreme Court on the matters of Gnall v. Gnall and Bisbing v Bisbing. He is a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Mercer and Somerset Counties.
nThe recipient of the New Jersey State Bar Association Distinguished Legislative Service Award in 2023, Mr. Freed serves as an Associate Managing Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer and his articles have appeared in the magazine. He has lectured on family law matters for ICLE, the New Jersey State and Mercer County Bar Associations, and the New Jersey Association for Justice.
nMr. Freed received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D., with honors, from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.
Phyllis S. Klein, Esq.
Hagan, Klein & Weisberg, LLC, Morristown
is a founding Member of Donahue, Hagan, Klein & Weisberg, LLC in Morristown, New Jersey. She limits her practice to family law matters and focuses in alternative dispute resolution, primarily mediation and parent coordination. She has also been involved in several reported decisions.
nAdmitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, Ms. Klein is a Court-Approved Mediator and a member of the Family Law Sections of the New Jersey State, Essex County and Morris County Bar Associations, as well as the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM). She is former Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the ECBA Family Law Section, a former member of the District VB Ethics Committee and a former member and Chair of the District VC Fee Arbitration Committee.
nA member of the Justice Garibaldi American Inn of Court, Ms. Klein is a member and Past President of the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inn of Court and has lectured for ICLE, the American Trial Lawyers Association and several bar associations and family law American Inns of Court. She is a contributing author to the custody chapter of New Jersey Family Law Practice and was the 2003 recipient of the Essex County Bar Association Family Law Section’s Family Law Achievement Award and several other honors.
nMs. Klein received her B.A.A.S. from the University of Delaware and her J.D. from New YorkLaw School. She was Law Clerk to the Honorable Carmen A. Ferrante, J.S.C.
Bruce P. Matez, Esq., APM
Weir Greenblatt Pierce, LLP, Cherry Hill
Shireen B. Meistrich, LCSW
Shireen B. Meistrich, LCSW, Fair Lawn
Dr. Sharon Montgomery
Office of Dr. Sharon Montgomery, Morristown
Marcy A. Pasternak, Ph.D.
Office of Marcy A. Pasternak, PhD, Watchung
is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a practice in Watchung, New Jersey. While her practice serves individuals of all ages in both the clinical and forensic arena, Dr. Pasternak’s special interests include marital and family therapy, divorce therapy, forensic evaluations concerning custody and parenting time, removal, grandparent visitation, risk assessment and personal injury. She often serves as a parenting coordinator and is a certified divorce mediator, conducting both divorce mediation and therapeutic mediation. She conducts Intensive Family Interventions through “Building Family Resilience,” an outgrowth of her practice.
nA licensed psychologist in New Jersey, New York and Vermont, Dr. Pasternak has been a member of the American, New Jersey and Somerset Hunterdon Psychological Associations, and has an APA Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol or Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders and an NCC AP Master Addiction Counselor Credential. She has been a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association’s Forensic Committee and is Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (NJ-AFCC).
nDr. Pasternak has served as a psychological expert in eleven New Jersey counties and as an adjunct staff member at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ. She has given workshops and presentations to the mental health and legal communities.
nDr. Pasternak received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University.

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section

Join NJICLE and the NJSBA Family Law Section for our first-ever specialized Parenting Coordinator Training!

New Court Rule 5:8D – Parenting Coordinators - became effective on Sept. 1, 2023, establishing procedures for the appointment and functions of Parenting Coordinators, and creating a Statewide Roster of Approved Parenting Coordinators. Candidates seeking admission to the Statewide Roster must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training, including basic mediation training and at least 16 hours of specialized Parenting Coordination training.

To meet this training requirement, an experienced group of knowledgeable attorneys and mental health professionals will present a specialized two-day training program on June 10 and June 11. Through a mix of lectures, panel discussions, role plays and exercises, attendees will learn about the purpose and role of Parenting Coordination in New Jersey, and gain knowledge and understanding of the processes, techniques and special challenges involved in being an effective PC.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Court Rule and AOC Guidelines governing Parenting Coordination
  • Process and Techniques - including screening/intake, interviewing skills, scope of assignments, limitations of the role, educating parents and making recommendations
  • Family Law as it relates to Parenting Coordination and parenting issues
  • Ethics – scope of authority, conflicts of interest, impartiality, grievances
  • Family Dynamics and High Conflict Parents in the Parenting Coordination Process
  • Special Mental Health Issues
  • Domestic Violence – screening, safety and process
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Issues in Parenting Coordination


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