MTCA Membership

Benefits of Membership

The Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance (MTCA) is a group of interdisciplinary professionals committed to advancing collaborative practice to benefit clients and their families.

Membership in the MTCA benefits both professionals and their clients and includes the following:

  1. Association with a group of legal, financial, and mental health professionals committed to resolving disputes in a non-adversarial manner.
  2. The opportunity to practice collaborative dispute resolution with other professionals who have been trained in collaborative law and promise to adhere to the ethical standards and principles of collaborative practice set forth by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
  3. The ability to receive referrals from other members of MTCA.
  4. The opportunity to take part in collaborative law trainings and seminars produced by MTCA and its members and earn continuing education credits.
  5. Participation in educating the general public regarding collaborative law and its benefits.
  6. Listing of your name and contact information on the MTCA website.

Membership Requirements

  1. Licensure
    • Each member of MTCA shall have an active state-issued license according to degree and shall be in good standing.
  2. Training
    1. Mediation Training
      • All members shall complete either forty hours of mediation training or a thirty hour client-centered facilitative conflict resolution training of the kind typically taught in mediation training within the first year of membership.
    2. Collaborative Law Training
      • Members shall attend a two-day basic training in collaborative law sanctioned by the IACP.
      • Attorneys shall complete this collaborative training before joining MTCA.
      • Financial planners and mental health professionals shall complete this collaborative training requirement within the first six months of membership.
  3. Compliance with the Principles and Guidelines of Collaborative Practice
    • Members shall sign a commitment agreeing to comply with the IACP’s Ethical Standards and Principles and Guidelines of Collaborative Practice.
  4. Meeting Attendance
    • Members shall attend at least three of six MTCA meetings per year. It is anticipated that the MTCA will meet every other month.
  5. Continuing Education
    • Members are required to obtain six hours of continuing education every two years. These hours may be fulfilled through either collaborative training or mediation training.
  6. Annual Dues
    • Membership Dues are set at each professional’s (attorney, financial neutral, mental health coach) hourly billing rate. One year of membership equals one billable hour.
    • A Special Membership rate of $75.00 is offered to law students, paralegals, other law office staff.
    • Sustaining Memberships are also available. Sustaining members contribute an additional $100.00 to MTCA in addition to their yearly dues. Sustaining members are designated on the MTCA website once the sustaining member sets up his or her website profile. The designation lasts so long as the member’s sustaining member dues are current.
  7. IACP Membership
    • It is highly recommended, but not required, that all members join the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
  8. Committee Involvement
    • Each member shall join at least one of five MTCA committees. The committees are as follows: Membership, Education and Training, Public Education, and Protocols. It is anticipated that committees will meet quarterly.
  9. Insurance
    • Attorneys and mental health professionals shall have professional liability insurance.
    • All financial neutrals shall have and maintain, as a requirement for membership and continued membership in the MTCA, appropriate professional liability insurance to cover the scope of their work as a financial neutral as defined in the protocols.

For more information, please contact Membership Committee chair Jacob Nemer: jnemer@lindseyamonette.com or 615-313-3992.