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:
- Association with a group of legal, financial, and mental health professionals committed to resolving disputes in a non-adversarial manner.
- 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).
- The ability to receive referrals from other members of MTCA.
- The opportunity to take part in collaborative law trainings and seminars produced by MTCA and its members and earn continuing education credits.
- Participation in educating the general public regarding collaborative law and its benefits.
- Listing of your name and contact information on the MTCA website.
- See below for benefits and requirements for Friends of MTCA and Student memberships.
Requirements for Regular Membership
- Each member of MTCA shall have an active state-issued license according to degree/profession and shall be in good standing.
- 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.
- Collaborative Law Training
- Members shall attend a two-day basic training in collaborative law sanctioned by IACP.
- Attorneys shall complete this collaborative training before joining MTCA.
- Financial and mental health professionals shall complete this collaborative training requirement within the first six months of membership.
- Mediation Training
- Compliance with the Principles and Guidelines of Collaborative Practice
- Members shall sign a commitment agreeing to comply with the IACP's Standards and Ethics currently in effect.
- Meeting Attendance
- Members obtain three attendance points per calendar year as described more fully in the Attendance Policy. Monthly practice groups meeting attendance is the primary means to accrue points.
- Continuing Education
- Members are required to obtain three hours of continuing education each year. Many of the monthly practice group meetings include a continuing education component to assist members in satisfying this requirement.
- 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. If a member joins after July 1st, dues will be one half of your hourly rate.
- Sustaining Memberships are also available. Sustaining members contribute an additional $100.00 to MTCA each year, in addition to the yearly dues, no matter date of joining. 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.
- IACP Membership
- It is highly recommended, but not required, that all members join the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).
- 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.
Benefits and Requirements for Friends of MTCA and Student Memberships
MTCA recognizes the benefits to associating allied professionals who may be resources for collaborative practitioners and their clients. In addition, MTCA recognizes the benefits to affiliating students in degree programs that may lead to careers as collaborative practitioners. Accordingly, the Friends of MTCA and Student Membership categories have been established with the benefits and requirements as follows:
- Network with a group of legal, financial, and mental health professionals committed to resolving disputes in a non-adversarial manner via attendance at membership events, meeting, and social events. Friends of MTCA may bring promotional materials for distribution at such meetings and events.
- Create a profile in the Members Only area of the MTCA website listing their contact information, credentials, expertise, services/products offered, and other information designed to help MTCA members learn about them and ways in which they might be resources for collaborative practitioners and clients.
- The ability to list Friends of MTCA or Student membership status in promotional materials, resume, etc. Please note that Friends of MTCA and Student members may not use the MTCA logo.
- The opportunity to take part in collaborative law trainings, seminars, and any other training events sponsored by MTCA at a special rate.
- Friends of MTCA and Student Members do not have the right to vote on membership matters or participate on the MTCA board.
- Student members must be at least 21 years of age.
- Dues for Friends of MTCA Membership are $150 per calendar year.
- Dues for Student Membership are $25 per calendar year.
- Dues for Friends of MTCA and Students are prorated to one-half the amount after July 1st.
For more information, please contact Membership Committee chair Whitney Harrington: firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-716-8220.