Bob Armstrong

Bob ArmstrongINTRODUCTION/GENERAL COMMENTS/PERSONAL GOALS FOR INVOLVEMENT IN COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW CASES:

When a marriage ends, there is already enough pain and grief. It should not be compounded by the divorce process. I have been told that when a couple gets to that place, "it is just a matter of numbers." Nothing could be further from the truth. There are a great many feelings involved and what those numbers mean to each partner must be considered. Collaborative law provides you and your spouse a process for ending your marriage in a spirit of respect and consideration. This probably sounds impossible. But the team of collaborative professionals that surrounds you during the process makes it possible for the two of you to deal with both the legal and emotional issues involved. I am very impressed by the caliber of legal expertise and compassion our collaborative law attorneys provide their clients. Still this is a stressful time and it is my job to help you manage your stress so you can clearly express your interests, understand the options put before you and participate in crafting an agreement that you find acceptable. This is not counseling. It is a form of coaching; helping you both play your roles in the process. There are few moments I find more satisfying than when two people realize that their marriage has ended but they feel there is life ahead.

FIELDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE:
Marriage and family counseling
Emotionally focused couples therapy
Emotional intelligence
Mindfulness training
Executive coaching
Organizational consulting for nonprofits

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:
Licensed professional clinical counselor

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, The University of Akron
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
B.A., Carleton College

COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE GROUP MEMBERSHIPS:
Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals (COACDP)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/ACTIVITIES:
Certified Advanced Listening Skills — Trainer LEAD Consultants — 1982 — Present

Facilitated "New Faces in the Frame: A Group on Marriage & Parenting in Blended Families" — 1998

Stepping Together: Smart Steps for Stepfamilies, SMART Marriages Conference 2005

Emotionally focused couples therapy — Basic Training International EFT Consortium, 2008

Presented counselor education courses:

Myers Briggs Type Inventory & Treatment Planning;
Untangling Crossed Wires in Communication: Meta Emotions Interview;
Qualifying Seminar for Prepare/Enrich Marital Inventories;

Conducted professional development groups for clergy on pastoral care and counseling topics

PERSONAL INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES:

Fly-fishing, canoeing, cycling, gardening, gourmet cooking and barbecue, reading; and most of all traveling to see family

Board of Directors, Chair: Serving Our Neighbors Ministries — Hilliard, Ohio

COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AND RELATED SKILLS TRAINING

YearTraining TypeInstructorHours
2008Introduction to Collaborative DivorceAmy Wirtz3
2013

Two-Day Basic Mediation Training

Shelley Whalen16
2015Introduction to Interdisciplinary TeamsCOACDP15