Mary T. Johnston

Mary T.JohnstonINTRODUCTION/GENERAL COMMENTS/PERSONAL GOALS FOR INVOLVEMENT IN COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW CASES:

Most couples enter marriage with the belief it will be forever after. Unfortunately, life circumstances happen and a couple can find themselves facing a divorce. After many years counseling couples, adolescents and children both pre- and post-divorce, I am convinced that the collaborative process is thus by far the best means for dealing with the legal and emotional issues involved in a divorce. I am honored to be part of a professional team that works collectively together to help a couple reach mutually agreeable decisions regarding division of assets, the development of parenting plans and any other issues pertaining to the divorce. As the team's family coach and communication neutral, my role is to identify, manage and resolve obstacles to the process such as stressors, communication issues and parenting plan differences. By doing this, my goal is to help make the process more efficient, leading to an agreement and enabling you to move forward in the journey of life.

FIELDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE:
Mental health counseling for children, individuals, couples and families
Parent coaching
Mediation

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:
LPCC-S (supervising licensed professional clinical counselor)

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
MSE – clinical mental health counseling (University of Dayton)
MBA (University of Dayton)

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
HBA – Honors Bachelor of Arts (St. Louis University)

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

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/ACTIVITIES:
Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
Registered play therapist (RPT)
Level 3 practicum training in Gottman Method couples therapy
Certified trauma and loss specialist-clinical

PERSONAL INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES:
Boating, biking, reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends

COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE AND RELATED SKILLS TRAINING:

YearTraining TypeInstructorHours
2016Collaborative Law Introductory Interdisciplinary TrainingBuck/Armstrong14
2016Basic Mediation TrainingCathleen Kuhl14
2016Removing Barriers in Mediation & Mediation TechniquesScot Derhirst5,5
2016Domestic Abuse Issues for MediatorsZumeta/Rogers14
2016Specialized Family/Divorce MediationFlorez/Tyrell40
2017Parenting Coordination TrainingFlorez/Tyrell12