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Bob Armstrong

Bob ArmstongINTRODUCTION/GENERAL COMMENTS/PERSONALS 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 who surround you during the process make 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 & Family Counseling
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Emotional Intelligence
Mindfulness Training
Executive Coaching
Organizational Consulting for Non-Profits

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES:
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
M A in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy University of Akron
M Div Princeton Theological Seminary

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
BA 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 Step Families, 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 & Counseling Topics

PERSONAL INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES:

Fly-fishing;Canoeing; Cycling; Gardening; Gourmet Cooking and Barbeque; 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
20132 Day Basic Mediation TrainingShelley Whalen16
2015Introduction to Interdisciplinary TeamsCOACDP15
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