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Please call The Divorce Forum for individual Divorce Coaching and for information about upcoming events in your area: 818-314-1200
Susan Allan is America’s leading Marriage and Divorce Coach and the founder of the non-profit firm, The Marriage Forum, Inc. Allan is one of only 15 certified mediators of The Los Angeles County Bar Association and has offered trainings to The National Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR), the preeminent mediation organization in The United States. Her additional training is in Compassionate Communication SM, (Nonviolent Communication SM), promoting peace on 5 continents in 40 countries around the world. Allan is certified in The Herrmann Brain Dominance™ thinking styles taught at The Wharton School and at numerous Fortune 100 companies and is initiated as a Deeksha-giver committed to world peace by The Oneness University in Chennai, India. Allan has offered training to corporations, groups including The Pasadena Police Department’s Youth Leadership Program, and Passages, the drug rehabilitation facility in Malibu, CA.
Since 1999 more than 5,000 people have had their questions answered for free about all forms of relationships in addition to Allan’s private clientele in the United States, Canada and worldwide. Each month millions of readers receive advice through Susan Allan’s columns on various websites, including www.parenttoparent.com and in California newspapers such as The Tolucan Times, The Santa Monica Observer, Casa Magazine, and Santa Barbara Family Life Magazine. Popular motivational speaker and life coach, Allan has discovered The 7 Stages of Trauma© and is the author of 101 DIVORCE SECRETS; A SURVIVAL GUIDE and DIVORCE: THE MARRY-GO-ROUND or How to Save Your Money, Your Sanity and Your Life. Allan has appeared as a guest on The Montel Williams Show, on FOX NEWS and as an expert on hundreds of television and radio news programs. Ms. Allan’s video How to Avoid Divorce is featured at The Los Angeles Daily News’ Booktalk.
For a free phone session with Susan Allan or for the answer to your question via email, please write to:
Patt, Esq. of Trope and Trope Inc.
Mark Patt, Esq. is the managing partner of Trope & Trope Inc., the largest family law practice in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Patt has practiced family law for more than 20 years and has lectured for more than ten years.
The firm of Trope and Trope is currently representing Nicole Kidman in her divorce. Mr. Patt and founding partner, Sorrel Trope Esq. also represented Susan Allan,the founder of The Divorce Forum in her divorce. According to Ms. Allan, " I believe that Mark and Sorrel saved my life in my own divorce. I cannot imagine greater expertise or better results from any other family law firm."
Deanie Kramer founded Divorce Resource in 1984. Divorce Resource is an affordable mediation and paralegal firm providing affordable Certified Paralegals and Certified Mediators to assist Individuals and families in most family law matters.
As the mediator seen on television on "Divorce Court" , Deanie has heard and seen "everything under the sun". In her role as mediator, Deanie makes sure people don't leave the set of the show enraged, hostile or violent. She does all the Divorce Court after-care for divorcing couples all over the country and assists them in creating custody, visitation, and parenting plans, as well as arranging counseling when needed.
Fitzgerald, DHM, L.Ac. CCN
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald is a Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist.
Patricia Fitzgerald is a passionate wellness educator in addition to being a highly credentialed health practitioner. Her credentials include a Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine and a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine. She is licensed as an acupuncturist and herbalist and is certified as a clinical nutritionist. She has served on the faculty of Yo San University of Chinese Medicine.
After helping to establish the first holistic health facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1984, Dr. Fitzgerald relocated to California and founded the Santa Monica Wellness Center, one of the most successful holistic health centers in the country. She has provided patients with natural, nontoxic treatments to aid in various health challenges.
Dr. Fitzgerald has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally. Her audiences have included both alternative and traditional medical professionals as well as the general public. She has also presented at the university level, and was the first non-traditional "artist" (healing arts) to be invited to present a workshop at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.
Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in the area of detoxification, assisting people in removing toxic substances and behaviors from their lives, replacing them with life-supporting choices. This approach has helped thousands improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health dramatically. Dr. Fitzgerald is often featured in the media as an expert on this subject, most recently on PBS and in the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of "The Detox Solution: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, Abundant Energy, Ideal Weight, and Peace of Mind."
Contact Patricia at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHAEL J. KRYCLER is a founding partner of Krycler, Ervin, Schreiber & Walheim in Sherman Oaks, California. Mr. Krycler is a Certified Public Accountant and has been licensed in California since 1981. He was educated in London, England at the City of London College and was licensed as a Chartered Accountant there in 1974.
The firm of Krycler, Ervin, Schreiber & Walheim performs all accounting services and specializes in litigation support matters including family law, appraisal of tangible and intangible business assets and provides expert witness services. They also provide full-service corporate accounting.
Mr. Krycler is himself both a public speaker as well as the author of articles relating to litigation support, forensic accounting, and tax matters. He often appears as an expert appraiser and witness before the Superior Court in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties. He has been involved in over 1,000 litigation and family law matters, including appointments as joint and §730 Expert.
Michael Krycler is an Associate member of The Beverly Hills, San Fernando Valley and Los Angles County Bar Associations. Krycler, Ervin, Schreiber & Walheim are the official sponsors of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
Contact Mike at: kryclerCPA@thedivorceforum.com
Bernard Goodman D.D., D.M.
Bernard Goodman has been called an oracle, a divine messenger, a healer, and a spiritual minister.
After completing his U.S. Air Force duty, he became a police officer in the Bronx, New York (NYPD), and after college, he became a police officer in Israel. He worked in the aerospace industry and was involved in work on the Global Positioning System (GPS). From 1986 to the present, he has been an editor and writer at The Naval Officers' College at Port Hueneme, California.
In February 1981, he began his work on the spiritual path. He received his training through AUM, A Universe of Metaphysics church, and subsequently from The Universal Life Church.
Bernard's spiritual writings include channeled articles in "Excalibur Magazine" (many from Kryon and the Council of Twelve); "The Independent Journal" in San Luis Obispo with writings on dolphins and dolphin energy; an article in "The Santa Barbara Times" on Bartholomew and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, and other written channelings. "The California Sun" carried a story on him entitled, "The Oracle of Truth". He is also a trained hypnotherapist.
Mr. Goodman has recently completed his second channeled non-fiction book, "Wisdom for the 21st Century Mind". The first was "The Blossoming Soul," the story of his journey from non-believer to metaphysician.
Mr. Goodman is available for personal readings.
Contact Bernard at: email@example.com
Since 1952, when he founded his unique and highly successful school of Memory Training in Los Angeles, more than a million people have strengthened their memories using his remarkable methods.
Mr. Bornstein has received a special commendation from the California legislature for his educational approach to memory training, and his courses and seminars are the first college-accredited memory training programs in the U.S.
Amazing feats of memory and skill in demonstrating and teaching his techniques have made Mr. Bornstein a celebrity in his own right. He has appeared on every important radio and television talk show including appearance with Johnny Carson, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and the popular David Letterman Show. For fifteen years he was a favorite guest expert on Art Linkletter's television and radio programs.
Franz is an author, motivational speaker and the founder of WisdomJourney,
a training for parents and teens dealing with integrity.
is also an accomplished educator in communication, negotiation, conflict
resolution and stress management for firms such as Texaco, Intel and SONY.
During The Divorce Forum, Ms. Franz will address the complex issue
of Conflict Resolution with Your Children
Sally Franz is the author of "Monster Lies, I Love You When ...", "The Baby Boomer's Guide to Menopause" and the six book series of "The Baby Boomer Mini-Field Guides".
other successes include stand-up comedy, motivational speaking,
Contact Sally at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Brecher, Esq., has provided wise counsel and support to The Divorce Forum and others for thirty years. He has received the honorary title, "Advice Lawyer". Most people seeking advice from Dan have asked to discuss their options in humanistic terms. Dan often suggests accepting several realistic teachings that have helped others achieve goals that once appeared out of reach.
Dan can be reached at email@example.com
Johnson, Ph.D., began his career as a police officer in Orange County
California. Currently, Dr. Johnson is an active member of the New York
City and New Jersey Police department. He is also President of ICI Investigations
Inc. which specializes in Crisis Management in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Johnson offers training on domestic violence prevention and the signs
to look for before it escalates into criminal violence.
Yoga and It's Five Benefits During Divorce
THE DIVORCE FORUM is the world's first seminar series that offers you the opportunity to heal the mind, body and spirit and to enhance all areas of well-being as you move through the process of divorce.
are you feeling? Are you healing?
*Do you hate or fear the opposite sex; not just your ex?
*Have you resigned yourself to living alone for the rest of your life?
*Do you avoid dating by making yourself unavailable, unattractive or indifferent?
*Have your children, the "Children of Divorce", found satisfaction in their lives and in their relationships?
During my own second divorce in 1999, I utilized psychotherapy, holistic and naturopathic healing, meditation, exercise and humor therapy in order to heal myself.
The 1st discovery I made was that when I was laughing, I stopped crying. In fact, it was impossible to cry when I was laughing!
The 2nd discovery I made was that I needed to move through the full range of emotions and not get stuck in any one of them.
I noticed that laughter speeded my healing since it actually alters our brain chemistry through the production of endorphins. Laughter opened a new doorway so that I no longer was trapped in the negative emotional state of the divorce all the time. And it was a doorway I could access whenever I needed, even when I was alone. So that whenever I felt trapped by the endless internal conversation of blaming myself or my spouse, I could find the doorway and move through laughter into peace. Instead of exhausting myself with the closed circuit of pain; laughter is a way out.
Endorphins are morphine-like substances that are part of the bodies natural built-in pain control system.
Certain endorphins are as much as 500 times more powerful than morphine.
Within the first few months after my separation, I found that I was beginning to develop objectivity and distance through laughter and it brought me the first moments of peace. So instead of thinking of laughter as an optional component, I realized that it was central to my healing. Even with my "emergency divorce"; DIVORCE 911, I was determined not to let my divorce kill me. I decided that since I had escaped with my life, I had to reclaim it and if at all possible, to improve it and enhance it, too. Since endorphins have been discovered as the cause for runner's high and for strengthening the immune system I knew that they were just what I needed and in a mega dose.
In 1964 Norman Cousins was very ill and discovered that deep belly laughs for 10 minutes allowed him 2 hours of sleep without pain-killers. So he ran all the Marx Brothers comedies and "Candid Camera" again and again in his hospital room. In 1964, the cause of this healing was not understood. But in the 1970's endorphins were discovered. They are the brain's natural opiates.
The Homes Schedule of Stressful Events puts divorce 2nd, second only to the death of a spouse.
first year after my separation, I watched as much comedy as I could -
and I didn't realize how quickly I was healing until I began to pay attention
to some of the DIVORCE VETERANS I met who had been divorced for decades
yet who were still suffering. But as I continued to work on myself with
my professional support team I noticed that situations and people who
had been overwhelming to me were suddenly resized so that I could deal
with them, talk to them and resolve them. Humor, psychotherapy, holistic
healing and all the expertise I welcomed had become my parachute.
Those of us who have been divorced know there are many ways to work through our emotions. We can be with it; we can laugh at it; we can move through it. As our Speaker's Bureau grows with each year and with each Divorce Forum session, we will add specialists in new fields to provide specific areas of support.
With professional support, humor and perseverance, your future may be far better and more healthy and exciting than the past you left behind! So move through your feelings, and visit The Divorce Forum whenever the process of your divorce feels painful. By using our Message Forum, you can save your own life and help others with their own problems and pain.
We invite you to register and participate in our Message Forum, our Online Webinars and our Divorce Forum Seminar series and recover from your own "Connubial Blitz"
It is out of my own experience of divorce that I was given the impetus to create The Divorce Forum as a place for people to heal. Since I did not have a place to go to heal myself, I had to create one. And since my divorce was made less traumatic by the love and support of others, I am committed to offering this myself.
Sometimes the greatest creations ever made come from what isn't there. For example, Edison created the light bulb because electric lighting did not exist. Bell created the telephone because voice communication over distance did not exist. I was led to create The Divorce Forum because there was no safe environment for a group to focus on healing from the pain of divorce.
Through the months following my separation I asked, "Why? What purpose this divorce?" and the voice inside gave me two radical ideas:
"That I was on a rocket breaking free from my orbit." And that " These are labor pains-these deep tears must first be shed. You need the pain and then the peace."
As I couldn't have realized in 1999, I was giving birth to a new me. In the two years since that experience, this has proven to be true. I have discovered that the main purpose of my life is to serve the lives of other divorced people as we heal ourselves with dignity and integrity.
is one of the most challenging experiences we can face and that has caused
me to design a solution to assist those in the same situation that I have
been in. This is why The Divorce Forum was created. I am an example
of the courage it took for me to be where I am now; it is the same courage
being given to you for you are the hero as you heal yourself from your
Additional Speaker for 2002 Divorce Forums
Coso, Events Planning International
For over 30 years, Ivan Coso has had the honor of working with some of the most remarkable people in the world, on some of the most elaborate parties and events.
He has dedicated most of his life to serving the rich and famous; kings, princesses, princes, celebrities and politicians from all over the world.
Ivan is from a European business and restaurant family. His love for people and food led him to a career in the restaurant business. Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 1968 he worked at the Century Plaza Hotel and eventually moved to the well-known Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he took care of many notable business owners and celebrities, including Alex Perino, who invited him to work for his restaurant, Perino's, where he began an association of catering for this famous eatery.
He has continued his contemporary education in Los Angeles both at Mission College and at the Epicurean School of Culinary Arts.
Ivan Coso strives to be an innovative caterer, where the emphasis is to provide consummate food, in a friendly setting, with impeccable service and gracious presentation.
Contact Ivan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIVORCE BOOT CAMP
Divorce Boot Camp is the result of Susan Allan's own divorce. During her marriage, separation and divorce, Susan worked with her own personal trainers to move through the emotional and physical stages that are inherent to a difficult relationship and it's end. Utilizing a number of unique exercises including a boxing technique that she invented, Susan rediscovered her own strength and resilience.
Now these successful techniques have been expanded and interpreted for others who are facing their own relationship challenges in order to reduce the tension, depression and anger that is part of many divorces and to promote health, beauty and self-esteem which are essential to moving on.
BOOT CAMP PROGRAMS
Divorce Boot Camp utilizes the talents of a number of Los Angeles' top personal trainers who are fully trained in sports psychology, health, fitness and exercise. All Instructors are either degreed or certified in Exercise Science and are experienced personal trainers. All workouts will be supervised with safety and caution. Concentrating on a cardiovascular style of circuit training, Divorce Boot Camp addresses the fitness needs of people of all ages and levels of health and fitness.
Divorce Boot Camp gives us the power to unleash agression, depression and negative energy through exercise. A variety of training principles including boxing, circuit training, and body sculpting will enable us to increase our levels of fitness. Improvements will be made in muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.
BOOT CAMP PARTICIPATION
Through our commitment to healing Mind, Body and Spirit, we continue to work through intellectual, physical or psychological barriers to peace and well-being.
While only a small percentage of The Divorce Forum schedule is allocated to Divorce Boot Camp, we encourage all Forum attendants to participate.