Train to Become a DCA™ Certified ADR Divorce Coach

And join the REVOLUTION to lessen the financial and emotional impact of divorce on individuals and families

Divorce shouldn't bankrupt anyone and kids don't deserve to be caught in the crossfire. DCA™ offers a REVOLUTIONARY approach to divorce coaching, grounded in the principles of alternative dispute resolution.

NEXT SESSION BEGINS MARCH 6, 2023

What Makes Our Divorce Coaching Certification Different?

We know our program doesn't look like the others. That's on purpose. We specifically designed the ADR Divorce Coach training curriculum to prepare you to get amazing results with clients, launch your practice with ease, and earn the respect and trust of other divorce professionals.

No other divorce coach training program provides you with the ADR foundation, conflict resolution skills, structured coaching framework, and professional mentorship you need to confidently step into the world of professional divorce coaching.

Oh, and your instructors are active practicing divorce coaches who know what it's like to do the work we're training you to do

We're revolutionary. Want to join us?

  • Designed around 3 core processes based on the principles of Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Aligned with the shift toward ADR practices to help families avoid the cost and stress of litigation

  • Committed to the belief that emotional management and conflict resolution skills can be learned

  • Dedicated to transforming the experience of divorce and co-parenting for families and children

  • Focused on the idea that transformation at the individual level is the key to successful outcomes

  • Concentrated on the development of transformative coaching skills that keep clients goal oriented and solution focused

  • It's not generic coaching, it's not toxic positivity, and we don't encourage conflict. We believe in people's ability to seek their own peaceful solutions to their disagreements - they just need a little help from you!

Watch to Learn More About Why Our Training is Like No Other...


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PART 1: Training Program Overview


The DCA™ Certification Process begins with a 10-week hybrid educational curriculum including both video-based and live learning. It's the best of both worlds that works around your busy life.

  • Training Designed For You and Your Busy Schedule

    You're busy and we know it. Our learning content is delivered via pre-recorded video so you can watch whenever it works for you. Each week's module consists of approximately 90 minutes of training and coaching demos broken into 3-4 lessons so you can spread them throughout your week.

  • Personal Workbook To Put Learning Into Action

    You'll get access to your own personal dashboard. After watching the videos for each weekly training module, you'll complete about 30 minutes of personal reflections or exercises to reinforce what you've just learned. At the end of the program, you can download your workbook to keep as a reference tool.

  • Live Weekly Q&A Zoom Calls With the Instructors

    But I have questions! We hope you do. After you watch the videos and complete the workbook, you'll hop on one of the 90-minute live Zoom calls with the instructors. This is your chance to get answers to all your questions. Calls are held Tues @ 3pm EST, Wed @ 7pm EST and Thurs @ 12pm EST

Our Unique
2-Part Program
Sets You Up For Success

Part 2: Professional Mentorship


DCA's unique approach to mentorship gives you access to experienced divorce coaches to successfully guide you through implementing all the skills and tools you learned.

  • Vetted, Professional Mentors

    You can trust that you're getting the best. Each DCA™ mentor is an established, successful professional divorce coach who has been hand-picked because of their skill in developing and working with new coaches. They're pros.

  • Small Group Experience

    You'll be matched with1-2 other students and assigned a mentor to work with over a 9-week period. Taking turns acting as the coach, client and observer in mock coaching scenarios gives you the opportunity to put your learning into action.

  • Practice Means Confidence

    It really works! Students tell us time and time again that mentoring made the difference. You'll go from having knowledge to feeling confident you have the skills to work as a professional divorce coach. Your mentor helps you turn practice into practical.

Meet Your Instructors

Tracy Callahan and Debra Doak

Hi, we're Tracy and Debra, the co-founders of Divorce Coaches Academy™. We are both experienced certified divorce coaches who are actively practicing. We see clients almost every day, so we know exactly what it’s like to do the work we are training you to do.

We are mediators, conflict resolution specialists, professional mentors, authors, podcast hosts, and educators. In addition to divorce coaching, Tracy actively mediates cases in New York and Florida and Debra works as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. 

We know what clients are seeking, what makes ADR processes effective, and what makes a coaching business successful. We have a vast network of contacts in the divorce professional community and have designed this program to provide you with the tools and skills to become a trusted member of the client’s divorce team.

Want to learn more about us? Visit our private practice websites below.

Tracy's website: mediatingmatters.com

Debra's website: debradoak.com

The DCA™ Core Process

RESOLVE Approach: ADR Foundation
Client IMPACT: Coaching Framework
Session FLOW: Consistent Client Results

Our revolutionary approach to divorce coaching is designed to prepare you to deliver client results that lessen the financial costs and emotional impact of divorce on families. These concentric circles represent our philosophy that the RESOLVE Approach (our ADR foundation) wraps around everything we do and every coaching technique we teach.

DCA™ Certified ADR Divorce Coach
Training Program Outline

Here's a week-by-week look at the course content you'll get in our revolutionary divorce coach training program.

  • MODULE 1:
    Program Goals and Expectations

    We'll start out with everything you need to know about what to expect, how to navigate the course, and how to set yourself up for success. We'll go over schedules and expectations for weekly videos, workbook assignments, and live Q&A calls.

  • MODULE 2:
    Intro to ADR and the Divorce Landscape

    What is alternative dispute resolution and how does divorce coaching fit in? You'll learn the history and evolution of ADR, how divorce impacts families, and how divorce coaching helps clients at every stage in the process.

  • MODULE 3:
    DCA Coaching and the RESOLVE Approach

    This module introduces you to DCA's revolutionary approach to divorce coaching and dives deep into the RESOLVE approach - our ADR foundation that underlies every coaching skill and strategy you'll learn.

  • MODULE 4:
    Coach’s IMPACT Framework

    IMPACT is the acronym we use for the 6 specific coaching skills you'll learn to create transformation in your clients. Coaching isn't a conversation with a friend and it isn't advice, it's supporting the client to self-discover their own solutions.

  • MODULE 5:
    Session FLOW Framework

    In order for every single coaching session to be effective, there needs to be structure. Session FLOW provides the framework you will use to deliver maximum results and make every moment with your client count.

  • MODULE 6:
    Fundamentals of Divorce

    In this module we'll cover the divorce options available to clients, review the big decisions they need to make, set you up to help clients get prepared and stay organized, and demystify the financial disclosure and discovery process.

  • MODULE 7
    Conflict Management and Communication

    All divorce involves conflict, so we give you the theory behind conflict styles and conflict patterns as well as the tools and skills to help clients de-escalate divorce conflict so they can communicate and move toward resolution.

  • MODULE 8:
    Working with Clients - The Story

    Clients have their own story of divorce and that story is often accompanied by big emotions. Emotional management is key to avoiding the biggest mistakes in divorce and gaining clarity about their real goals and values.

  • MODULE 9:
    Working with Clients - The Business

    The end goal is to negotiate effectively and finalize the terms of their divorce. This module covers negotiation, decision making, and the details of parenting plans and marital settlement agreements.

  • MODULE 10:
    Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Practice

    Once you finish your certification, you'll be setting up a business. We'll help you focus on the right things without getting distracted by shiny object syndrome so you can get clients and start building your practice.

  • FINAL WRAP UP:
    Mentor Coaching and Certification

    And finally, it's time to get ready for your 9 weeks of professional mentor coaching - one of the favorite aspects of our program. We'll review requirements for certification, do a final check-in, and answer any last questions.


Pricing and Payment Options

The All-Inclusive Program Fee is $3250
(we believe in transparency)

This includes all video modules, your workbook, live calls, mentorship, a rich library of resources, and your certification.

  • Initial Application Fee
    $75

    A pre-paid application fee of $75 is due at the time you apply and covers processing as well as your personal admission interview. This is credited toward your program fee.

  • Single Payment $2850
    10% Discount

    Save 10% by paying the remainder of your program fee in full. This is a total savings of $325. Payment is due upon enrollment to reserve your spot.

  • Payment Plan
    5 Payments of $635/mo

    Take advantage of payment flexibility by spreading the cost of your program out over 5 months. The first payment is due upon enrollment to reserve your spot.

We're Different And We Know It

Being revolutionary means standing out from the crowd

The world of divorce is moving away from litigated adversarial proceedings in a family court system already pushed to capacity that focuses on adjudication and applying statutes of law.

Instead, we are seeing innovations in Alternative Dispute Resolution continue to emerge to help families navigate the process of divorce in the least adversarial and contentious way. Adding a properly trained ADR Divorce Coach to the ADR process further reduces the emotional and financial strain on divorcing couples.

DCA's ADR Divorce Coach training will position you to be ready to embrace this change and support clients shifting from traditional litigation to kinder ADR processes to resolve their disagreements.

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