If we want to diversify our collaborative community and serve a more diverse clientele, we need to make welcoming spaces. Recently Florida collaborative professionals took a major step in that direction by forming a new practice group, not defined by geographic location but based on its members being fluent in Spanish, the Hispano Collaborative Pros. There are no geographic limits. If you are a Hispanic collaborative professional, you are welcome to join at https://hispanocollaborativepros.com. Their motto is “Peace. For Hispanos. By Hispanos.” Interested Texas Collaborative Practitioners should reach out to join, or EVEN BETTER work together to create a similar statewide practice group for Texans. And similar groups could be formed for other communities for which language and culture have historically served as a barrier (e. g. Chinese, Korean; etc.).
If we want Collaborative Practice to become mainstream and become the primary choice for resolving family conflict, we need to grow our membership as well as our client base. Creating safe and welcoming such as spaces Hispano Collaborative Pros is a positive move in that direction.