Laura Ward is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Collaborative Mental Health Professional and Divorce Mediator
Laura has worked in a variety of settings providing mental health services to adults, children and families since 2002. She was trained in the basic Collaborative model in 2009 and has since been actively involved as a Collaborative Mental Health Professional, assisting families as they transition through the process of divorce/separation as a Coach or Child Specialist. She also provides Co-parenting Counseling and Divorce Mediation services through her private practice. She has taken the 42-Hour Family Divorce Mediation Training approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) as well as numerous other trainings. Laura is an active member and the current president of the Ithaca Area Collaborative Law Professionals and a regular presenter for the group on issues related to families and the Collaborative Process. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and NYS Council of Divorce Mediation. Laura was previously a regular presenter for Parent’s Apart, a workshop for parents who want to learn how to help their children cope during their divorce/separation and taught developmental psychology courses as an adjunct professor with Tompkins Cortland Community College. Additionally, she presented at both the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation Fall Mini Conference and at the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 IACP Annual Forums. Currently, in addition to her private practice, Laura works part-time as a bereavement counselor for Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins and Cortland County.