Communication coaches do not serve as therapists for the parties. Their role is to assist the client through the collaborative process and to help the parties communicate more productively. Child specialists, likewise, are not child therapists in the collaborative process. The role of the child specialist is to assist the parties with questions regarding how to proceed in a manner that serves the child’s best interests, and in crafting a parenting plan that meets the needs of the family. Counseling for the parties and for children involved in a family dispute is, of course, highly beneficial, but the parties must seek independent mental health professionals outside of the collaborative team for this purpose, to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.