Danette Perry MBA, MSW, LSW

  • Therapist
  • Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Collaborative Law Coach and Child Specialist<
  • Divorce Coach

danette perryDanette Perry, a licensed social worker, completed her Masters in Social Work at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Inspired by the struggles of her own divorce, Danette left the financial realm, fully committing herself to helping families reprioritize divorce in light of what’s best for their children. Already an MBA, she founded Just Mediation to provide divorcing couples with a neutral mediator and a process to renegotiate the relationship and plan for their future. Her practice has expanded to include counseling, mediation, parenting coordination, coaching, and a variety of educational programs all intended to support families experiencing trauma and conflict.

Danette acquired divorce mediation training at DePaul University and provides pre- and post-decree mediation services. She was trained as a Parent Coordinator by the Cooperative Parenting Institute. Danette is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, and the Association for Conflict Resolution.

As a divorced parent, Danette’s research has focused on children and their reaction to divorce. She has undergone extensive training in childhood attachment issues and associated personality disorders for insight and understanding of problems faced by both blended and adoptive families.

Danette has facilitated the court system in identifying alternative processes to litigation which are more beneficial for the family. She evaluated six years of DuPage County’s Mandated Mediation Program, which provided statistics on the merits of mediation. Endorsed by the Chief Judge of the DuPage County Family Court, the results of the study overwhelmingly support mediation as a successful approach to developing parenting plans. Danette is listed on DuPage County’s list of recommended mediators.

This past year, Danette has been collaborating with Cook County Judge Michele Lowrance, the author of The Good Karma Divorce. In 2011, Danette will offer an ancillary workshop intended to provide support and encouragement to those pursuing Judge Lowrance’s Good Karma approach to divorce.

Danette has presented at the Symposium for Social Workers at Dominican University, the National Association of Social Workers, and Triton College. She is currently writing a book on the dynamics of relationships with sociopathic individuals. Her articles have been published in DuPage Woman Newspaper.