Building Bridges: IDEA* in Collaborative Practice (*Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility)

Developing a Collaborative Practice that fosters a space to safely address disputes and conflict takes much thought, planning and consideration. Ensuring that all of our clients feel comfortable, supported and acknowledged through the collaborative journey is critical.

This seminar focuses on how to create a Collaborative Practice that recognizes the importance of understanding the social context and lived experiences of our clients to establish a space where all of our clients can be fully heard and seen.

Understanding power relations and the impact of systemic and historical realities, and inequities helps us build collaborative spaces and practices that recognize the diverse experiences of our clients and enhances collaborative processes that foster equity, inclusion and accessibility.

This seminar provides both foundational education on IDEA principles and also practical tools, resources and skills to transform your day-to-day Collaborative work. Through a trauma informed and intersectional framework we look forward to Building Bridges with you and your collaborative teams.

Course Objectives:

  1. To learn and explore what inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) are and why we should care about IDEA. To reflect on the obstacles in doing this work. To understand the role and history of power and privilege in creating inequity, oppression, and systemic barriers.
  2. To learn the foundations of Diversity/IDEA (Diversity 101). To learn about the origins of IDEA and to provide a working framework of commonly used terms, history, and origins. An overview of engaging in IDEA through an intersectional and trauma-informed lens.
  3. To learn how we address our own biases; unconscious biases and the biases of other people.
  4. To learn how to incorporate and address diversity in our individual practices and institutional/systemic collaborative law practice. To learn how an IDEA informed collaborative practice benefits our clients, our work as practitioners/colleagues and the larger system of collaborative law. Making space for conversations about: Who is at the table and who is left out? Which voices are amplified and given space? Which voices are absent and silenced? How do we center equitable practice?
  5. To provide participants with practical tools, skills, and resources for transforming their collaborative practice to be IDEA informed and engaged.

Seminar Dates and Times
November 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2023
8:00AM to 12:00PM PDT (please check your local time here)



This course will be taught by skilled trainers, Zara Suleman lawyer and mediator, David Hoffman lawyer and mediator, and Julia McAninch licensed psychologist and mediator; all active IACP members.

Registration is open to active IACP members and non-members:
IACP members: US $500.00 - *Please login to your IACP profile prior to registering*
Non-IACP members: US $550.00

Participants are expected to participate in ALL online sessions to be eligible to receive a certificate of attendance.  The sessions will not be recorded.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants in the confirmation email.

November 13th, 2023 8:00 AM to November 16th, 2023 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Seminar 2023 Member Fee $550.00