Did you miss Pre-Forum Institute: Radically Rethinking Collaboration with Nancy Cameron and Victoria Smith at Forum? Or were you one of the lucky ones who took it, and you want more? This popular PFI sold out twice at the 2020 Forum, and demand was so high that these amazing trainers have agreed to produce a longer, more intensive version for us.
At a time when peacemaking has garnered much of the discourse within the Collaborative community, why doesn't it feel like that when we're doing the work? Is an expectation of peace and harmony realistic? Even counterproductive? This workshop will turn our initial understanding of collaboration on its head and do a deep dive into the reality of conflict. Borrowing from Adam Kahane's ground-breaking work we will explore why, in so many of our cases with little trust and goodwill, we need to abandon the expectation of a harmonious team, shared interests, and values. Instead, we need to embrace and expect difference, employ both power and love, experiment our way forward, and focus on what we can do rather than why they need to change. We will learn the strategic use of downloading, debating, dialoguing, and presencing and applying this new way to collaborate in a challenging case study. We will also have an opportunity to create a learning community during this course. There will be specific homework to focus participants on how they have been using these concepts in both their daily life and their work. By careful observation, we can then become more strategic about how we use different concepts, such as power and love; force, adapt and exit -- which of these come naturally, and when and how to stretch into those that are less natural but equally important. In facilitated discussions, we will all share what we learn about ourselves along the way, and carry this learning into our Collaborative work.
Suggested reading to be done prior to the commencement of the course: Adam Kahane, Power and Love and Collaborating with the Enemy
Homework will be assigned between sessions.
The times listed below are in PDT. Check your time zone by clicking HERE.
- Wed. June 2nd, 2021, 10am-1pm PDT
- Thurs. June 3rd, 2021, 10am-1pm PDT
- Thurs. June 10th, 2021, 10am-11:30 PDT
(Two 3 hour sessions and one 90 minute session for a total of 7.5 hours.)
- This seminar is only open to active IACP members - $595. Please log into your account before registering.
Please note: if you need to cancel there will be a $50 administrative fee and you must request a refund by May 27, 2021 at 9am PDT. Any cancellation requests thereafter will not be refunded.
Nancy Cameron, Lawyer
Nancy Cameron is a lawyer, writer, and educator. Prior to law school, she spent ten years working in the field of early childhood education, including teaching child development and psychology. She is a family law practitioner, whose practice is in the areas of collaborative law and mediation. She is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where she co-teaches a course on Collaborative Practice. Ms. Cameron was one of the founders of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver. She was one of the first co-chairs of the group. She is currently a board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has designed training in the collaborative process, and regularly leads trainings in the interdisciplinary model of collaborative practice with Dr. Susan Gamache and Doreen Gardner Brown. The interdisciplinary training won an international continuing legal education award (ACLEA) for best program. She has written a book on interdisciplinary collaborative practice, titled: Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue.
Victoria Smith, Lawyer, Mediator
Victoria Smith is a family lawyer, mediator and trainer with over 30 years of experience. For more than 20 years she has confined her practice to settlement work – Collaborative Practice and Mediation. Victoria’s practice focuses on serving professionals, business owners and their spouses. She has extensive experience dealing with complex property and support cases, with challenging dynamics. Victoria’s life work is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and with dignity, to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy and to promote conflict literacy widely. Committed to the growth of Collaborative Practice and settlement advocacy, she presents regularly at collaborative conferences and trains lawyers and other professionals in effective conflict resolution across North America and internationally. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School and a former Director of the IACP and Collaborative Practice Toronto. She is co-author of Collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes and numerous articles on CP and dispute resolution. She practices in Toronto with her daughter, Alexa Turner.