Introductory Collaborative Practice Inter-disciplinary Training by Zoom

Date and time: 
September 23, 2021 - 10:30am
Event type: 
Introductory Collaborative Practice Training

This course is based on the curriculum approved by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals but offers much more. The curriculum is outlined below and far exceeds that prescribed by the IACP. Instead of being offered as a five day in-person training, we are offering it over the course of five weeks. Your training will occur using Zoom, a video conferencing platform and each session is 3 hours.  There will be at least one hour of homework each week. Upon the conclusion of this course, you will be able to conduct Collaborative cases whether remotely or in person. You will learn the theory underpinning the process and the practical skills you need to open cases. Recently, some of our students had cases ready to start immediately after they finished our course. We want you to have everything you need to feel confident that you can begin doing cases immediately. The difference between our course and other shorter courses is that we do a lot more practical skills building so that you can begin practicing immediately. 

Course Outline

The Collaborative Approach

Brief History

Stu Webb

Key Elements - two lawyers, disqualification clause

Process Overview - importance of addressing emotional, financial and legal issues

Different CP models - lawyer only, full team, partial team, and others

CP in Dispute Resolution Continuum

Advantages of disadvantages of different process options

The Participation Agreement

The Collaborative Professionals:

Family Professional

neutral facilitator, divorce coach, process manager, parenting mediator

introduction to parenting plans, helping with emotional journey and focus on neutrality issues

Financial Professional

neutral financial, financial settlement projections, business and income valuator

introduction to divorcemate - Financial Statement, Net Family Property, support calculations, budgeting and focus on neutrality issues

Legal Professional


settlement advocacy, legal advice, team work, option evaluation, documenting agreement

The Role of the Law

Introduction to Evolution/Paradigm Shifting for each professional

Conflict theories and models, conflict styles, power imbalances

Conflict resolution strategies such as principled negotiation,  interest based negotiation, insight, narrative, transformative

Communication, Listening Skills, Questioning

Emotional agility / techniques to manage strong emotions and high conflict personalities

Initial Consultations


Process choice

Process design

Case management


Engaging  the reluctant spouse

Engaging other reluctant lawyer

Assembling the team

Team preparation

Client preparation

Agenda setting

First meeting  considerations - potential red flags, urgent issues and dynamics

Progress notes

Financial Disclosure

Debrief by team

Introduction of legal model and role of the model - when and who

Further preparation and further meetings

Option generation and evaluation

Settlement and drafting of agreements

Terminating process (do’s and don’ts)

Final team debrief

Settlement Advocacy


Neutrality and Team

Self Care

The interplay of Neutrality & Advocacy

Impasse Strategies

September 21, 23, 29, 30, October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
12:30 pm EST to 3:30 pm EDT

Note: Sept 28 is a holiday so that week we are meeting Sept 29

The cost is $1,950.00 +HST and the cost of the ticket purchase system. This is in Canadian dollars. 

$100 will be paid to the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals for its own going support of trainings and graduates of trainings.


You will be sent a link for Zoom upon registration. 


Brian Galbraith (Collaborative Lawyer), Bev Lemay (Family Professional) and Carrie Heinzl (Financial Professional)

Contact email:
Brian Galbraith
Price info: 

The cost is $1,950.00 +HST and the cost of the ticket purchase system. This is in Canadian dollars.