WS #13 Build Your Future - Using the Collaborative Process to Negotiate Cohabitation Agreements/Marriage Contracts

Difficult conversations don't just happen on separation and divorce. Sometimes couples need to work through issues as they live together and/or marry. These issues might be related to second marriages, family wealth transfers, financial differences and other circumstances that arise during a relationship. The workshop will be a dynamic discussion sharing ideas, experiences and exploring opportunities to use the Collaborative Process to
help families plan their future.

WS #12 Fearless Feedback: How to Structure Debriefs to Deepen Collaborative Skills

Debriefs in the Collaborative Law process often receive short shrift, both from a training perspective as well as a practice perspective. Join us in an interactive workshop, using demonstrations, interactive discussions, and roleplays, to develop best practices for more productive and professionally satisfying debriefs.

WS #11 Resolving Family Disputes Through Lens of Care

This presentation will highlight the Collaborative Justice Project, a low bono community programme commenced in SIngappore. Why such a Project is important, understanding the needs of the community, starting such a programme and promoting the Project to the community will be the focus of this workshop. The aim of this workshop is to facilitate sharing and learning from communities who run such programmes.

WS #10 Why Collaborative Professionals Benefit From Being LGBTQIA Allies

Increased discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQIA community means informed allies are needed. This requires we 1) examine our biases; 2) create safe and welcoming spaces; and 3) learn from the community. Because none of us wants to live in a world where hatred is tolerated, much less legislated, we all benefit from being allies.

WS #9 If You Build It, They Will Come: Developing Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Access to Collaboration (A2C) Programs

Did you build a program, but “they” didn’t come? Have you thought about how you reach clients? We examine challenges that may exist in your program, keeping you stuck in a field of dreams. Exploring 6 elements of inclusion– format, input, newness, bias, perception, and inclusion - to strengthen programs.

WS #8 Creating More Collaborative Cases through Connection, Psychology and Technology

Convert more of your Initial Consultations into Collaborative Divorce Clients! This workshop is designed for mental health and financial neutrals alike: Maximize your ability to explain and “sell” the Collaborative Divorce process to potential new clients who would benefit from it, using personal touches, cutting edge technology, tools and techniques.

WS #7 Maintaining Creative Tension in the Team – Some Keys to Success

Essential to collaborative practice is a well functioning professional team. So how do we get there? This interactive workshop draws on research into group dynamics from Gestalt psychologist Max Wertheimer, Kurt Lewin’s work on groups systems, contemporary neuroscience, Karpman’s Drama Triangles and Murray Bowens concept of triangulation in family systems.

WS #6 A New Take on Landing Collaborative Files

This workshop approaches business development from the perspective of the client experience and offers practical strategies to build your settlement practice from before the client meets you until you are retained. We will take a deep dive into common missteps, workshop first phone-calls, initial client meetings, the process of getting retained, and designing/adapting process so you land the client and can build the practice you want.

WS #5 When Love Locks Fail: Understanding How Couples Fit Together is Key to Helping Them Come Apart

Most of us choose our life partner with the promise that our beloved will meet our most profound longings. Our hopes reflect compelling, often unconscious hungers deep in our souls. Consider Imago theory’s “ghost partner,” the “lock and key” from Navigating the Emotional Dynamics of Divorce, or Jerry Maguire’s “you complete me”. Two people choose each other with wishes that often lead to struggle, disappointment, and anger as the very same characteristics that pulled the couple together now push them apart.

WS #4 Gaining Insight from Our Past: Strengthening Foundations for Resolving Team Conflict in the Present and Toward the Future

Participants will explore team conflict and relationships as foundations for productively resolving conflict. Through Gottman’s and Sulmeyer’s work, participants will explore clues from their families of origin to identify their conflict management style, understand the importance of positive and negative interactions in teams during the conflict, and how to build “negative capacity” in order to experience necessary and difficult conversations.
Participants will be provided with concrete tools they can take away to build relationships on a team and use when conflict arises.