Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Course


Will I be able to do collaborative practice cases upon the conclusion of this course?

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. 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.

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
    • lawyer
    • 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
  • Screening
  • Process choice
  • Process design
  • Case management
  • Interests
  • 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

  • Ethics
  • Neutrality and Team
  • Self Care
  • Interplay of Neutrality & Advocacy

Impasse Strategies

September 21, 23, 28, 29, October 5,7, 12, 14, 19, 21
12:30 pm EST to 3:30 pm EST

Note: Sept 30 is a holiday so that week we are meeting Sept 29 EST

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

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

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