Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Course


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

This course will provide the training you need to practice in your jurisdiction.

IACP Basic Course is based on the curriculum approved by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is sufficient to practice collaboratively in most jurisdictions. You should check with your local practice group to determine what is required in your area.

Ontario requires more than the standard IACP curriculum. If you live in Ontario, you must take the Whole Course to practice collaboratively.

If you live outside Ontario and want a deeper dive into the process and practice your skills, you are also welcome to take the Whole Course.

The Whole Course gives you everything you need to start practicing immediately, including the practical skills needed to succeed.

Date and Registration Details:

The sessions will start at 10:30 am CST / 12:30 pm EST on the following dates

October 21, 23, 28, 30 for the IACP Basic Course and the Whole Course continues on November 4, 6, 18, and 20th. Each session is 4 hours (with breaks).

The entire course is taught on Zoom. You choose between the Whole Course (which is necessary if you live in Ontario) or just the IACP Basic Course, which is suitable for most other jurisdictions. You should ask your practice group if the IACP Basic Course is sufficient in your area. It is 16 hours of training.

We have had several students start with the IACP Basic Course and then extend it to take the Whole Course. They saw the value in taking the additional days. It sets you up to start practicing with confidence 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
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Collaborative Process

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

The Trainers: Brian Galbraith, Russell Alexander, Carrie Heinzl, Jonathan Paynter



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