TRAINING IN
INTERDISCPLINARY
COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE

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The Collaborative Practice (CP) chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The evolution of our CP practice necessitates the evolution of each of our professional practices as well as our ability to work efficiently and effectively together. Successful resolution of our files sends out a very positive message to the community that Collaborative Practice is a safe and effective way for families to move through separation and divorce.

I provide training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, adapted to your group. I meet the IACP standards for Trainers in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice and have conducted over 70 trainings in CP in 7 countries. These trainings include:

1. Introductory Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice for New Groups
2. Advanced or Focused Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice for Established Groups
3. Transitioning to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice
4. Consolidating the Mental Health Aspect of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice


Introductory Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice

Interdisciplinary training in Collaborative Practice requires professionals from each of the three primary disciplines – Law, Mental Health and Finance. To create the appropriate team, I assemble a team of experienced external trainers or work with local trainers. I have experience with both approaches.

Typically an introductory training includes training manual, presentations, discussions, demonstrations, interactive exercises, Q & A, break out groups, IACP resources, support to the local leadership, etc.

Topics include:
- Understanding the paradigm shift for family lawyers
- Understanding the implications of this shift for family therapists and financial planners
- Introducing the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
- The dispute resolution continuum
- Case study relevant to the local community
- Assessment and screening issues
- The first interview for each profession
- Bridging to your colleague
- 4way meetings for Lawyers and Divorce Coaches
- The Financial Neutral and the relationship to the team
- The Child Specialist and the relationship to the team
- Creating and Coordinating your team
- Confidentiality
- Documents
- Ethics
- Case summary
- IACP, IACP resources and the IACP website resources
- The Next Step for Your Community

The Introductory program is an exciting experience for professionals new to Collaborative Practice. Within a warm, welcoming and entertaining environment we explore the tremendous innovations of CP both theoretically and practically; connecting these powerful ideas to the real lives of families. We also work to connect new professionals to pre-existing networks to support their on-going development.

Contact me to explore ways to bring Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice to your community.


Advanced or Focused Training in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice for Established Groups

Now that our community has long past our 10yr anniversary, many Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice groups are well established. Advanced training must take into consideration the evolution of the group in question.

The training program will be informed by an assessment of essential aspects of the group with a focus on what has worked well and where there could be improvements. An interdisciplinary training team can be created either with local or external trainers if necessary.

Training topics could include:
- Reviewing the roles and responsibilities of CP lawyers, coaches, child specialists and financial specialists
- Deepening the shift from adversarial practice to collaborative practice
- Advanced assessment and screening
- Developing consistent team communication
- Getting client buy in right from the first interview
- Maintaining the ‘Balance of Concern’ with resistant clients
- Working with clients at increasing degrees of emotional upset, conflict and complexity
- Consolidating teamwork at increasing degrees of emotional upset, conflict and complexity
- Reviewing case studies of difficult cases that are completed
- Consultation on difficult cases that are in progress
- Debriefing the team
- Conflict resolution for the team
- Practice group issues such as:
Expectations of group members
Senior vs new members
Generating new cases
Referral networks
Relationships between professional groups

Contact me to work out a workshop agenda that will help move your group forward.



Transitioning to Interdisciplinary Practice

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate the transition from a Collaborative Law group to an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice group. Typically this training includes training manual, presentations, discussions, demonstrations, interactive exercises, Q & A, break out groups, IACP resources, support to the local leadership, etc.

Topics include:
- Reviewing the paradigm shift for family lawyers
- Understanding the implications of this shift for family therapists and financial planners
- Introducing the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
- The dispute resolution continuum for new professionals
- Case study relevant to the local community
- Assessment and screening issues
- The first interview for each profession
- Bridging to your colleague
- 4way meetings for Lawyers and Divorce Coaches
- The Financial Neutral and the relationship to the team
- The Child Specialist and the relationship to the team
- Creating and Coordinating your team
- Confidentiality
- Documents
- Ethics
- Case summary
- IACP, IACP resources and the IACP website resources
- The Next Step for Your Group
Contact me to discuss the transition of your group to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice.


Consolidating the Mental Health Aspects of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice

The goal of this workshop is to strengthen the presence and practice of Collaborative Divorce Coaches and Child Specialists in an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Group. This training includes training manual, presentations, discussions, demonstrations, interactive exercises, Q & A, break out groups, IACP resources, etc.

The planning of the workshop will begin with an informal assessment of the group in terms of which aspects are going well and which aspects need strengthening and support. Obstacles to moving forward may be explored. Participants may include all Collaborative Professionals, just the Divorce Coaches and Child Specialists or some time for each grouping.

Topics may include:
- Defining Divorce Coaching
- Understanding the similarities and differences between mediation, divorce coaching and traditional therapy
- Developing yourself as a port of entry for the public into Collaborative Practice
- Conducting ‘Divorce Assessment and Planning’ that matches clients with the appropriate legal and financial services
- Balancing the practical tasks and therapeutic opportunities of separation and divorce
- Understanding the possibilities and limits of divorce coaching
- Examining your theoretical orientation to divorce coaching
- Building a strong relationship with your new client
- Linking the two coaches and preparing for the first 4way
- Identifying therapeutic approaches for individual work vs joint work
- Identifying therapeutic strategies for your co-coaching team
- Learning to adapt your approach as conflict increases
- Increasing your competence with the ‘Not-entirely-voluntary-client’
- Connecting your coaching clients to the rest of the team
- Forming a strong therapeutic team with your Child Specialist, Collaborative Lawyers and Financial Specialist
- Using Divorce Coaching with couples outside of Collaborative Practice
- Teaching your practice group about divorce coaching and child specialists
- Becoming a resource for your practice group
- Increasing your profile within your practice group
- Becoming a good business partner with other group members
Contact me to discuss how we can work together to strengthen and consolidate the practices of divorce coaching and child specialist work in your group.



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