14 CPD Units including Professional Skills, Ethics and Practice Management/Business Skills
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What is Collaborative Practice?
Collaborative Practice is a multidisciplinary approach to dispute resolution in which allied professionals work together to assist clients to resolve disputes respectfully and out of Court.
About this Workshop
This 2-day basic training has an emphasis on Family Law but is equally useful in any area of law where parties to a dispute need to preserve a relationship beyond the dispute. Examples include Estate cases, Partnership or business disputes, neighbour disputes.
Lawyers commonly work in an adversarial process which can be polarising for parties and can add to the conflict, as well as resulting in lengthy processes which are expensive both financially and damaging to relationships.
Counsellors and family therapists and psychologists frequently are involved in parties lives as are trusted financial advisors, however often the professions fail to communicate with each other which sometimes means that they are working against each other.
Being embroiled on a daily basis in dispute resolution is challenging personally for professionals particularly where the professional advisors feel that they are fighting against each other. In Collaborative Practice matters are approached on the understanding that no one is against anyone – there is a problem and finding a solution which would be acceptable to all parties involved is the goal of all advisors. We do not need to behave as if we are at war with each other to assist parties to resolve dispute.
About the Trainers
The trainers are all experienced Collaborative Professionals who have worked in multiple cases together. The training is directed toward legal practitioners, psychologists, social workers, family therapists and counsellors, accountants and financial advisors. All trainers are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and have all travelled overseas attending advanced trainings and international Collaborative conferences.
- Bev Clark, a Family Lawyer, nationally accredited Mediator and one of the first trained Collaborative practitioners in South Australia. She has been working in Collaborative cases for over 10 years.
- Rachel Jolly, a Family Therapist, Social Worker, Mediator and Collaborative practitioner with extensive experience working with families, individuals and couples addressing issues of complexity and relationship dynamics. She has been working in Collaborative cases for over 8 years
This basic training meets the minimum requirements of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and will enable the participants to then work in an interdisciplinary Collaborative process.
- Benefits of collaborative practice
- A step-by-step guide to handling a collaborative case from start to finish
- Different models of Collaborative practice
- The role and benefits of each of the allied professions
- The power of working in a team
- How to let go of preconceptions and old habits that may impede resolution
- How to help clients move from positions to interest-based negotiation
- Effective option building to help clients determine their own outcomes
- How to sell a collaborative process to clients
- Skills and understanding that will assist clients even in non-collaborative cases
- How to join or create a local collaborative community
The training meets CPD requirements and will be allocated as follows:
Practical legal ethics – 1 unit
Practice management or business skills – 1 unit
Professional skills – 12 units
Member admitted more than 3 years: $1210
Member admitted less than 3 years: $1210
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