Summer Session July 28th-Aug 2nd, 2016

Prince Edward Island is playing host to the second annual Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals

July 28 – August 2, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI.


Go to our website for more information:  Summer Sessions 2016


Fulfill your professional development needs and take a vacation on our beautiful Island! Check out PEI in Summer.

I am happy to announce our 2016 line-up for the second annual Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals.


July 28 and 29, 2016: Taking the Guesswork Out of Conflict
– with Yuval Berger (MSW) and Lisa Alexander (LLB) of Vancouver
Yuval and Lisa will lead an intensive, interactive workshop on how attachment styles manifest during conflict and relationship breakdown. We will examine how each spouse’s individual attachment styles interact and learn how the collaborative team can plan for and react to such interactions. Participants will leave this workshop with the skills and knowledge to better predict client behavior during conflict, attend to and contain strong emotions, develop specific strategies to support families and plan team protocols for discussing and supporting families using an attachment perspective. Attendees will also learn about their own attachment styles and the interplay between their attachment style and that of their client and other collaborative colleagues.



August 1 & 2, 2016 Keeping Interests on the Table
Interest-Based Negotiation Skills for Collaborative Professionals
– with Jacinta Gallant

As collaborative professionals, we have to know how to get underneath clients’ positions to identify their interests – their needs, concerns, hopes and motivations – in order to focus on finding solutions that meet their unique needs. If you have experienced the frustration of seeing these carefully articulated interests fall “off the table” when you get to option generation, then this workshop is for you!

This interactive and practical workshop will teach collaborative professionals the skills and process steps involved in an interest-based negotiation. You will learn how to engage with clients to gain a deeper understanding of their underlying interests, and how the collaborative team can keep the clients’ interests “on the table” when moving through option generation. It is appropriate for new collaborative practitioners, or those who want to hone their skills in working with interests. This training will provide 2-days (15 hours) of interest-based collaborative skills training to meet the basic training requirement of most Collaborative Practice Groups



July 30, 2016 – FLOW Method – Tai Chi Tactics for Better Communication
– with Harmony Wagner

In this experiential and insightful one-day workshop, participants will dissect the anatomy of conflict and garner practical tools to improve listening skills, neutralize aggression and facilitate dialogue. By applying basic Tai Chi principles to the communication process, this presentation offers a new vantage on how to keep the conversation moving forward between opposing forces.
Working from the tenet that continued flow is the basis of fruitful negotiation and the resolution of disputes, participants will gain new techniques to enhance perceptions and manifest outcomes when communication has become stuck. Using practical methods drawn from the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, this workshop introduces a new approach to establishing and maintaining the connections required to harmonize stress and collaborate.

Jacinta C. Gallant
Lawyer and Mediator
89 Hillsborough Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4W5
Ph  (902)367-3901
Fax (902)367-3989

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Some Important Points to Consider:

  • The Participation Agreement includes a commitment not to begin a court proceeding.

  • Collaborative family law respects relationships.

  • Collaborative family law safeguards participants’ privacy, because proceedings are not public record.

  • Collaborative family law gives participants control over the pace of their process.

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