Workshops for Collaborative Professionals

Victoria provides trainings in the collaborative process, settlement advocacy, effective and interdisciplinary teams, communication and negotiation skills to lawyers, Financial Professionals and Family Professionals throughout North America and internationally to critical acclaim. Her workshops are highly interactive, with much opportunity for participant involvement, exercises, demonstration and role plays. She customizes her trainings to meet the needs of each practice group.

She trains independently and with colleagues who are internationally recognized as collaborative practitioners and trainers, including Sherri Goren Slovin, Linda Solomon, Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay.

Her trainings meet the I.A.C.P. standards for trainers and trainings and the requirements of Collaborative Practice Toronto.

Collaborative Practice Workshops

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (Level 1)

This 2 or 3 day workshop focuses on understanding the core concepts of Collaborative Practice, including the evolution from traditional adversarial advocacy to collaborative advocacy, understanding the choreography of a collaborative case and the roles of the collaborative professionals. It can be presented for lawyers only or presented as an interdisciplinary process with Sheila Brown and Jane Tremblay. The workshop will cover:

    The collaborative approach

    • History/key elements
    • Process overview

    The interdisciplinary team
    CP in the dispute resolution continuum
    The evolution to conflict resolution advocacy

    The initial client meeting

    • Screening and process design

    Introduction to interest-based negotiation
    Introduction to key communication skills
    Client and professional preparation
    The settlement meetings
    Ethical issues
    Starting and growing your collaborative practice

    Collaborative Skills (Level 2)

    This 3 day workshop can be presented to lawyers only or as an interdisciplinary workshop and explores the basic skills needed for Collaborative Practice including:

    • Understanding the role and contribution each collaborative professional brings to the process
    • Conflict – dimensions of conflict, what causes conflict, how people engage and avoid conflict
    • Power – types of power, how to use power wisely
    • Principled negotiation
    • Settlement advocacy
    • The role of the law in interest-based negotiations
    • Key communication skills
    • Strategies for strong teams
    • Effective preparation and debriefing
    • Managing strong emotions and difficult clients
    • Avoiding and managing impasse
    • Breakout sessions for each professional to deepen core competencies (interdisciplinary workshops)
    • Collaborative Team Protocols

    Advanced Workshops

    Victoria also provides workshops on advanced collaborative skills, negotiation, collaborative advocacy and effective teams. Her trainings can be customized to meet the needs of the participants. These workshops explore topics such as:

      Screening/assessment issues:

      • Who is the client?
      • What are the red flags?
      • How do we plan for success?
      • How to design an appropriate collaborative team

      What does advocacy really mean in the collaborative context:

      • The spectrum of advocacy from facilitative to partisan
      • Advocacy challenges
      • The dance of advocacy and neutrality – how can neutrals support strong advocacy?
      • The interplay of law, interests and power


      • Interests and trading
      • When our clients don’t make sense-what’s going on? How do we help?
      • How do emotions impact the negotiation process?
      • Eliciting interests

      What really motivates people?

      • Option generation-how, when, and where do we create settlement choices?
      • Using the goals and concerns questionnaire and eliciting interests
      • Using the task statement to bring interest to options generation

      Deepening communication skills:

      • Active listening
      • Reframing
      • Open questioning
      • Writing progress notes and agreements

      Strong interdisciplinary teams:

      • Working with Collaborative Team Protocols
      • Critical debriefing

      Difficult clients
      Avoiding and moving beyond impasse
      Growing your collaborative practice