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