The top event for collaborative family law professionals in the north of England moves to York for its seventh year on Friday 7th October 2016 at the Park Inn Hotel with another fantastic line up of workshops designed to give you access to skills, knowledge and contacts that will help you develop and build your collaborative or mediation practice.
Whether you’re newly qualified or you’ve been practising DR for many years, the conference offers something for everyone.
Once again, the day combines a mix of workshops and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. And, at £135 for six hours’ CPD points (£125 for Brighter Future members), the conference enables you to fulfil the Resolution training requirements in one fell swoop and provides excellent value for money.
There’s an overview of the day below with details of all of the workshops.You'll need to choose TWO sessions (one from each optional section) to include on your booking form.
The 2016 conference
08.30 - 09.15 Registration & coffee
09.20– 10.45 All-conference session:
When nothing is sure, everything is possible - Andrew Pearce
A firm conference favourite, Andrew Pearce will open this year's event by exploring our relationship with uncertainty and ambiguity, and its implications and applications in the collaborative process. He'll talk about its impact on us personally and also on our clients, as well as how it plays out in the collaborative process. Find out more.
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Workshop 1 – choose ONE from the following three workshops:
Engaging Vulnerability - Gillian Bishop & Chris Mills
We all know that clients are vulnerable but we do not usually dare admit to our own vulnerability to ourselves never mind anyone else. Through input and group exercises this workshop will explore the positive side of vulnerability and how embracing it can lead to a more authentic and trusting solicitor/client relationship. The workshop will also address the issue of burnout and how we can protect ourselves against it by acknowledging our own vulnerabilities. Find out more.
Wellbeing, happiness and stressful professions - Danielle Barbereau
This interactive workshop primarily aims to inform professionals about how to best balance work and personal areas of their life and what they can do if work is already taking its toll on their personal lives. It will address the issues of life-work balance, happiness and mainly help to create a shift in mindset, so participants can take positive steps to regain control of their life. Find out more.
Confidence building: reignite your passion for DR - Clare Thornton
A fun and interactive workshop designed to improve the confidence of delegates who feel they need a boost to their DR self-esteem. Clare Thornton is an experienced mediator, collaborative lawyer and Family Arbitrator who feels most at home dealing with separating families outside of the court arena. She aims to re-ignite your passion for Dispute Resolution and to enhance your skills so that you can increase your DR practice and help more clients to see the benefits of a non-court based approach. Find out more.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Workshop 2 – choose ONE from the following three workshops:
Mindful communication in relationships - Clare Walters
You only need three simple techniques to put relationships onto a more constructive footing. If just one half of a couple learns them it gives them the tools to interact more constructively and if both halves learn them it gives them the tools to co-create a positive cycle of increasing self-respect, respect for others, self-awareness, understanding of others; self-control and insight into the impact that they have on others. These techniques are equally useful in business, in collaboration and in our personal lives. They take minutes to learn and a lifetime to perfect! In the session you can learn, or revise, the principles of mindful listening, clear thinking and empowering dialogue and then put them in to practice in a series of light hearted exercises. Find out more.
Psst.....want some more collab cases? - Duane Plant
This workshop is for practitioners who want more DR cases; find that so many new matters are not suitable for collab or mediation; or want practical tips they can use to overcome the usual hurdles to collab. There are many reasons why we say a new matter is unsuitable for DR. Would you be willing to do more collaborative cases if these issues could be managed better? This workshop will offer you some practical steps at the beginning of each new matter that should lead you to build a collab or mediation caseload. Find out more.
Dynamics across/around the table - Andrew Wareing.
This workshop is aimed at the less experienced collaborative lawyer, providing strategies to help deal with difficult situations and to help you understand what clients might be thinking about and fearing. It will cover everything from formalities when setting up sessions to greetings, use of notes and eyeballing! It will also look at how to deal with impasse, tears, angry outbursts and nerves (both yours and that of your the clients), usen of humour, delivering unpalatable advice and planning the duration of sessions based on optimum attention span. The workshop is designed to encourage an open and honest exchange about experiences and fears, and leave you feeling better equipped. Find out more.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 16.45 Closing plenary - Question Time
This year, our closing session will bring together some of our workshop presenters and members of the Brighter Future committee to field questions from the audience and facilitate discussion about topics that have been covered - or not - during the day that relate to DR practice and the future of family law. You can submit questions in advance via your event registration.
16.45 onwards Social/networking drinks in the bar, with superb riverside views. All welcome!
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Brighter Future is a membership group representing collaborative family law professionals throughout the north of England.
Our aim is to help more separating and divorcing couples resolve the issues around their separation without going to court, and we do this through an annual conference that's designed to help our members - who are all trained collaborative family professionals and mediators - attract more cases, as well as through marketing activity.
Our members have extensive experience of helping people through relationship breakdown. They include collaborative family lawyers and mediators, as well as other family professionals such as financial advisers, family consultants and counsellors, who can help couples reach agreement on the terms of their separation without going to court.
Our aim is to help people who are seeking to avoid confrontation and remain on good terms with their partner and friends to resolve the financial and/or family issues that arise from their separation.