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Northern Lights 10

Brighter Future

Friday, 4 October 2019 from 08:30 to 16:40

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The top event for collaborative family law professionals in the north of England is back in York for its tenth year on Friday 4th October 2019 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 THREE sessions (one from each optional section) to include on your booking form.

The 2019 conference

08.30 - 09.00    Registration & coffee

09.00 - 09.05    Welcome

09.05 - 10.15    All-conference session: Future of Family Law - Angela Lake-Carroll and David Emmerson

An examination of how the current and future environment for a landscape of family practice is likely to be shaped and changed by the reforms, digital technology and most importantly by changing consumer behaviour. The workshop will include thinking about what changes and adjustments to practice are likely to help is to capture the future client market and maximise fee potential.

10.15- 10.30    Coffee break

10.30 - 11.45     Workshop 1 – choose ONE from the following two workshops:

 Platform 9 3/4 : a journey into Parental Co-ordination - Sarah Smith 

Parenting coordination is a relatively new concept to UK family law. In this workshop, Sarah Smith – one of the first 10 people in the UK to qualify as a PC - explains what parenting coordination is, how it works alongside the legal process and how its psychologically based interventions, decision-making and education can help those in high conflict family situations. Find out more about Sarah here.


 How to create a culture of trust - Laura Bouttell


 If you want your business to be as productive and efficient as it can be then you need to develop a culture of trust. A culture of trust means that people:

  •  Feel that they can admit they don’t know things
  • Feel that they can admit they made a mistake
  • Feel that they can share ideas with others that benefit the whole business
  • Feel that can admit when they might be struggling
  • Feel that they can ask for help
  • Feel that they can rely on their colleagues for support.

 A culture of trust comes from the top and there are very simple things you can do each day to develop this in your workplace. This workshop will explain the benefits of a culture of trust as well as teach you the techniques that will help you identify where you are at the moment, and then repair and build a culture where it’s okay to admit to vulnerability so the whole business benefits.Find out more about Laura here.


11.45-12.00 Coffee

12.00 - 13.15  Workshop 2 - choose ONE from the following two workshops

Confident creativity: The use of cashflow modelling in collaborative divorce - Gary O'Brien, Elaine Gwinnett and Ralph Zoing

A demonstration of how modern financial software can be used to model and test the viability of proposed financial settlements. The presentation will include actual case studies where the cash flow models have been used to break stalemates and allowed clients to reach agreements which meet both sets of future needs. Find out more about the speakers here.

Idea Time: Breakthrough thinking for win-win solutions - Dr Jo North 

Dr. Jo North will lead this highly interactive workshop-style session. The focus will be on how to think more creatively, gain fresh perspectives and co-create win-win solutions.Jo’s workshop will include:

  • What happens when we have ideas, and why ideas are so important
  • How to make the most of your creative brain, and the value of whole brain thinking in problem solving
  • Positive disruption techniques for creativity
  • How to use positive, outcome-focused language to support solution-finding
  • Ways of overcoming inertia, limiting beliefs and resistance to change
  • Great questions for collaborative solution-finding

 Find out more about Jo here.

13.15 - 14.00    Lunch 

14.00 - 15.15    Workshop 3 – choose ONE from the following two workshops:   

Building better relationships with DiSC - Dave McCartney

Why is it that we find it easy to build great relationships with certain types of people and others we find much harder? However, in business and life we must deal with all different types of people and find ways to bridge those differences.

In this workshop we will learn about the DiSC assessment and how it helps us to understand ourselves better, understand why people are similar and different to us and how to build highly effective relationships with all types of personalities. We will also learn how to spot DiSC personality styles based on body language and choice of words. Find out more about Dave here.

Dynamite Communication! The Minefield of  Parental Alienation - Chip Chimera

This workshop will look at the dynamics of communication in cases where parental alienation is alleged. We will look at the family system, the wider family and the professional network and the impact of high conflict. Methods of assessment for alienation will be shown and issues regarding treatment interventions will be explored. The latest research will be examined along with case examples.The impact on professional workers in this field will also be described. Find out more about Chip here.


15.15 - 15.30    Coffee break

15.30 - 16.40    The myths and science of negotiation - Professor Liz Stokoe

Why do we think we know so much about negotiation, and mediation, and communication, when we so often fail to capture and study actual talk in the wild? In this plenary, Professor Elizabeth Stokoe will describe her work in conversation analysis. Drawing on a variety of workplace and organizational settings, including mediation, crisis negotiation, medical communication, police interviews and commercial sales encounters, she will show how the analysis of conversation reveals its highly organized and systematic nature, and how research findings about what is (in)effective can underpin evidence-based communication training with integrity and impact. Find out more about Liz here.


16.40 onwards - Social/networking drinks in the bar, with superb riverside views. All welcome!

Don't forget to check out our website for more details of the conference, and you can also follow us on Twitter for conference news & updates.

Do you have questions about Northern Lights 10? Contact Brighter Future

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Park Inn Hotel
North Street
YO1 6JF York
United Kingdom

Friday, 4 October 2019 from 08:30 to 16:40

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Brighter Future

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.

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