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Northern Lights 8

Brighter Future

Friday, 6 October 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00

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The top event for collaborative family law professionals in the north of England is back in York for its eighth year on Friday 6th October 2017 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 2017 conference

08.30 - 09.15    Registration & coffee

09.15 - 09.20    Welcome

09.20 - 10.45    All-conference session: 

Relax, you are more resourceful than you know! - Andrew Pearce  

Many of us find ourselves in situations where we feel pressure from others to come up with solutions. Staying calm, recognising boundaries and resisting the temptation to take responsibility for what is not yours is key. We will explore this, and more…as well as playing a game or two! Find out more.

10.45 - 11.00    Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30    Workshop 1 – choose ONE from the following three workshops:

Climbing out of the box together - Mary Shaw/Brian Cantwell

About five years ago, Brian and Mary began to work together with separating clients and couples. This interactive workshop looks at their journey to examine how working with a family consultant can add value to collaborative lawyers’ “offer” to their clients (both collaborative and otherwise) and explores the benefits of not only thinking outside the box but getting out of it altogether in multidisciplinary working in partnership. Find out more

10,000 hours: is it really true? - Jo Sullivan, collaborative solicitor and family mediator

The 10,000-hours concept can be traced back to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, a Professor at the University of Colorado, called The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance.  This was later popularised by Malcom Gladwell.   This idea is in the art exhibit ‘Manifest:10,000’ by Clare Twomey which is literally 10,000 clay pots currently at the York Art Gallery.  Jo O’Sullivan asks is this really true and how can you grow confidence in your collaborative practice if you have less than this magic number of hours. Find out more.

Strategies for Dealing with Stress - Chris Mills

We focus daily on the stresses of our clients, often playing down the stressful impact this has on us. This workshop introduces an effective, easy to implement peer supervision structure that can be used in the office. It relieves stress, strengthens group dynamics, deepens understanding of our work and enhances strategic and collaborative thinking. Find out more.

12.30 - 13.30    Lunch

13.30 - 15.00    Workshop 2 – choose ONE from the following three workshops:   

Welcome to the Divorce Hotel - Clare Thornton and David Leckie

The Divorce Hotel UK launched earlier this year in York to much media acclaim (Good Morning Britain, The Mail on Sunday and Loose Women to name but a few!).  The project is a joint venture between Clare Thornton and David Leckie following the Divorce Hotel international model which is the brainchild of Jim Halfens from the Netherlands.  Clare is a well-respected solicitor mediator based in Wakefield who many of you will know, and David is a mediator and counsellor based in York.  This workshop will focus on the experience of running the Divorce Hotel, where divorcing couples spend the weekend resolving their financial separation culminating in the signature of the divorce papers and consent documentation.  Come and help us explore the moral and ethical issues this may raise and the experiences of the couples involved and see if we can inspire you to “think outside the box” in your own professional development. Find out more.

Separated Parents Information Programme - Helen Evans and Sarah Carr

An overview of the court ordered contact activity ‘Separated Parents Information Programme’. This programme is normally delivered in four hours to a mixed group of parents, male/female, mums/dads/grandparents, resident/non-resident parents. The programme focuses on what children need from their parents when they are separated. We look at communication and how the lack of good communication impacts negatively on children. We offer support and information about the emotional side of separation. This is a national programme which receives excellent feedback from participants. Find out more.

Preparing your clients for the collaborative process - Danielle Barbereau, Divorce coach

This workshop is based on the belief that the collaborative relationship you establish with your clients differs from other work and requires different skills and a different approach. It argues that it bears similarities with the coaching relationship.Some techniques and skills used by a divorce coach (communicating, listening, choosing the right language, asking the right questions) can contribute to a quicker resolution in the collaborative process.The workshop is intended to:

Give a perspective on the relationship between solicitor and client

  • Refer to the process of coaching to bring change
  • Propose some useful models and techniques to establish rapport and to bring solutions
  • Enable discussionThe workshop is interactive and participative but I hope that it will leave you with a consideration about how to approach your preparation differently. It may also have an impact on how you establish rapport with all your clients. 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!

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 8? Contact Brighter Future

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Park Inn Hotel, York
North Street
YO1 6JF York
United Kingdom

Friday, 6 October 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00

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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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