Upcoming events

    • 10 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Zoom

    The Art of Asking Questions in Collaborative Cases presented by Jacinta Gallant

    Wednesday ~ February 10, 2021 ~ 5:00 p.m.

    Conflict resolution professionals need strong communications skills and deep insight in order to help our clients get to the root of their problems. Asking questions is one of the vital communication skills in our conflict resolution toolbox. We ask question to aid in understanding.

    We intend to be helpful and open, so when we get defensive or resistant reaction, we wonder what went wrong? In some instances, our well-intentioned questions lead down the path of "factual enquiry" about "what happened?" - which is a great lead in to the "Blame Game". Other times, our questions can lead to feelings of frustration as we steer the conversation where we want it to go, either because we are missing the cues that allow us to follow the client' lead, or because we are uncomfortable with the direction the conversation is taking and we do not want to be uncomfortable. There are so many ways our questions can impact conflict and understanding, it's no wonder many of us are apprehensive about what to ask and how to ask it.

    Hopefully, we have all felt the joy of a question that led to brilliant, illuminating insight! This workshop is about how can we do this more. We will challenge ourselves to consider:

    • What kinds of questions aid in understanding?
    • What should we be asking about?
    • Who should be asking the questions?
    • What judgements are hidden (or apparent!) in our questions?
    • How to use questioning to find creative solutions.

    Speaker Bio

    Jacinta Gallant is a respected Canadian collaborative lawyer, conflict trainer and innovator in her field. She is recognized internationally for her insightful approach to teaching and managing conflict, and has been welcomed as a trainer throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Her law practice Waterstone Law Group focuses on out-of-court settlement, including collaborative practice, mediation and negotiation.  Jacinta’s innovative Our Family in Two Homes resource helps prepare clients to engage deeply, and more productively, with the members of their Collaborative Team.  Jacinta’s ultimate goal as a trainer is to help collaborative professionals engage with clients in a more meaningful way, manage conflict more effectively, and get more enjoyment out of this important work.

    • 05 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 06 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • Stetson Law Center, 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

    2-Day Interdisciplinary Introductory/Refresher Collaborative Training

    This is a 2-DAY Interdisciplinary Introductory/Refresher Collaborative Training in the One Coach/Neutral Facilitator/Neutral Mental Health Professional Model

    What would it feel like to help clients divorce peacefully, privately, and with dignity?  Wouldn’t it be great to consistently work with professionals whom you know, trust, like, and respect?  Learn how to offer Collaborative services and get involved in your Collaborative Law community in this highly engaging two-day Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law training.  This course is intended for attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, mediators, and others who believe there is a better way to help clients through difficult times.

    At our two-day Introductory Training, participants will do the following:

    • Learn how and why collaborative practice was developed

    • Discover the essential paradigm shift that allows collaborative professionals to succeed

    • Review the Uniform Collaborative Law Act or jurisdiction-specific statutes/rules

    • Explore and enhance option development techniques

    • Identify the distinction between interest-based discussion and positional bargaining

    • Obtain a step-by-step guide on how a collaborative case typically proceeds

    • Participate in discipline-specific break-outs and Q & A sessions

    • Engage in a discussion on collaborative practice and professional ethics

    • Exchange ideas on marketing to foster the  development of a collaborative practice

    • Learn how to grow and re-energize your local collaborative community


    We know that many professionals have taken the intro training before and may only be interested in the advanced trainings when they come to town. We offer advanced trainings later in the year, but have found that experienced collaborative professionals repeat the intro training as well. Feedback from these professionals has informed us that they feel a refresher in the process is helpful, that they learn new skills, and update their knowledge on the law and creative ways to help their clients divorce collaboratively. 

    Trainers: Florida Collaborative Trainers

    Friday - March 5, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday - March 6, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Currently scheduled for in-person

    Registration will open in December 2020


    Early Bird: $495 Register by February 5, 2021

    Registration: $550

    Costs include light breakfast and lunch each day as well as a cocktail hour Friday evening immediately following the training.

    Continuing Education: Application has been made for attorneys and mental health professionals.

    Each attendee will receive a copy of the book The Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce by Jeremy Gaies, Psy. D.

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