• Training with Victoria Smith

Training with Victoria Smith

  • 29 Feb 2016
  • 8:30 AM
  • 01 Mar 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Vincents, Level 34, Santos Place, 32 Turbot Street, Brisbane


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QCL Collaborative Workshop with International trainer Victoria Smith
29 February (Monday) and 1 March 2016 (Tuesday)


Queensland Collaborative Law (QCL) is proud to offer our community a two-day intensive, advanced training workshop for collaborative and allied professionals. This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn from a world expert with more than 30 years experience in the collaborative process whose training programs have received international acclaim.

Some of our members had the opportunity to train with Victoria when she was here last year, and again in Washington at the IACP conference in October. The reviews were unanimously positive. If you couldn't be in Washington, join us for a review of her international conference presentation (Day 1) and new topics designed especially for our Australian audience (Day 2)

About this workshop

If you are an experienced collaborative professional and are ready to be challenged with new ideas, or you are just getting started and want a deeper understanding of the collaborative model, this workshop is for you!

You can attend one or both days of this intensive training. Topics covered include:


A Deeper Look at Conflict
Like it or not, negotiations take place in the gut as well as the head. We often witness our clients slowing down process, putting up roadblocks and engaging in self-defeating behavior. This workshop will help make sense of the challenges inherent in negotiation, particularly in the context of divorce. We will explore the interplay of emotion and logic, the impact of the client’s conflict narrative and the core identity needs that drive conflict.

Truly empowering clients means helping them see, and then manage, their conflict differently. Collaborative lawyers and neutrals will deepen their understanding of conflict and learn concrete tools to help our clients move from “stuck”, “hooked”, and “them” , to understanding what they can do independent of their partner , and then more effectively  with their partner, to move from conflict to resolution.


Skillful Advocacy for Tough Cases

This workshop will focus on some of the challenging themes that arise in collaborative process:
The "I want to stay friends and get me the house!" case  
How do we advocate when our clients value their ongoing relationship with their spouse and want a good financial settlement?

The “You can pay! / You want what!? You’ve got to be kidding!?” case  
How do we advocate when the betrayed spouse wants more than the law provides and/or offending spouse has the ‘audacity’ to expect his or her legal entitlements?

The “But that’s why I left him” case
 How do we work with the increasingly common phenomenon of the payor wife and the dependent husband?
The “bully and the doormat” case
How do neutrals and lawyers understand and support the advocacy needs of each of these clients?
This workshop will explore how to build strong teams, with the awareness, skills and trust to navigate these cases to resolution.

About Victoria L Smith, LLB, C Med, Cert CFM (FMC)

Victoria Smith is a Canadian family lawyer with more than 30 years of experience who has specialised in Collaborative practice and meditation for the past decade. She has extensive experience dealing with complex property and high income support cases.

Victoria's life work is to help her clients resolve conflict wisely and dignity, and to support an evolution in the legal profession from adversarial advocacy to conflict resolution advocacy. She is an Adjunct Professor of Collaborative Lawyering at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is co-author of collaborative Family Law, Another Way to Resolve Family Disputes. For more information visit wwww.victoriasmith.ca

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