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Collaborative Practice Trainers...

This list is provided to assist you to identify and contact trainers to arrange training in the Province of Ontario.

It is recommend that an in-depth discussion take place with each prospective trainer to explore your training goals and objectives, as well as issues such as:

  • the trainer's experience, including any references;
  • objectives and scope of the trainings offered;
  • their training philosophy / model / approach;
  • course curriculum and
  • membership requirements of your local group.

The Mission Statement for Collaborative Trainers and Training and Learning Objectives follow the list of trainers.

NOTE: The OCLF does not endorse or take responsibility for any individual trainers or training.
This list is for information only.

Click on the Trainer's name for more information.


Mental Health Professionals

Financial Professionals

Colleen Currie

Diane Daly

Brian Galbraith

Cori Kalinowski

Sheila Kirsh

Marion Korn

Nigel MacLeod

Michael A. Maddalena

Jill McLeod

Marie Nickle

Margaret Opatovsky

Richard W. Shields

Victoria Smith

Elizabeth A. Swarbrick

Karen Thompson-Harry

Barbara Anderson

Sheila Brown

Sue Cook

Gary Direnfeld


Val Lewis

Joyce Owen

Jane Tremblay


Mission Statement for Collaborative Practice Trainers and Training

The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the trainers listed on its website commit to the following goals and objectives as their mission:

  1. Provide quality training accessible to collaborative professionals across Ontario
  2. Recognize the distinct learning needs of legal, family, and financial professionals
  3. Equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to manage a collaborative case
  4. Build confidence in, commitment to, and enthusiasm for collaborative practice
  5. Support collaborative professionals with their practice development after training
  6. Encourage continuing education, advanced learning, and professional development
  7. Establish and maintain a roster of qualified trainers across Ontario
  8. Foster continuing development of trainers through mentoring, observation, and retreats
  9. Offer training and learning resources for trainers and practitioners
  10. Promote best practices among collaborative professionals

Learning Objectives

The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the trainers listed on its website recommend that collaborative professionals attend a five-day, forty-hour training, which may be divided into two levels or parts consisting of an initial two days of introductory training and three days of skills training to be taken in order. The following learning objectives ought to be achieved:

Knowledge-based Learning

  • Conflict and conflict management
  • Disputes and dispute resolution
  • The ADR spectrum
  • The collaborative approach
  • The history of Collaborative Practice
  • Assumptions, beliefs, principles, and values of Collaborative Practice
  • Models of Collaborative Practice
  • Stages of the Collaborative Practice process
  • The Collaborative Practice Agreements
  • The roles of Collaborative Practice professionals

Skills-based Learning

  • Client-centred communication
  • Questioning and listening skills
  • Conducting the initial client meeting
  • Assisting the client in making an informed process choice
  • Screening for appropriateness
  • Forming the collaborative team
  • Designing the process
  • Preparing the Collaborative Practice Agreements
  • Preparing the client for the first settlement meeting
  • Opening the first settlement meeting
  • Establishing behaviour and communication guidelines
  • Facilitating storytelling
  • Creating an agenda of issues
  • Identifying required documents and information
  • Managing financial disclosure
  • Debriefing with other professionals and parties
  • Preparing progress notes or minutes
  • Facilitating an interest-based negotiation
  • Overcoming negotiation impasse
  • Preparing a Separation Agreement collaboratively

Attitude-based Learning

  • Accepting Collaborative Practice as a legitimate family dispute resolution process
  • Valuing the assumptions, beliefs, principles, and values of Collaborative Practice
  • Feeling enthusiastic about becoming a collaborative professional
  • Recognizing the need to form a strategic plan
  • Resolving to join a practice group
  • Committing to continuing learning and professional development
  • Making the paradigm shift

The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the trainers listed on this website support the Minimum and Ethical Standards for Collaborative Practitioners developed by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

The Ontario Collaborative Law Federation and the trainers listed on this website believe that the Minimum Standards for a Collaborative Basic Training and the Minimum Standards for Collaborative Trainers developed by the IACP provide useful guidelines for trainers and practitioners and recommend their adoption where applicable.

These IACP Standards can be found on their website at www.collaborativepractice.com.