Introduction to Collaborative Practice Training

The Collaborative Law process is at the cutting edge of dispute resolution practice today, with an emphasis on problem solving, negotiation and co-operation to settle conflict. The non-confrontational nature of Collaborative Practice enables Lawyers working with other professionals and their clients to respectfully resolve disputes and, ultimately, stay out of Court.

Join Collaborative Family Lawyer, Clarissa Rayward and her team of collaborative experts including financial and mental health experts for an engaging 2 day workshop that will add new dimensions to your skills and the services you offer your clients.

Collaborative Practice is now a widely used form of dispute resolution for separating families.  This program is designed to meet the standards detailed in the Law Council of Australia’s “Australian Collaborative Practice Guidelines for Lawyers”.  It will also satisfy the requirements to be classified as a collaborative professional with both the Queensland Collaborative Law Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

You can earn CPD points- self assessed 1 per each hour of attendance. 

This program is designed for all professionals working with separating families including-

  • lawyers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • coaches
  • financial planners
  • accountants

The Introductory Collaborative Practice Training teaches the interdisciplinary model of Collaborative Practice, enabling differing professional disciplines to work together to assist separating families.  This program would also suit anyone who has completed an introductory program before but is seeking a refresher in these skills.

Additional dates can be made available on demand. Clarissa is also available to travel to your region to run training specific to your needs in your local area.

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$ 997
  • Two full day workshop
Limited time

Intro Collaborative Practice Training Price

$ 1147
  • Two full day workshop


Clarissa Rayward is a lawyer and business owner that is known for her innovative and energising presentation style.  Clarissa has trained hundreds of lawyers both in Australia and overseas in all aspects of running a modern law firm from pricing structures to wellness.  You can expect much learning along with a lot of fun** along the way (**aka there will probably be dancing…  Because what is a legal presentation without some dancing…)

Clarissa Rayward


Accredited Family Law Specialist, Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator

Director, Brisbane Family Lawyer Centre

Clarissa Rayward, is the Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and is also known as the ‘Happy Family Lawyer’. As a Divorce Lawyer, Clarissa specialises in helping separating families stay out of the Family Courts and stay friends as she believes that a divorce can be a positive end to a marriage.

Over the past 13 years Clarissa has worked as a specialist family lawyer and in that time, has helped over 2,000 Australian families through their divorce. That experience has only reinforced her belief that traditional legal processes do little to help separating families find a positive future after divorce.

Clarissa Rayward is a family lawyer, wife and mum who is passionate about relationships, people and family. Clarissa uses her industry knowledge and skill to change the way Australian families experience divorce and separation. Clarissa is the Author of the book Splitsville – How to separate, Stay out of Court and Stay Friends.  She is known as ‘The Happy Family Lawyer’ as she believes that your divorce can be something you can look back on with pride.

Program Outline

Day One 

9:00- 10:30 

Introduction to the Program

Theory and introduction to understanding Collaborative Practice

11:00- 1:00

Review and understanding of the core skills required of

Collaborative Professionals

Effective Communication Skills

Team Building Skills 

Negotiation theory with a focus on Interest Based Negotiation

2:00- 3:15

Understanding the differing models on collaborative practice and the roles and attributes of the key players;

  • Lawyers and the paradigm shift – what tools are required as a lawyer in Collaborative Practice
  • Clients – The skills required by your clients in Collaborative Practice
  • Mental Health Professionals 
  • Financial Neutrals
  • Other Experts

3:45- 5:00

The Collaborative Process Stage 1-

The first client interview

A Role play of the process and how it might differ from traditional interview methods

The Collaborative Process Stage 2- 

Preparation for your first Collaborative meeting 

The preparation that is required of the team, you and your client for your first Collaborative meeting

Day Two 

9:00- 10:30 

The Collaborative Process Stage 3- 

Role play the preparatory meetings required before your first team meeting

Theory and introduction to understanding Collaborative Practice

11:00- 1:00 

The Collaborative Process Stage 4

The First Collaborative meeting

A Role Play activity of the first full Collaborative meeting

The role of debriefing in the Collaborative Process – with professionals and clients

2:00- 3:15

The Collaborative Process Stage 5 & 6 

Further Collaborative meetings and Settlement

Understanding the process of additional collaborative meetings including preparation, format, timing and finalisation

Ethical Considerations

Common concerns and road blocks

Where do matters ‘go wrong ‘and how to get them back on track

Understanding when to ‘pull the plug’ and how to end a Collaborative matter

How to deliver legal advice during Collaborative matters

Common tips and tricks

3:45- 5:00

Where to from here? 

How to establish a successful Collaborative Practice

Marketing tips

Practice Groups

Attracting Collaborative Clients


Regular guest presenters often join me over the course of the training to help make more sense of this wonderful process we call ‘Collaborative Practice!’ I have the pleasure of working alongside a team of multifaceted professionals to assist in bringing holistic and human-centred services and outcomes to my clients. The presenters include: 

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John Thynne

Forensic Accountant, Accredited Business Valuation Specialist (CAANZ) & Director at Vincents Chartered Accountants

John’s primary area of practice is the provision of expert evidence into the family law arena. Since being Collaboratively trained in 2008, John has pursued an alternative approach to delivering expert evidence. He has undertaken additional Collaborative training in both Australia and in the United States, completing his national mediation accreditation and developing his experience in acting as financial neutral in the Collaborative process.

John is an experienced Collaborative trainer and among the busiest financial neutrals working in Collaborative practice in Queensland and New South Wales. He has developed significant expertise and customised tools to assist parties and practitioners in both the Collaborative process and in litigation matters.

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Lynda McKie

Senior Wealth Adviser at Elston

Lynda McKie is the founder of Family Law Specialist Services at Elston Private Wealth.  Working alongside leading Accredited Family Law Specialists, Lynda and her team offer expert financial planning advice on matters involving family businesses, corporate structures and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. This advice is designed to empower clients to negotiate with confidence, and become financially savvy and independent, post-divorce. Elston specialist advisers also deliver neutral advice to parties resolving their family law dispute via Collaborative Practice, Lynda and her team often appearing as guest contributors to Clarissa’s Introductory and Advanced Collaborative Practice training sessions. 

Through their work, Lynda and her team, have assisted business owners operating SME legal practices with their personal wealth planning. It’s not uncommon for busy professionals to put their own needs last. Elston provides advice on transforming cash flow into productive wealth to realise a prosperous and secure future.