Introduction to
Collaborative Practice Online Training

6 weeks designed to get you implementing a bespoke legal process that provides value to clients & professionals beyond what any other family law process can provide.

Next Launch - Friday 19 July 2024

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 6 week online program 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.

In this 6 week program we will cover-

  • Lesson 1—   What is collaborative practice, what are the skills and who are the key players.
  • Lesson 2—   First client interview and how to prepare for your first collaborative meeting.
  • Lesson 3   The meetings: what are they, what is required and when do they need to take place. 
  • Lesson 4—   The first collaborative meeting: how to debrief with professionals and clients.  
  • Lesson 5—    Further collaborative meetings and settlements: preparation, format, timing and finalisation. 
  • Lesson 6—   Where to from here: establishing a successful collaborative practice.

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. 

LIVE Masterclass schedule-

There will be 7 online LIVE Masterclasses throughout the 6 week program. 

Week 1 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 19 July 2024
Week 2
8am-9:30am AEST Friday 26 July 2024
Week 3 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 2 August 2024
Week 4 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 9 August 2024
Week 5 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 16 August 2024
Week 6 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 23 August 2024
Wrap Up 8am-9:30am AEST Friday 30 August 2024

If for whatever reason you cannot make a Masterclass, fear not as these are all recorded and made available to participants.


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The program is broken down into following hours-


Next Launch Friday 19 July 2024!

This 6 week program is completely online so you can join no matter where you are thanks to 'Technology!'

6 Week Online Program Price

$ 1147
  • 6 week online program with dedicated worksheets
  • Weekly masterclasses via zoom
  • Online focus group


Clarissa Rayward is a lawyer and business owner who 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…)


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 15 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.


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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Shelby Timmins

Mediator, Family Dispute Practitioner, Divorce Coach & Director at Divorce Done Differently

Shelby is doing law differently. Before stepping away from a traditional legal practice, she was an Accredited Family Law Specialist. 

Shelby holds a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney, is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Conflict Coach, Parenting Coordinator, Collaborative Professional and Doyles 2019 and 2020 recommended mediator. 

Shelby is a training faculty member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Co-Vice President of Collaborative Professionals (NSW) Inc and President of Southern Sydney Collaborative Professionals. 

Shelby has over 18 years experience as a family lawyer and spent much of this at one of Sydney’s most respected specialists family law firms. Shelby is now an author and regular presenter in the area of family dispute resolution and interdisciplinary collaborative practice. 

Shelby is passionate about doing things differently in the family law space and is determined to get parties, their lawyers and other professionals to look at separation, divorce and the breakdown of families in a more respectful and future focused way. 

With this in mind, Shelby stepped aside from practising law and established a boutique family law dispute resolution practice which specialises in mediation, interdisciplinary collaborative practice, conflict coaching, separation and divorce support  and family law wellness workshops. 

Her business is called DIVORCE DONE DIFFERENTLY.

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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.