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Trainer: Adele Ballantyne

This one day training course by Adele Ballantyne explores the insights from relationship psychology, for family lawyers and other professionals into divorce and separation. Both in terms of how divorce and separation impacts on clients and on family professionals themselves.

22 May 2020 – London

Course aims

  • To train family solicitors and other family professionals about the process of separation and divorce from a relationship psychology view in order that they might enhance their service to their clients
  • To facilitate understanding of ‘Children in the Middle’ concept
  • Make family solicitors aware of the impact of communication both verbal and non-verbal and how it can impact on meetings and affect outcomes

Workshop suitable for:

  • Family solicitors and legal executives
  • Barristers
  • Judges
  • Magistrates
  • Mediators

Section One – Understanding

  • Delegates gain understanding into what’s going on ‘now’ emotionally as their clients are in the process of separation and divorce
  • Examine the physical, psychological and behavioural aspects of this process and how it can impact on the legal proceedings
  • Explore loss and how this can delay the process
  • Understand the concept of ‘children in the middle’ and how their clients can create this advertently and inadvertently
  • Delegates gain insight into ‘what children need’ at this time

Section Two – Communication

  • Examine delegates communication techniques
  • Explore how this might be impact on the legal process
  • How they might be ‘unknowingly’ influencing client behaviour
  • Understand passive, aggressive and assertive behaviour
  • Discover mirroring and triggers and learn skills for identifying and coping with them when they occur

Section Three – Support and Self Care

  • Making things different for clients and self
  • The work of the family consultant, how they can help with ‘difficult’ clients and cases
  • ‘Downloading’ who do you get to talk to?
  • Stress and coping mechanisms

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