Jacinta Gallant is a collaborative lawyer, mediator, trainer and presenter in
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Event Details

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice

2-Day Training in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Closed for Registration

Halifax Central Library, Creative Lab, Halifax, Nova Scotia

About This Event

In the Collaborative process, lawyers act as advocates and advisors while facilitating an interest-based negotiation. The Collaborative lawyers work on a team with other collaboratively trained experts in the field of mental health, finance and child psychology.  The Participation Agreement is expanded to include the participation of all or some of these experts, depending on the nature of the dispute and the needs of the parties. 

This training will teach you the process and touch on the skills required to work in Collaborative Practice.

The Lawyer Role:  The lawyers remain the main facilitators of the negotiation towards a legal settlement.  However, the other professionals on the team play an important role in helping the client’s achieve settlement.  

The Family Professional Role:  The family professional in a Collaborative case is a registered mental health practitioner who helps the parties deal with the emotions that underlie the separation process and understand the impact each party has on the other so that more constructive communication can take place.  This allows for a more productive and focused negotiation and helps parties move on with their lives in a more positive manner.  The family professional has the parties’ consent to provide input to the other members of the interdisciplinary team.  In some cases, the family professional meets with the parties alone and brings feedback to the lawyers. In other cases, the family professional participates with the parties and the other Collaborative professionals (lawyers and financial professionals) meetings.  Where there is one family professional acting in a neutral role, the family professional facilitates the meetings and, together with the other professionals, helps the clients focus on understanding and meeting their interests.

The Child Specialist may become involved when parties are finding it hard to make parenting decisions.  The Child Specialist is a neutral professional who gives voice to the children’s interests and helps the parents develop a workable parenting plan that addresses these interests.  The Child Specialist works with the parents and the Family Professional to create a parenting plan and is integrated with the whole team to provide input into the negotiation, as appropriate.

The Financial Specialist is a neutral expert retained by the parties to: 

  • present financial information in an unbiased manner;
  • assist in gathering financial data and help facilitate full disclosure;
  • provide balanced perspective on financial issues;
  • develop realistic budgets and projections;
  • examine tax implications; and
  • show long-term consequences of the settlement options.

The Financial Specialist will usually meet with both parties together, though it is perfectly acceptable to meet with each separately.  Their neutral role is clearly established in the Participation Agreement. They help clients focus on what can be achieved and creative options for settlement.

While the lawyers handle the negotiation which leads to the final, legal settlement, the involvement of the other professionals completes the interdisciplinary process and assists the parties in reaching more creative and lasting solutions.  It also tends to save money, as each professional is working with his or her strongest skill-set to help the separating couple move forward in the negotiation.

Collaborative Law Practice is growing internationally, with practice groups in every province of Canada and state of the USA.  There are groups in Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals is the international body promoting Collaborative practice.  www.collaborativepractice.com


Event Cost

$500.00 CAD

Plus tax for Canadian Residents

Event Program

September 18 and 28, 2017

9:00 a.m. TO 4:30 p.m.

Halifax Central Library

Creative Lab

Meet The Trainers

Jacinta Gallant Collaborative Lawyer, Trainer and Mediator

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Jacinta is a collaborative lawyer, mediator and trainer living in Prince Edward island, Canada. “Never cut what can be untied” is the inspiration for Jacinta’s work, and “untangling knots” has been the focus of Jacinta’s highly successful collaborative and mediation practice. Jacinta is an engaging and energetic trainer in the local, national and international Collaborative Practice community. She loves the challenge of working with experienced professionals who want to deepen their skills to be more natural and authentic in practice. With a great sense of humour and a highly interactive presentation, Jacinta offers collaborative training that will help you transform your practice.