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If youFor the time being training will remain online and this is the way 2022 is being planned.  If we can safely add in some in person training during the year then we will do so.  We haven’t forgotten that we had been talking about a retreat which we still want to do.  If you want to stay up to date with training

If you click on the links at the bottom of the page then you can sign up to our free mailing list.  This means you will get details of new training courses when they are announced and benefit from additional discounts.

These are the training events running in 2022

Understanding and managing high conflict clients for lawyers and mediators on 11th May 2022 from 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.

Have you found that clients seem to be more overwhelmed, less understanding and more demanding since the pandemic started?  Are you dealing with more clients who are also struggling with mental health issues?  Managing the implications of a global pandemic along side every day life has taken its toll on everyone – clients and practitioners alike.  Everyone seems less able to handle conflict but yet caught up in more conflict.  It’s a challenging time for those working to support clients who are separating.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Identify cases where two parties are creating high conflict or where it may only be one party that is creating the illusion that it’s two parties caught up in conflict
  • Understand why conflict occurs and how to spot the signs of a potentially high conflict case at the earliest point.  Louisa will share some understanding of reasons why conflict occurs and how you can have processes in place to deal with high conflict cases in the right way from the outset
  • Be aware of particular factors that can mean a case is perceived as high conflict – this may be where a client has some form of personality disorder – and where it is two parties caught up in high conflict for example where there is a gulf between the clients in the grieving process, where one or both clients may have under developed communication skills and other such situations.
  • Develop strategies to help you manage the conflict so you feel like you are being proactive rather than reactive.  This may involve particular ways of communicating or including additional outside support as a routine measure in some cases.
  • Maintain and enforce personal boundaries to reduce stress levels.  We all know high conflict cases can be draining for many practitioners and it is important to maintain an awareness of your own stress levels.
  • Think about what wellbeing means to you and how you might support and look after yourself more when dealing with high conflict clients

£149 if booked before 30th April 2022, £209 if booked after that.  This workshop should ideally be attended live but the recording will be provided afterwards to anyone who can’t attend live.

To book your place on this workshop please email Louisa

Growing your family mediation practice on Thursday 16th June at 10.00 a.m.

  • The three most important aspects of business growth: having a vision, having a clear plan and being authentic.
  • We’ll look at what your vision is and why it’s YOUR vision that is important and no one else’s.
  • We’ll talk about what it really means to be authentic and why it’s important.
  • We will also look at what are the fundamentals of a business plan.
  • We will also talk about marketing because if you don’t have a strategy to get the work in your business plan is just a dream.
  • I will also talk about fears and limiting beliefs because it may not be the lack of know how that’s holding you back.
  • Lastly, after the webinar I’ll send you a business plan and marketing plan template to get you started.

Those that have already attended this webinar have been kind enough to share the following feedback:

“I loved the format of the training, the inspirational quotes and personal anecdotes from Louisa. It felt nurturing rather than being lectured to which I particularly enjoyed. I cannot suggest anything to improve the training”.

“Louisa presents very articulately. My attention was held throughout. I appreciated the variety in the presentation – words, pictures, opportunity for own thinking and time to ask questions. There was thought-through, practical advice which made a lot of sense. It was really helpful to be able to learn from Louisa’s experience. It was motivational and inspiring. I would certainly recommend the course to anyone wanting to develop their mediation practice”.

£99 if booked before 30th April 2022, £149 if booked after that.  Anyone signed up will be sent the recording so you don’t have to attend live (but it’s best if you can).

To book your place on this workshop please email Louisa

Working with Highly Sensitive Clients Wednesday 6th July, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Between 15 and 20% of the population are highly sensitive with a further percentage being more sensitive.  Being highly sensitive means you can feel overwhelmed more easily.  You will have a nervous system that is more easily overstimulated by lights, noise, people and other stimulations.  You are usually more observant noticing far more nuances in things around you than those that are not sensitive.  You are also often prone to picking up other people’s emotions and being influenced by them so it can be very difficult for a highly sensitive person going through separation.

As their lawyer or mediator (or other professional supporting them) how can you support them in a way that will be most beneficial to them?

  • This starts with understanding what it means and feels like to be highly sensitive.  In the workshop we will look at common traits of highly sensitive people and how these manifest themselves in every day life – and in a separation.
  • We will look at important things that you will need to be aware of in supporting your clients.  This will include how to avoid them feeling overwhelmed and reducing the level of stimulus in the environment your client is coming into (your office, court building or other place).
  • Practical strategies will be shared to help you support your client – both for those clients who may be aware that they are highly sensitive and for clients who might not be
  • Finally we will look at what over outside support may be particularly beneficial for your client.

£149 if booked before 30th April 2022, £209 if booked after that.  This workshop needs to be attended live owing to the discussion element

To book your place on this workshop please email Louisa

Working in Family law for Highly Sensitive People on 30th March 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Have you ever been told you’re a bit too sensitive for working with those going through a separation?  Do you ever wonder if something is wrong with you because things seem to get to you at work in a way that they don’t seem to for your colleagues?  Have you been told you’re particularly sensitive in your life (this may have been a negative or a positive comment)?  In this workshop we will look at:

  • The main traits of a Highly Sensitive Person (sometimes called an empath)
  • How these can be your superpower and your Achilles heel.  You may find you are in tune in understanding clients and colleagues in a way that others aren’t but you may also find you tire easily and find yourself feeling run down and getting ill or exhausted.
  • Boundaries for you and how you might implement these in a kind but firm way.  These might be physical in terms of time and space but they may also be energetic in learning how to deal with negativity around you which may particularly affect you.
  • Things can you do if you’d like to embrace your sensitivity further rather than trying to hide it or overcome it.
  • Practical strategies to assist you in managing a job that is often demanding and upsetting in a way that does not deplete you.
  • This will be an interactive workshop with some time for learning, some time for reflection and some time for discussions.

£149 if booked before 28th February 2022, £209 if booked after that.  This workshop needs to be attended live owing to the discussion element

To book your place on this workshop please email Louisa

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