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Interdisciplinary collaborative practice training – 3 day course

Course ID CN230311_PSK1

  • Face to Face
  • 21
  • Intermediate

Enhance your career by attaining the skills to participate in the resolution of disputes using the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (ICP) model as either a lawyer, coach or expert consultant.

ICP is a proven method of alternative dispute resolution that emphasises a team-based holistic approach to managing family breakdown and resolving disputes in the context of family law and other areas like Wills and Estates. The model elevates principled negotiation through a structured collaborative process as an alternative to adversarial bargaining through the prism of actual or potential litigation.

This 3-day course consists of:

Introductory training

  • Day 1 - Thursday, 16 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Day 2 - Friday, 17 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm

In-practicum – To sharpen your collaborative practice skills

  • Day 3 - Friday, 24 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Day 3 balances theory and practical exercises to give you the confidence to assess when the collaborative practice approach is appropriate to resolve a dispute and to apply it for the benefit of the parties.

If you only wish to complete the 2-day introductory training at this time, please click here to register for the 2-day course.

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the ICP approach, the key roles, the participation agreement and ground rules
  • Learn how to screen for whether ICP is appropriate in the circumstances of a dispute
  • Understand how to facilitate interest-based, principled negotiations at 5-way and 3-way meetings and manage team dynamics
  • Analyse scenarios and practice applying the ICP model and skills via practical exercises
  • Practice methods for overcoming impasses
  • Understand how to approach issues of confidentiality and professional ethics
  • Meet the eligibility training requirements to apply for membership of Collaborative Professionals NSW and the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals and
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion.


Full Price $1750.00

Alumni/Member Price $1575.00


Start date:

16 March 2023

End date:

24 March 2023


9.00am AEDT - 5.00pm


College of Law
Level 4, 570 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000



The ICP training course is conducted over three days on a face-to-face basis at the College of Law’s Sydney campus and is ideal for:

  • Legal practitioners, especially in Family Law, Wills and Estates practice and/or commercial dispute resolution
  • Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners and NMAS accredited mediators
  • Financial professionals including accountants and advisors
  • Psychologists, counsellors and social workers
  • Professionals looking to become Collaborative Coaches or Associate Coaches, subject to eligibility requirements.

Our expert facilitators include leading Collaborative Practitioners:

  • David Roberts, Mediator, FDRP, Counsellor and Collaborative Practitioner Coach
  • Jackie Jones, Collaborative Family Law Practitioner and Accredited Family Law Specialist
  • Nigel Nicholls, Collaborative Family Law Practitioner



Day 1 - Thursday, 16 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Topic 1: What is Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (ICP)?

Topic 2: Bringing yourself to the work

  • Skills, values, attributes of various professions

Topic 3: Working in Teams

  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • Effective communication
  • Neurobiology

Topic 4: Case Study – Paradigm shift

  • Collaborative framework
  • Interest based model - developing interests for parties

Topic 5: The Collaborative Team

  • Coach, Child Consultant, Financial Neutral, Lawyer
  • Ethical and confidential challenges


Day 2 - Friday, 17 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Topic 1: Suitability for ICP

Topic 2: Engaging the client in ICP

Topic 3: Starting ICP

  • The Participation Agreement – what is it?
  • Ground Rules – why is this necessary?
  • Agenda – what does this include?
  • 1st and subsequent meetings and Minutes
  • Connecting options with parties interests

Topic 4: Completing the process – or not

  • How is a matter is finalised?
  • What if the process falls over?

Topic 5: The value of Practice Groups, CP organisations


Day 3 - Friday, 24 March 2023, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Review of ICP structure

Topic 2: Putting learning into practice – Case Study

  • Being part of an ICP team
  • Active participant in 1st 5 way and subsequent meetings on interests and options

Topic 3: Starting ICP

  • Challenges of client driven outcomes
  • Working with the team
  • Connecting options with interests

Topic 4: Team Dynamics

  • Triangulation



Morning tea and afternoon tea are provided on each day of the course.


Designed For

This is a NSW based course designed for experienced family lawyers, wills and estates Lawyers, commercial and civil dispute lawyers; FDRPs; NMAS Mediators, accountants, financial advisors, psychologists, psychiatrists counsellors, social workers



If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.


Mandatories Covered

Professional Skills

Ethics and professional responsibility


Presenter biography

David Roberts
David Roberts
Mediator, FDRP, Counsellor and Collaborative Practitioner Coach

David Roberts has 20 years of experience in the family law sector, working first in the not-for-profit organisations CatholicCare and Relationships Australia before establishing his own private practice. He has presented on Collaborative Practice at numerous national conferences and is an occasional lecturer at UTS.

As a nationally accredited mediator, qualified family dispute resolution practitioner, counsellor, child consultant, David offers a unique set of skills to his clients and those he teaches. As a divorce coach his extensive experience in family law and counselling assists clients as they navigate through the legal process.

David’s extensive experience in collaborative practice and teaching the collaborative approach ideally places him to assist those who are new to this form of dispute resolution to succeed. 

David is a member of the Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals; the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Resolution Institute.


Jackie Jones
Jackie Jones
Collaborative Family Law Practitioner and Accredited Family Law Specialist

Jackie Jones completed a BEc LLB at Macquarie University and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia in 1983. In 1994 Jackie achieved accreditation as a family law specialist from the Law Society of New South Wales. Since 2013 Jackie has been a member of the NSW Law Society Family Law Accreditation Committee. She has completed the Arbitration Course at Bond University and Collaborative Law training at UTS Sydney.

During her career, Jackie has primarily been involved in 'family' matters. Jackie has been responsible for a number of reported decisions in the Family Court of Australia and had carriage of a matter determined by the High Court of Australia, establishing legal principle on solicitors duty to third parties. Since 2011 Jackie has exclusively practiced in the dispute resolution process, ‘collaborative practice’.

In 2011 Jackie commenced as a ‘clinical practitioner’ at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Law. She has received the following recognitions for her excellence in teaching: a ‘Learning and Teaching Citation’ from the University: the ‘Teaching Award’ from the Faculty of Law presented to a staff member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning. In addition to teaching in the ‘Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Practice’, Jackie has taught in ‘Family Dispute Resolution’, ‘Collaborative Law’ and ‘Family Law’. Jackie holds the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning from UTS. She is a co-author of ‘The University teaching of family law’ (2022) 35 Australian Journal of Family Law 68. 

Jackie applied her teaching skill and legal experience in her collaboration with Nigel Nicholls and David Roberts in developing and presenting training for professionals in the interdisciplinary dispute resolution process, 'collaborative practice'. Jackie is a member of the Law Society of NSW, Law Council of Australia and Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals. She was previously on the Board of Collaborative Professionals NSW and an inaugural member of Central Sydney Collaborative Forum.


Nigel Nicholls
Nigel Nicholls
Collaborative Family Law Practitioner

Nigel Nicholls is one of New South Wales’ leading family lawyers and collaborative family law practitioners. Nigel’s practice has focused on larger and complex privately funded property and children’s applications before the Family Court of Australia, including matters involving complex structures and international family law practice.

He is one of the few Australian family lawyers to have gained extensive experience practising in both Australia and England. While in the UK, Nigel trained in and practised collaborative family law, becoming probably the first Australian solicitor to use this innovative style of dispute resolution. A pioneer and leader in Collaborative Family Law, Nigel was previously the convenor of the Central Sydney Collaborative Forum and continues to train new lawyers in interdisciplinary collaborative practice. Nigel is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and was a member of the Law Council’s Collaborative Law Committee. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practice (IACP) and was previously a member of IACP’s Australia and South East Asia Committee.

Nigel is also a former Registrar and Mediator of the Family Court and the immediate past president of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He co-founded Blanchfield Nicholls in 2007 and retired as Principal in March 2022. He is an active contributor to legal education at UTS and the College of Law and has been recognised as a leading Family Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide year on year.


Filming and Photography

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