🖤  6 Weeks of interactive webinars

 🖤  Workbooks, reading materials

🖤  Peer reviewed role plays

🖤  Private Facebook group

🖤  Access to experts in the field





🖤  6 Weeks of interactive webinars

🖤 Workbooks, Reading Materials

🖤  Peer reviewed role plays

🖤  Private Facebook group

🖤  Access to experts in the field

Shelby Timmins

Before stepping away from traditional legal practice, I was an Accredited Specialist in Family Law.

I have over 18 years of family law experience, much of this at one of Sydney's most respected family law firms. Realising I wanted to practise outside of court and in a more family friendly way, I stepped away from practising law and established a boutique dispute resolution business, Divorce | Done | Differently.

I hold a Masters of Law from the University of Sydney, I am a Nationally Accredited Mediator, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Divorce and Conflict Coach, Parenting Coordinator and Collaborative Professional.

I am now a faculty member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Vice President of the Collaborative Professionals NSW and founder and President of Southern Sydney Collaborative Professionals.

Watch this space as I am currently writing a divorce book for children, everything they want to know about their parents' divorce but are too afraid to ask.

Aka The Happy Family Lawyer  

The inspiration behind getting many professionals to believe in themselves and back their creative ideas. When I queried (for a moment or three) whether I should put this course together, she backed me every step of the way. 

Clarissa Rayward is a collaborative family lawyer who is passionate about relationships, people and family. She is using her industry knowledge and skill to change the way Australian families experience divorce and separation. She’s multi talented having written a book, a podcast, training programs and mentoring. She also loves colour and sparkle! You will meet Clarissa in weeks 1 & 6 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here. 

Educator | Mediator | Innovator and all round amazing human. 

Jacinta Gallant is a respected Canadian collaborative lawyer, conflict trainer, mediator and innovator in her field. She is recognised internationally for her insightful and experiential approach to teaching and managing conflict, and has been welcomed as a trainer throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. We’re pretty lucky to have her on board. You will meet Jacinta in week 5 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here 

Family Mediator | Collaborative Specialist and an incredibly talented and supportive soul. 

Julia was one of the first of my colleagues to get behind this course and I will be forever grateful. Julia is also a talented powerhouse, having combined an international career in the corporate sector with further studies in dispute resolution, psychology and child development. She is also a registered FDRP and relationship counsellor with many years experience working with families going through separation and divorce and as a trainer running seminars and workshops. You will meet Julia in week 2 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here 

FDRP | NMAS | COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL (and a bit of a collaborative superstar).

I am incredibly fortunate to share the teaching of this course with quite a few of the guru’s in collaborative practice and Bernie is certainly one of them.  In my very early days of mediating, I was fortunate to be invited to co-mediate with Bernie and the rest is history. Bernie’s background is varied and incredibly skilled. Bernie has a Bachelor with Honours Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Bernie and I share the position of Vice President of Collaborative Professionals NSW and I can only hope you learn as much from Bernie as I have and that her Irish accept makes you smile. You will meet Bernie in week 3 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here.


Valerie is know for her incredible knowledge and style and with a combined background in psychology, interpersonal communication and business experience, you can see why. Valerie’s desire to help people in crisis, has led her to work as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP) and collaborative coach for people who are separating. When Valerie isn’t working with families to resolve conflict in a calm and caring way, you will find her sharing her knowldege with students in her role coaching and assessing candidates for National Mediator accreditation at the College of Law and Relationships Australia. Prior to this she managed complex cases as a FDRP at Relationships Australia. I told you she was a powerhouse. Valerie is also on the  Board of Collaborative Professionals NSW along with many of your guest presenters and brings a world of knowledge and experience to this course. You will meet Valerie in week 3 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here.

CHILD CONSULTANT | FDRP | NMAS | COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL AND absolute guru when it comes to child inclusive practice.

Bianca has been helping families through crisis and change for almost 25 years. She specialises in family dispute resolution, collaborative coaching, child consultation, clinical supervision, and mediating complex cases including those involving mental health issues and family violence. Currently, Bianca leads and supervises a team of FDRP's at a Family Relationship Centre in Sydney. Bianca holds a depth of knowledge when it comes to child inclusive practice that is difficult to surpass.  Over her career Bianca has worked with hundreds of families going through separation and divorce, and has a wealth of experience mediating with parents and children experiencing relationship change. You will meet Bianca in week 4 but in the meantime, you can learn all about her here.

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