Join us for this unique opportunity for professional
development on beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals
August 7 – 13, 2017
In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
August 7 - 8, 2017
Curiosity, Balance and the Money Gene

With Jacinta Gallant, Barbara Kelly and Gaylene Stingl

Our interdisciplinary training team will offer advanced training from a “lessons learned” perspective! Professionals and clients in the collaborative process bring their own histories, perspectives and emotions about money. The “money conversations” are often very difficult and full of emotion.

This workshop will help participants better understand how emotions and perspectives tied to “money” impact the clients, the team and the entire collaborative process. An interdisciplinary case study will provide the foundation for participants to identify and work with the emotions and obstacles that tend to show up around the financial aspects of the case, manage the "push/pull" of advocacy and understand the fluidity of professional roles in addressing money issues.

Interactive exercises will challenge participants' thinking about how “teamwork” works with challenging money issues, how our respective roles fulfill different and similar needs for the parties, and how personal and team reflection is important in moving cases forward. This workshop will help you maximize the positive effects of neutrality, cultivate curiosity in challenging conversations, and gain insight into the many different “money genes” inhabiting our clients and team members.

August 11 - 13, 2017
Trainers Retreat: Transforming Conflict Through Insight
An Advanced Workshop for Collaborative Trainers (SOLD OUT)

With Dr. Cheryl Picard and Harmony Wagner, facilitated by Jacinta Gallant

In this 2 ½ day Retreat for Trainers in Collaborative Practice, we will be challenged to look deeply at the way we currently define and intervene in conflict. A combination of experiential teaching from a conflict expert, peer-led discussions, Tai Chi tactics and lots of time for socializing and reflection, this Retreat is a wonderful opportunity for Trainers to be Learners in a supportive and challenging environment.

1. The Insight Approach to Conflict: On the afternoon of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2 , we will learn about a new approach to conflict and conflict intervention, led by Dr. Cheryl Picard - an internationally renowned author, researcher, mediator and founder of the “Insight Approach to Conflict”. The Insight approach views human behaviour as fundamentally relational – and conflict as arising from responses to parties’ interpretations of everyday interactions, which are affected by embedded and dynamic social relations. In this approach, conflict is understood as an interpretation of threat to what deeply matters causing ongoing defend patterns of interaction that block productive problem-solving. By focusing on the threats that cause people to defend, collaborative practitioners are provided with a framework to understand what generates, escalates and sustains conflicts so they can work with parties to bring about learning and change.

In this highly interactive and experiential workshop, Trainers will discover new ways to view our role as conflict interveners and learn new skills and strategies to help us empower parties to change their defend patterns of interaction, facilitate new learning and enhance the parties’ abilities to make good decisions in the collaborative process.

2. Getting to Flow: Harmony Wagner will join the Trainers Retreat on our first and last mornings to bring a Tai Chi understanding to the anatomy of conflict and offer practical tools to improve listening skills, neutralize aggression and facilitate dialogue. Harmony will teach us Getting to Flow - Tai Chi Tactics for Better Communication, applying basic Tai Chi principles to the communication process. Through movement and dialogue, we will experience a different way to keep conversations moving forward between opposing forces. Working from the tenet that continuous flow is the basis of fruitful negotiation and the resolution of disputes, participants will gain new techniques to reduce stress, enhance perceptions and manifest outcomes when communication has become stuck. Using practical methods drawn from the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, this workshop introduces a new approach to establishing and maintaining the connections required to harmonize a situation and collaborate.

3. Unstructured Time for Learning, Connecting and Resting: Outside of the Insight and Tai Chi training, we will have peer-led discussions on collaborative practice and training topics, eat delicious food and socialize together, and take time for personal reflection and rest.

Meet Our Summer Sessions Trainers

Dr. Cheryl Picard
Conflict and Mediation Specialist, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Cheryl Picard, professor emeritus Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, is an educator, author, mediator, conflict specialist and coach. After retiring from Carleton in 2013, she returned to Prince Edward Island and now offers conflict services through Cheryl Picard & Associates. In addition to being a faculty member at Carleton, Dr. Picard taught courses at Columbia University; George Mason University; the Law University of Lithuania in Vilnius; Royal Roads University, and the University of Winnipeg. Over her almost 40 year career, she helped to establish university, community, school, restorative justice, church, and workplace conflict resolution and mediation programs in Canada, Cuba, Bermuda, and Trinidad and Tobago. Cheryl is the author of four books, the most recent, “Practicing Insight Mediation”, focuses on the skills of mediation and conflict resolution using the insight approach to conflict, which she co-founded in 2001. Dr. Picard was recognized by Family Mediation Canada with the FAMMA Award for exceptional contributions to the field, and the by Canadian Department of Peace Initiative for long-standing peace work.

Harmony Wagner, R. Ac.
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Harmony Wagner R.Ac, is a certified instructor with the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. With years of experience facilitating groups, Harmony has taught Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) across North America and in Asia. She runs a TCM clinical practice and Marram School of Internal Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Harmony has developed the FLOW Method drawn from the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, which introduces a new approach to establishing and maintaining the connections required to harmonize stress and collaborate.

Jacinta Gallant
Collaborative Lawyer and Trainer, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Jacinta is the host of the annual Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals. She 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.

Gaylene A. Stingl, MST, CPA, CVA
Collaborative Financial Specialist and Trainer – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Gaylene is an international speaker and trainer for such audiences as the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, various European collaborative conferences, NBI tax seminars and other professional groups, presenting on tax, valuation and dispute resolution. She has delivered interdisciplinary collaborative practice training throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and is known as an insightful and effective trainer. Gaylene has over 20 years of CPA experience working in collaborative practice, litigation support, and forensic and business valuation.

Barbara E. Kelly, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Collaborative Trainer, Maitland, Florida, USA

Barbara is a licensed psychologist and certified family mediator in Maitland, Florida. She has presented interdisciplinary collaborative practice training in her state and at national and international events. This is her second season with Summer Sessions. Barbara is a current board member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a founding board member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. She is in private practice providing clinical and collaborative psychological services including parenting coordination, family mediation and psychotherapy.

Register Now

To register for our Summer Sessions, submit the form below and we will contact you to confirm and process payment. Cost for each training event is $700.00 (Residents of Canada - add 15% HST). Payment is due by May 15, 2017.
Cancellation with full refund is available until May 15, 2017. After May 15, 2017 there will be no refund of registration fees, but we will do our best to accommodate you in a future Summer Sessions at a discounted rate.

Curiosity, Balance and the Money Gene: Please book your own accommodation and let us know if you need help choosing from the many options available! Charlottetown is a very pretty, walkable city and there are many inns, B&B, and hotel options within walking distance to the training venue at The Haviland Club.
Trainers Retreat: Participants may choose to stay together at a shared cost in the Park Corner/French River area of Prince Edward Island. If you choose to book your own accommodation, that’s ok, too! We will be in touch about accommodations once we receive your registration.


  $700.00 - Curiosity, Neutrality and the Money Gene August 7-8
  $700.00 - Trainers Retreat August 11-13 (SOLD OUT)
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Thank you for your interest in our Summer Sessions for Collaborative Professionals.
We look forward to receiving your registration.