CPT News | September 22, 2014

Message From The Chair Of CPT – Nicola Savin (Sept. 15th, 2014)

I hope you all have an opportunity this summer to have an adventure, travel or just spend some time with family and friends and recharge your batteries.  The work family professionals do is important to our communities but it is also important to remember that we are better at our job when we also take care of ourselves. For those of you who know me, you are probably wondering why I don’t always practice what I preach; let’s just say, I’m working on it.

New Members
I would like to welcome the following new members who have joined CPT in the past few months:

  • Ravital Khardas
  • Jason Kwiakowski
  • Giuditta Gareri
  • Tracey Hardie
  • Shalom Wise
  • Robert Shawyer
  • Anthony Martin
  • Caroline Felstiner
  • Jennifer Long
  • Brian Galbraith
  • Lynn Kirwin
  • Mervyn White
  • Joelle Adelson
  • William Doran

I encourage you to reach out to these new members and put them on your referral list. I also hope to welcome them personally at the next dinner meeting on September 29th (for details, see below).

Here are a few things your CPT board and committee members are working on:

Updating The Participation Agreement
Deborah Graham and I are revising and updating the standard Participation Agreement that is currently on CPT’s website. The new version will be available on CPT’s website later this year. We invite anyone in CPT who would like to be part of this working group to email me by September 20th at savin@bslsc.com.

Social Media Training
The website committee has arranged for our new website designer, Stephen Megitt, the Director of Filament Creative, to host a social media training session for CPT members via conference call. For those members who have an interest in such matters and would like to learn how to coordinate your social media presence with CPT’s website, blog, and Twitter account please email me at savin@bslsc.com and I will arrange a date for the conference call.

Please follow CPT on Twitter @CollaborativeTO

New CPT Bylaws
The Governance Committee has drafted new bylaws that incorporate the recommendations of the members who attended the retreat held in November of 2013. Specifically, they provide for term limits for all board members and create the position of Past Chair to improve continuity. You will be receiving by email the proposed new bylaws in the fall for your review as well as a notice of when the meeting will be held to vote on their approval.

SickKids Foundation (Hospital for Sick Children) Benefit
The Professional Outreach Committee (POC) is continuing to work hard planning the Benefit that CPT will be hosting to raise money for the SickKids Foundation (Hospital for Sick Children). The Benefit will be a passed hors d’oeuvre type dinner along with an “Art Battle” at which CPT members and other professionals (doctors, psychologists, dentists, accountants, etc) outside of collaborative practice can meet and network. If you are interested in more information and might be able to help with this wonderful project, please contact the co-chair of the POC, Barbara Gordon, at barb@barbaragordon.ca.

Split – The Movie
The Public Awareness Committee is working on producing a short clip for CPT using footage from the movie Split. The clip would be used in Famous Players Theatres, tower elevator monitors and fitness clubs.


CPT Dinner Meetings & Training Opportunities

Launching Your Collaborative Practice – October 10th, 2014
Deborah Graham and Cori Kalinowski are hosting the next installment of their hugely successful lunch series on October 10th. At these lunchtime gatherings they will provide practice tips on how to build and maintain your collaborative practice. In September they will be focusing on marketing and strategic planning and building your online presence. For more information on registering for these free seminars please click here.

CPT Dinner Meeting on Monday September 29, 2014 5:30 p.m. at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club,
Your client wants to use the Collaborative Process to resolve his or her separation issues but they do not think their spouse will agree to it or they do not know how to propose this process choice to them. Come and hear about a new and innovative approach to this problem. Dr. Brett Degoldi BSC (Hons), LLB, LLM, PhD (Psych), founder of The Family Law Pathways Centre, will tell us about his new service for providing information to separating couples in a neutral environment and how this can assist you in building your collaborative practice.

Eventbrite - Autumn BBQ and Dinner Presentation

Or, see more details on the CPT website

OCLF Presents Collaborative Protocols Training – October 2, 2014
When I attended the last OCLF conference in Kingston I attended a half-day seminar on Collaborative Protocols. It was an excellent training and one I would recommend regardless of your level of expertise in collaborative practice. For more information click here.

Level 1 and Level 2 CP Training
We are fortunate that there are a number of trainers who are currently advertising Level 1 and 2 trainings. If you know someone who wants to be or should be a Collaborative Practice Professional, please direct them to the Events & Workshops section of the CPT website. You can find it here.

Save the Date
On November 21, 2014 Lisa Herrick, Ph. D. and Kate Scarf will be in Toronto and will run a full day training in Toronto. Lisa and Kate are mental health professionals who practice in Washington DC. They will be speaking about mastering the “landmine moments” in collaborative practice. Registration details will follow shortly.

New Members’ Night Out will be on November 13th, for CPT members who have joined in the past 5 years. More information to follow.

Join us on December 11, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club for a holiday social and enjoy drinks, great food and the company of new and old friends and colleagues.


Family Dispute Resolution Institute Of Ontario (“FDRIO”)
FDRIO is a recently incorporated organization founded by Hilary Linton, Rick Shields, Thomas Dart and Dr. Barbara Landau. Its goal is to bring together those professionals (collaborative practitioners, mediators, parenting coordinators etc.) who seek to assist families to reduce and manage conflict that arises from their separation. FDRIO plans to operate in six key areas:

  • Create Membership Requirements
  • Create Standards of Practice, Codes of Conduct, Codes of Ethics
  • Create and Administer Professional Designations
  • Provide Services for Members
  • Provide Information to the Public and
  • Provide Advocacy, Education and Marketing

I was invited to attend the inaugural meeting on June 10, 2014. I also attended a meeting in August on behalf of CPT between FDRIO founder, Rick Shields and a group of collaborative professionals and will continue to attend the working group collaborative meetings throughout the year to ensure that the interests of collaborative professionals are considered. I will continue to report back to you on this new initiative as it develops.

I believe it is important for dispute resolution professionals to have a united voice when lobbying the government. There is also much that can be gained from joining forces with other DR professionals when it comes to training, conferences, coordinating continuing education and standards as well as sharing administrative costs. In addition, it is hoped that the formation of one large organization that represents the interests of many different dispute resolution professionals will reduce the need to join multiple organizations and therefore reduce the total amount paid for membership fees. The structure of this organization is still being developed and it is far too early in the process to tell what it will look like or even if the other groups like the OAFM, will participate but those involved hope progress can be made with continued dialogue and consultation.


CPT Brochures & Marketing Kits
Thanks to the hard work of the Professional Outreach committee we have new brochures and marketing kits available. They are a great resource to give to clients. Your clients can pass them on to their spouse so they can consider using the collaborative process and you can send them to potential referral sources.

Members who attend any dinner meeting this year will be given 20 brochures for free. They are also available for purchase for $10.00 plus H.S.T. for 100 brochures plus shipping if you are unable to pick them up at a dinner meeting.

The marketing kits are available for purchase at the dinner meetings as well for the low price of $20.00 for 10 kits. The content of the marketing kit is also available to be printed off our website here.

Thanks to all the committee members and the Chairs of the committees for your enthusiasm and the generous donation of your time to CPT. It is a privilege to work with you.

I look forward to seeing you at the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club at the next dinner event to be held on Monday September 29th. If you have not already registered please visit the link below to do so.

Eventbrite - Autumn BBQ and Dinner Presentation

Or, see more details on the CPT website

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