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The workshop is designed to introduce and demonstrate the value of psychologically-based supervision for family lawyers. The structure will aim to reflect the ethos of supervision, meeting the curiosities and particular needs of delegates as they emerge. The style will thus be responsive rather than prescriptive. Following an initial discussion, two main experiential tools will be used to facilitate exploration. 
The day will start with an introduction to the history and development of supervision and its theoretical underpinnings, showing how the psychological concepts of splitting and projecting, parallel process and secondary traumatisation relate to stress and burnout symptoms as suffered by professionals working directly with emotional crisis or disturbance. 
The morning session will be structured to involve the full group working together as I offer brief (10-15 min) supervision sessions to individual volunteers who are then provided with added support from the rest of the group. The afternoon session will move into examining and experimenting with a 30-minute group supervision model which the delegates will divide into two or three smaller groups to practice. 
The day will end with a group reflection on what has been learned and on what delegates may wish to gain further training/experience in, and/or on how they might think of applying their learning directly to their working environment. 

Speaker - Chris Mills 

Chris is a psychotherapist, family consultant and supervisor. He believes that knowledge of what contributes to healthy and conscious relating provides the bedrock for excellence and success in the work of family law. The traditional lawyer/client model highlights the professionals’ role as expert, doing something to or for the clients and/or their children. For the field of ADR practice, where the locus of responsibility is more balanced and shared, he is keen to widen this focus to include relationships between the professionals, the central importance of which has been overlooked. 

Who is this training relevant for / Who should attend? 

The course is suitable for all Family Law professionals. 


Key learning objectives 

Key learning points 

that needing help in dealing with the emotional complexities of work is not weakness or failure; 
that our feelings of shame/failure/inadequacy around clients/cases provide a form of direct dynamic information that can help us understand those cases better and so help us provide a better service; 
that the quality of relationship we build with clients is a more central determinant of success than anything else; 
that a supervision culture greatly contributes to self-awareness, high quality communication and sustained emotional health. 

By the end of the course you will be able to... 

stay more effectively alongside your clients when their beliefs/behaviour appear contradictory or irrational; 
work less defensively and with greater patience and tolerance; 
be clearer with yourself and your clients about where your responsibilities begin and end; 
understand that the more you hide what’s really going on inside you, the more your clients will hide what’s really going on inside them; 
be less anxious about needing to be the expert who knows; 
regard stress symptoms as something to be talked about rather than hidden; 
manage clients’ expectations and your own expectations with greater insight and a more confident authority; 
be less judgmental of yourself, your clients and your colleagues. 

Event Pricing 

This event consists of a single one day course across the day. 
•The delegate rate for this one day course is £250.00 + VAT 
However this course is being run in conjunction to a related course "The Case That Really Go to me" that is happening the day before. For those interested in booking onto both courses and receiving a £50.00 + VAT discount please CLICK HERE
Discounts are also available for bookings of 3 delegates or more. For further information please contact 

Event Timing 

09.00 - 09.30 
Registration and Tea / Coffee 
09.30 - 11.00 
First Session 
11.00 - 11.15 
Tea / Coffee Break 
11.15 - 12.45 
Second Session 
12.45 - 13.45 
Lunch Break 
13.45 - 15.15 
Third Session 
15.15 - 15.30 
Tea / Coffee Break 
15.30 - 17.00 
Final Session 

CPD Certificates 

A CPD certificate will be provided at the end of the course. As a full day course this will be for 6 CPD points. 
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