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2019-12-05 NYACP Annual Meeting - The Power and Challenge of Teams
Thursday, December 05, 2019, 9:00 AM EDT
Category: Events

NYACP 2019 Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
9:00AM - 4:30PM - Program
5:00PM - 7:00PM - Network Reception

Brae Burn Country Club
39 Brae Burn Dr, Purchase, NY 10577

"The Power and Challenge of Teams"
Presented by:
Nancy Cameron, Q.C. and Yuval Berger, MSW, RSW

Register today and mark your calendar to join us to celebrate the year, conduct our annual business meeting, and experience Nancy Cameron and Yuval Berger's workshop on "The Power and Challenge of Teams".

Practicing in Collaborative teams provides tremendous structural support for clients going through collaborative process.  Yes, this work can also be extremely challenging.  Team members may have different values which may be in conflict, may align to closely with their clients and may be triggered by interactions with clients or with other professionals.  This workshop will give skills and insights to help us identify challenges and engage constructively with the challenges in order to increase the power of our Collaborative teamwork.

Please mark your calendar to join us for this wonderful program and opportunity to network with colleagues and friends in December!



8:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Introductions and Program Begins

  • What kind of teams do we work with?
  • Why work in teams?
  • What is your biggest challenge working in a team?
  • Reflective Exercise: What do I need to be able to trust and feel safe in my team?
  • Who taught you to be on a team?
  • Values – what do we bring to Collaborative Practice?
  • Reflective Exercise: Values as a Collaborative Professional; pyramid exercise

10:30 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Ranking Priorities as a Collaborative Professional
  • Exercise with reflective teams
  • Working in Teams
  • Team meetings
  • Teams in Collaborative Practice
  • Creating team cohesiveness
  • Team splitting
  • Exercise -- preliminary questions for new team members, preparing to work together –
  • Video

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Team role plays with team challenges 5 SCENARIOS

3:00 pm - 3:15pm

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Dyad (Listening) Exercise
  • Strategies/processes for working with conflict amongst team members

4:00 pm
Circle process and use in teams; Closing Circle

5:00 pm - 7:00pm
NYACP Evening Reception


1. Understand that all CP work is team work, even though the team itself varies.
2. To have an understanding of what I bring to team conflict.
3. To have a series of strategies to maintain team cohesiveness and functioning.
4. To have the ability to identify challenges and team conflicts as they emerge, and have the confidence and tools to work proactively as challenges emerge:
     a. Identify how and when the team is contributing to the conflict
     b. Identify strategies to “correct course”
5. To have models to structure difficult conversations within the team and with other team members.
6. Process strategies to make teamwork a priority.


Yuval Berger, MSW, RSW brings with him 25 years of clinical experience as a relationship and child therapist with special expertise in supporting couples through the dissolution of their intimate relations. Over the years he has practiced as divorce coach, child specialist, family therapist, and a trainer.  Yuval joined the Vancouver BC Collaborative group in 2002, and since then has been an active member supporting and promoting the interdisciplinary team approach. He is an associate of the Collaborative Center in Vancouver, Canada, which is a joint private venture of family lawyers and mental health professionals all practicing Collaborative Law.  The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) elected Yuval to its Board of Directors for the 2012-15 terms. Yuval has taught basic, and advanced Interdisciplinary CP courses in Canada, England, Scotland, US and Israel. He presented in numerous IACP forums in North America and in Europe and taught in the IACP Institute in the US and Australia. When offering advance training, Yuval focuses on expending professional knowledge about the possibilities for couples to move from intimate relationship into a co-parenting. He also brings his knowledge and experience in using attachment theory to facilitate a better understanding of couple’s experience through their separation.

Nancy Cameron, Q.C. is a lawyer, writer, and educator.  She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.F.A. in creative writing in 1984, and with an LL.B. in 1987, and was called to the bar of British Columbia in May, 1988.  Prior to law school, she spent ten years working in the field of early childhood education, including teaching child development and psychology, as well as working with adolescents, including running a group home for adolescent youths.  She is a family law practitioner, whose practice is in the areas of collaborative law, mediation (Law Society Certified) and Hear the Child Reports (roster member since inception).  She teaches and trains in the inter-disciplinary model of collaborative practice, as well as other subjects in dispute resolution. She has been an adjunct professor at both the University of British Columbia Law School and is a continuing adjunct professor in the LLM for Dispute Resolution program at Hong Kong University. Ms. Cameron is one of the founders of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Vancouver and was one of the first co-chairs of the group.  She is also a founding Board member and first president of the BC Collaborative Roster Society and a founding board member of the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster. She has led and designed training in the collaborative process and dispute resolution, and has been a speaker and trainer in the areas of collaborative law and dispute resolution to groups across Canada and the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia and Asia. Ms. Cameron has written numerous articles on Collaborative Practice, as well as a book: Collaborative Practice: Deepening the Dialogue. She was president of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners 2009. She received her Queens Counsel Designation in 2005, and has been named to the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers in Canada (in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution) since 2012, and named Best ADR Professional, Vancouver, 2014.

*Agenda subject to change
Continuing Education Certificates and CLE Credits will be offered. 


$195 - Full Day (includes lunch) and Evening Reception
$125 - Full Day Only (includes lunch)
$125 - Evening Reception Only

$295 - Full Day (includes lunch) and Evening Reception
$225 - Full Day (includes lunch)
$225 - Evening Reception Only


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