Courses & Events

CIL Training Programmes

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Centre for Integrative Law offers a range of workshops, trainings, lectures and retreats for lawyers and people working alongside the legal profession.

Trainings which can be customised for your organisation include:

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  • Introduction to Integrative Law
  • Neuro science for lawyers
  • Collaborative Law Training
  • Non violent communication
  • Flawless Consulting Courses (based on Peter Block’s book)
  • Mindfulness for Lawyers
  • Scenario Planning for lawyers
  • Conscious Contracting
  • Appreciative Enquiry
  • Café Conversations

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Introduction to Integrative Law

This workshop is offered by Amanda Lamond and serves as an introduction to the Integrative Law Movement globally. It includes an overview of 10 vectors of the movement eg Collaborative Law, Restorative Justice, Transformative Mediation, Therapeutic Jurisprudence.  The key pioneers of the movement are discussed in an interactive way with video.  The workshop is half instruction and half experiential – because central to the notion of Integrative Law is the shift that takes place inside the lawyer – therefore you can’t become integrative through listening to a lecture!  The workshop can be tailored towards the specific audience.

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Neuro science for lawyers

In April 2013  Pauline Tesler, director of the Integrative Law Institute in San Francisco came to South Africa and ran a one day introduction to NEURO SCIENCE FOR LAWYERS in Cape Town and Johannesburg.  It was very well received and Pauline may be back for further presentations in 2014.  Amanda will be ready to offer a similar interactive workshop on this topic in 2014.

Pauline Tesler, pioneering collaborative thinker, writer,  trainer, and adjunct faculty member at the Straus Dispute Resolution Institute,  joined forces with Tom Lewis, M.D.,  noted psychiatrist, psycho-biologist,  assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, who has written and lectured extensively on a broad range of topics for audiences ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to  Google University.  They have developed more than eighteen hours of interactive multimedia training and workshop material and have presented this material to rave reviews at the Straus Dispute  Resolution Institute (Pepperdine Law School). The work explores how lawyers and other conflict resolution professionals can facilitate deeper resolution and can engage more authentically and effectively with their clients through understanding the nexus between  neurobiology and deep resolution.

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Collaborative Divorce Training

In April 2013 the first two groups of attorneys in South Africa were trained in Collaborative law by Pauline Tesler. Practice groups have been set up in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Please use the contact form on this website if you’d like to be put in touch with these practitioners.

The next round of Collaborative Divorce training is scheduled for late November early December 2013. Please ensure you are on the CIL mailing list to receive news of these trainings and early discounts.

Pauline Tesler – Collaborative Divorce Trainer

Pauline is the director of the Integrative Law Institute in San Francisco and is a family law specialist. Since the mid 1990’s she has been a pioneer in developing and extending the practice of collaborative law and interdisciplinary team collaborative divorce worldwide. Pauline co-founded the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) in the late 1990’s and served as its first president.  She is author of the critically acclaimed practice manual Collaborative Law: Achieving Effective Resolution in Divorce Without Litigation.

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars – Collaborative Divorce Practitioner

Nicolle is a family lawyer and mediator in York region  (Ontario) and is dedicated to helping families in transition, she is currently a lawyer in good standing in both South Africa and Canada and is the current co-chair of York Collaborative Practice and has been on the board since 2010 and heads the training and marketing sub-committees.

Nicolle has dedicated herself to advancing a more holistic approach to divorce and separation and presents workshops on collaborative law and alternate dispute resolution options to various  community centres and organizations within Toronto.

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Non violent communication

This is also known as Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication, a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg. NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. Discussions are underway with several facilitators who have taught this methodology to lawyers and judges, to bring this training to South Africa.

It focuses on three aspects of communication:

  • self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience),
  • empathy (defined as listening to another with deep compassion), and
  • honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).

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Flawless Consulting

Flawless Consulting training is currently offered in South Africa through Symphonia.

Amanda Boardman is working on developing this excellent and profound course, based on the work of Peter Block, into an offering specifically tailored to the legal profession.

Peter Block is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004 he received their first place Members’ Choice Award in recognition of his book, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (1999) as the most influential book for Organizational Development practitioners over the past 40 years.

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Mindfulness for Lawyers

The first Mindfulness training for lawyers in South Africa will run from 25 July 2013! Learn more and sign up at

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Scenario Planning for lawyers

Many business schools teach scenario planning as a useful way for leaders to look at future strategies. Scenario planning is a very useful skill for lawyers who must provide documents today which will support parties in the unknown future. For those interested in scenario planning the work of Clem Sunter and Adam Kahane are recommended.

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Conscious Contracting

Organisations who want to live their values need to start looking at their legal departments and their legal contracts underpinning all their relationships whether these are with employees, clients, landlords, tenants or suppliers.

There are worldwide trends emerging in conscious contracts, which are firstly, drafted in jargon-free language or plain English so that the parties to the contract can understand them without an interpreter.

Secondly, these new contracts reclaim the humanity in the relationship to which the contracts refer. Some forward-thinking lawyers help the parties include their “vision”, “mission” and “values” in the contract as a way of supporting the parties in reaching agreement.  Discussions are underway to offer training in values-based contracts. This would be facilitated by Kim Wright, author of Lawyers as Peacemakers, Linda Alverez, who is currently writing a book on this subject for the American Bar Association and Amanda Boardman, who has spent time with both Kim and Linda and brings to conscious contracting her experience as a Barrett Values Centre Cultural Transformation Tools consultant. Visit www.consciouscontracts.com for more.

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Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is an organisational development enquiry method which focuses on increasing what an organisation does well instead of eliminating what it does badly. Integrative lawyers worldwide have discovered that this is a useful tool as it contrasts so dramatically with the lawyer’s default mindset. Kim Wright is an experienced AI facilitator and we’re planning to offer a day or half day workshop in AI in early December 2013.

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Café Conversations

This is another organisational development tool that has proved an invaluable tool for large scale discussions in many organisations. The CIL is working with Symphonia to offer this as a tool to law firms seeking change. See this link for further information.

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