This keynote will focus on the process of developing, implementing, and sustaining systemic transformation in the way we approach family law. Participants will be helped to imagine and work towards a system that promotes and supports healing organizations and develop professional communities that are safer, and more supportive for everyone in the system: those who are served and those who serve them. This includes a process of celebrating and encouraging challenging and uncomfortable conversations as a core construct in change. The talk will include the rationale and theory of change, as well as key strategies such as engaging in relational leadership and centering cultural responsiveness and equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop an understanding of socio-cultural, individual and organizational trauma and its impact on individuals, the workforce and our communities. This will include focusing on different ways to engage and sustain relationships in the context of conflict.
  • Participants will be able to apply the principles of a trauma-informed system to advance healing and relational practices in their day to day work in family law, including using skills such as reflective thinking, thoughtful communication, and innovative ways to facilitate meetings.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the use of complexity thinking when approaching problems. This includes utilizing skills to engage in and sustain challenging conversations as a mediator of change. Specifically participants will practice using tools to increase connection and manage conflict.