Successful difficult conversations require the participants to have an open mind. Family law litigants often have closed minds. How can we help parents in crisis open their minds? With visual presentations.
The best time to open a mind is before it closes to the point of becoming firmly entrenched in opposition. So we will first explore opportunities and results for opening minds before they close, including actual cases.
Even after a mind has become closed, multisensory approaches provide the best opportunity to open the mind. Audio-visual approaches can show roadmaps and options, and highlight overlooked or ignored practical, emotional, financial, and legal consequences, costs, and risks.
Audio-visuals are more likely to reach the audience of litigants. Most non-voluntary audiences will tune out or reject a short lecture. Non-voluntary audiences often hear what they want to hear. Few can argue with a clear visual.
We expect significant audience participation and debate.
- Participants will develop an understanding of how to improve outcomes before and during potential or actual child custody disputes.
- Participants will be able to dramatize the transparency, clarity, and increased impact and memory retention created by visual tools, including decision-trees, roadmaps, issue maps, consequences diagrams, etc.
- Participants will be able to analyze, design, apply, and use sample visual tools, including decision-trees, roadmaps, issue maps, consequences diagrams, etc., to show litigants their best options.