Events, Trainings and Continuing Professional Development February 2018 +

Events, Trainings and Continuing Professional Development February 2018 +

Enjoy a networking breakfast with a difference hosted by Charlie Reading of Efficient Portfolio, and watch our Directory Expert Karen Marshall speak at upcoming events.

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PPC Supervision and Preparing your clients for High Conflict - 1 day Family Mediation training

 London Course: Tuesday 20th March 2018 -The Family Mediation Centre & Compass Resolution Conflict Management Training

Address:  The Family Mediation Centre, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Maximum of 12 people for this workshop – There are 7 places left. 

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Profitable Practice Principles Evening Drinks

Join us on Wednesday 28th February from 18.30 for informal drinks at One Alfred Place in Bloomsbury, London, where you can learn more about the Profitable Practice Principles.

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Profitable Practice Principles Business Breakfasts & Evening Drinks

Breakfast Networking and Business Training 20th March 2018 from 0830 in London WC1

Focus on your business profitability whilst enjoying a delicious breakfast and networking with successful businessman and financial planner Charlie Reading.

Evening event introduction also happening on 28 February 6pm.

Email for more details.


Richmond Networking Forum - March 2018

A complimentary networking lunch at Slug and Lettuce, Richmond on Wednesday 7 March.

We will be joined by Sarah Alexander, founder of Coaching Magnificence, who will give a talk titled ‘Brain Management 101‘.

Hosted by Andrew Segal: Insolvency Practitioner
In the business of keeping you in business.

Email Yvette Mills to book your place and choose the menu:


Karen Marshall speaking at The Best You Expo

Karen will be presenting on the Mindfulness stage at the Best You Exp on Friday 16 February at 11.00.

For further details and Karen’s on stage introduction click this link.

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Professional Development Leicester - Counselling Training

the Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling (LCPC): counselling services, CPD events and counselling training programmes

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is suitable for any professional who works within helping / supporting roles or closely working alongside other people, such as lawyers, mediators and solicitors.

London Family Mediation Group Friday 23rd March 8.30am-10.30am

Arrive from 8.30am

Event starts at 9.00am

9.00am – 9.30am: Una Archer, Help Your Child Thrive, Raising an Emotionally Secure Child in a Separated Family

9.30am – 10.00am: Richard Jones, 1 Garden Court, Children Law Update

10.00am – 10.30am: Stephen G Anderson, Start Mediation, Online Mediation



Cranbrook Pudding Club Lunch With Buss Murton

Please join us for the next Cranbrook Pudding Club Lunch as follows:

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Venue: The George Hotel, Cranbrook, Kent

Time: From 12:30pm in The Cranbrook Bar/Restaurant for informal networking and

sit down for lunch at 1pm in the Restaurant

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Blaming the journalists may not be getting to the core of the issue

I’ve just read an excellent, brilliant expose of the very poor reporting and bias of some reporters when reporting on Divorce cases.  Over the years, I’ve explained to several journalists who specialise in covering divorce, what a Collaborative Lawyer is, how mediation works and why financial planners are more useful than lawyers in helping couples with assets to work out an initial plan of action.

I have had endless requests – almost annually – of “Divorce Parties are the new thing – do you know anyone who is having one?”. After explaining that I have been receiving the same requests for several years, so divorce parties are in fact, not ‘news’, I suggest that they might instead want to focus on the rise in children self-harming due to their parents nasty divorce, or the increase (at least double I believe) in suicide rates for men after divorce. At which point they usually splutter something about ‘oh yes it’s so much better if it’s all done in a friendly way’ and the conversation grinds to a halt.

I was almost on an ITV facebook live Q&A tonight – and my blog post was to be shared giving real-life guidance on how to keep a divorce nicer than it might otherwise be – but the ITV lawyers decided they wanted a ‘Psych’ instead. Sadly, a ‘Psych’ (Psychotherapist I presume) is unlikely to be sharing information about the value of getting financial advice from experts, or the power of coaching if you want to break out of the ‘victim’ mentality, or even have much clarity on how mediation works and that collaborative law and family arbitration even exist.

So the fundamental info (from the trailers of the divorce documentary I’ve seen on the facebook page so far) is that you can go to a Divorce Hotel and get divorced in a weekend, and that the national Q&A will be hosted by a lawyer (luckily, a Collaboratively-trained one, but still someone who participates in a current toxic family law system when they are not doing collab cases) and a therapist who is trained to help you deal with your emotions. Other collaborators are expelled by the media lawyers fears over god knows what happening – even though the researchers tried to push for something different.

In the context of the excellent article above – it’s a bit ironic?

Suzy Miller
Divorce Strategist

Why You Shouldn’t Get Divorce Advice From Someone Who Has Been Divorced

Why You Shouldn’t Get Divorce Advice From Someone Who Has Been Divorced


You might think that asking someone who has been divorced for advice about how to get a divorce would be a good thing to do. But often it is a very bad idea indeed.

Because it depends how their divorce went. If it was messy, expensive, traumatic – getting their advice is a bit like asking a gun owner to show you how to use a gun – only he’s got a bullet in his leg from when the gun misfired. And he can’t quite understand how it all happened because he was doing everything he should do just right – so it must be the fault of the gun, or the gun manufacturers.

Meanwhile he has a bullet in his leg and he is an ‘expert’ on how to use guns because he (mis)fired one, once.

Just because someone has experienced a divorce, that doesn’t make them an expert on a better way to divorce.

So before a self-proclaimed expert starts giving you divorce advice, remember to ask them a few questions first.

Questions like: “Did you do any research? Oh, ok, you just went to a lawyer. That was it?”

Questions like: “How is your co-parenting relationship these days? Ah, not so good? Haven’t seen the kids for months because she is still angry about the divorce settlement and that flash barrister you used? That must be depressing.”

Questions like: “Did you get any expert financial advice? No? And you’ve worked out that the divorce settlement you made wasn’t one you could actually sustain? That’s awkward. Back to court again then?”

What I suggest, is that you don’t mistake bad experiences for ‘knowledge’ – ask the right questions before you decide who to listen to.

You don’t want to shoot yourself in the leg.

Suzy Miller
Divorce Strategist

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Anchor – Best Way To Divorce

Listen to Anchor audio from Best Way To Divorce: Suzy Miller Divorce Strategist as seen on BBC Breakfast TV, Womans Hour, Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail etc


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Bringing Divorce-Focused Professionals Together – and some other interesting people

Bringing Divorce-Focused Professionals Together – and some other interesting people

On a cold and misty Thursday November evening, a group of mediators, financial planners and transformational coaches – plus some other very interesting people – gathered at The Ram Inn in Firle to sip a glass of wine and learn a bit about how to use facebook more effectively, and also to hear some of Vivienne Smith’s personal story and how she support single mums.

It was an opportunity for professionals to view the divorce situation from different angles, and to see how they could collaborate and further serve their clients through those collaborations.