Sharon Ellison partners with ILI for Certification in Integrative Law

I want to tell you more about Sharon Ellison, one of ILI’s new “certification partners.”  Certification partners are individuals or organizations offering continuing education programs that match so well with ILI’s mission and with our lawyer certification program (in terms of quality, content, and integrative significance)  that their educational programs will ordinarily be accepted for purposes of ILI’s Certification in Integrative Lawyering. (For more about ILI’s certification program, click here.)

Sharon Ellison

Sharon Ellison

Sharon has created a remarkable communications system called “Powerful Non-Defensive Communication.”  PNDC teaches how to recognize and alter the aggressive and defensive content embedded in what we say and how we say it.  Sharon’s method teaches refined techniques for asking genuinely curious questions that cause listeners to think  and that often make them want to answer, for themselves as well as for the questioner.

Lawyers have been flocking to Sharon’s training programs and workshops like bees to flowers, because her work provides essential core skills that we lawyers need if we are  to facilitate constructive, client-centered, interest-based, out-of-court dispute and conflict resolution.  Whether we are lawyer-mediators or collaborative lawyers, we are grounded in professional legal training that treats questions as just another weapon we use in service of winning.

When we shift to out-of-court modes of dispute resolution, we lawyers bring that adversarial toolbox along with us.  Cognitive biases being what they are,  it can be challenging even to see just how much we use  questions to  persuade rather than to inquire. As psychologist Abe Maslow said long ago, “if the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems tend to resemble  nails.”

Sharon’s trainings open lawyers’ eyes, helping us see the extent to which we –often unintentionally–ramp up conflict by the way that we speak. She teaches concrete methods for peeling away the aggressive and defensive content of our questions so that they become tools for discovery of new information.  I can’t recommend her courses and workshops highly enough for lawyers who are serious about making the shift away from adversarial methods and toward constructive facilitation of deep resolution.

You can view Sharon’s calendar here.  Two programs coming up soon are worth considering:

1.  The Disarming Power of Questions

Webinar Description: Learn and practice more than a dozen formats for asking questions that can enhance our power to disarm defensiveness and get to the heart of an issue quickly, opening up the kind of genuine conversation that can lead to deeper resolution and connection. More Complete Information . . .

Dates: Tuesdays: Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5, & March 12, 2013
Times: ~ 4-6 pm Pacific ~ 5-7 pm Mountain ~ 6-8 pm Central ~ 7-9 pm Eastern
Length: Each of the Six Sessions ~ 2 hours
CEUs:  Available for MFTs and LCSWs (12 hours) / Credits also available toward certification in Integrative Law

Workshop Price: $385.00 (Partial Scholarships Available– Register Now! Special 2 person offer Workshop Price: $670.00 – Register Now!  To make payment arrangements other than by credit card, contact Sharon directly.

2.   National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations: The Leadership Workshop for Professional Women~ An innovative women’s leadership training for women attorneys as well as for women in other professions

Date: Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9, 2013
City: Dallas, TX
Place: Embassy Suites Hotel, Dallas Market Center
Conference Overview: The focus is to build leadership skills that increase economic strength and collaboration among women across professional boundaries. Unlike most other conferences, this one is structured so that each speaker will present to and/or work with the whole audience. The cost is also very reasonable.  Sharon Strand Ellison will be one of the five speakers and and she says, “I’m extremely impressed with the kind of power, creativity, and integrity the other four speakers possess ~ and excited to learn from them. I hope you’ll consider attending this exceptional conference on women’s leadership and share the information in your own community of colleagues and friends.” For a More Complete description of the conference and speaker bios, click here ..
To register: 
click here.

 

 

 

Program for Certifying Integrative Lawyers Announced by Integrative Law Institute

PROGRAM FOR CERTIFICATION IN INTEGRATIVE LAW

Certification in Integrative Law

ILI’s program for certifying integrative lawyers has two purposes:

  • to encourage and recognize lawyers who engage in significant continuing education study aimed at developing the skills and understandings that support practicing law as a healing profession, and
  • to provide a means for members of the public to locate and identify lawyers who are committed to providing professional services  that address human conflicts constructively, not solely as legal problems but also across the  many other dimensions in which conflict impacts lives.

The core of the certification program is ILI’s own workshops and programs for practicing lawyers.  The hallmark of ILI programs is that they integrate creative conflict resolution tools, traditional understandings and practices, and emerging research discoveries from the biological and social sciences in a manner that lawyers, mediators, and judicial officers can use right away in their work.  ILI’s workshops and trainings include hands-on experiential components wherever possible.

Applicants for ILI certification will be asked to provide documentation of at least 40 hours of continuing education course work consisting of at least 25 hours of  workshops and trainings provided by ILI, with the balance consisting of approved courses provided either by ILI or by its partner organizations and colleagues.

Lawyers who have earned ILI’s certification in integrative law will be listed on ILI’s website and social media sites with links back to their own websites, and will be permitted to display ILI’s certification badge on websites, social media sites, and on professional materials.  Under development is a plan to provide Certified Integrative Lawyers with an online participatory virtual community.

The certification program, some components of which are still under development, is  being launched in phases beginning in early 2013,  so that participants in current ILI workshops  who have interest in certification can be aware of this option as they plan their ongoing continuing education.

 Earning Certification Credits

For 2013, continuing education credits as follows may be submitted for purposes of certification.  New  ILI courses and a limited number of select additional continuing education partners will be added to this list from time to time. The courses will be offered in major U.S. cities during 2013 and 2014.  By 2014, ILI also expects to offer some courses online.

Invitations to bring any ILI program to your city are welcome, as are program co-sponsorships.

ILI workshops and courses (as of January 2013)

Pauline Tesler Presenting at Integrative Law Workshop


  • Law and the Human Brain: Neuro-Literacy 101 for Lawyers, Mediators, and Judges. A complete description of this course is available at  http://is.gd/NeuroLiteracy101 (6 hours)
  • Money, Law, and Values. An investigation of how money, law, and values intersect and sometimes collide in legal negotiations, and an exploration of pathways through the challenges.  The workshop is described in more depth  at  http://is.gd/MoneyLawValuesWorkshop  (6 hours)
  • Weekend Workshop:  Becoming an Integrative Lawyer.  (Attendance at a weekend workshop is required for certification.)  This is a  highly personalized workshop with limited enrollment, offered in a variety of peaceful locations convenient to major cities. Included in the workshop is  facilitated personal self-reflection and strategic planning for achieving a law practice that supports working as an integrative lawyer.  The workshop curriculum  provides an overview and introduction to integrative law vectors, including: therapeutic/integrative jurisprudence and ethics, communications, narrative and re-storying techniques, body-mind awareness practices and tools, human needs theory, positive psychology,  negotiations theory,  systems theory and team practice,  behavioral and neuro-economics perspectives, collaborative practice, apology/forgiveness,restorative justice, integrative and values-based transactional practice, interest-based negotiations.  The fee for the workshop includes one hour of follow-up individual practice development consultation with Pauline Tesler, either via video conferencing or in person.  (15 to 18 hours)

Continuing Education Partners (as of January 2013)

  Lawyers may submit for certification purposes proof of in-person attendance at approved continuing education courses offered by these organizations and individuals.  Ordinarily, courses submitted for certification must carry  either state bar approved continuing legal education credit, or alternatively,  APA, state, or similar approved  CEU credit intended for other professions, such as psychologists, psychotherapists, or health care professionals.  Courses offered by ILI partners that do not carry such approved credit or that are attended online will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ILI welcomes certification partnership inquiries from workshop leaders, trainers, and organizations that provide high quality continuing education in the vectors recognized by ILI for integrative law certification.  We consider for certification partnership programs that offer substantial original material developed by the presenter.

To be included in ILI’s mailing list, click here:   For more information, contact Pauline Tesler:  phtesler@integrativelawinstitute.org