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January 5, 2018

I am pleased to share my workshop evaluation from the 2017 OCLF / OAFM Conference, helping people build their successful practice. Details as follows…


Collaborative Practice Niagara hosted the 10th Conference of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation (OCLF) held in association with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario on September 14, 15 & 16, 2017. The conference theme was:

Collaborative Practice and Mediation: The Power of Interest Based Negotiation.

Workshop Presenter:

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Workshop Title:

Build, Brand, Market, Close: Building Your Successful Peacemaking Practice

Workshop Description:

Putting up a website, the modern version of a shingle, does not a successful peacemaking practice make. This workshop is aimed at helping peacemaking practitioners grow a successful practice with attention to: innovative and flexible services; differentiating your service from others; conveying your services to others and; converting referrals into actual clients.  (90 minutes)

Number of Participants: 26

  • Lawyers: 9
  • Family Professionals: 1
  • Financial Professionals: 1
  • Mediators: 5
  • Educators: 1
  • Lawyer/Mediators: 4
  • Family Professional/Mediators: 5


Absolutely Somewhat Uncertain Probably Not Absolutely Not
Was the course consistent with its objectives and title? 25 1
Was the course appropriately challenging? 19 5
Did the course expand your knowledge in this topic? 21 5
Was the material relevant to your professional activities? 24 1
Did the instructor know the subject matter? 23 3
Was the instructor well prepared? 26
Was the instructor attentive to questions? 26
Would you attend another course given by this instructor? 25 1
Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor
How would you evaluate the overall value of this program? 18 7 1
Please rate the presenter’s knowledge, expertise and teaching ability. 22 4


  1. Would make a great webinar or full-day workshop.
  2. Very enlightening perspective.
  3. Wish you had more time, especially re: use specific to lawyers.
  4. Great content.
  5. Had hoped there would be more “peacemaker” focus but understand time constraint and focus on marketing any practice. Excellent tips and materials.
  6. Practical and engaging.
  7. Gary is highly qualified for this topic and focuses (apparently) on our behaviors that make or break our effectiveness.
  8. I realized that I know you from Linked In. “God” did I search for “where do I know this guy from!” LOL! 🙂
  9. Needed more time to attend longer day training.
  10. Enjoyable and valuable and thought provoking. Got me writing lists of my own ideas while you were speaking.
  11. Gary Direnfeld was very easy to follow and interesting. I would love to learn more and wish the workshop was longer!
  12. Thank the presenter for interesting and important unique information.
  13. Needed a longer time slot.
  14. Great presentation. Very informative. Enjoyed it.
  15. This could have been a longer presentation. There was a lot there.

It was a pleasure to present on behalf of the OCLF and OAFM, helping people build successful practices!

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship, divorce or separation issue or even help growing your practice. I am available in person and by Skype.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW for counseling and support – to build your successful practice


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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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