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Allyson D. Robinson

Date & Location

March 22, 2018 June 27, 2018

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1V 6N1

Refreshments will be served at the breaks

Free parking on site


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St Elias Centre


Early Bird Rate
(until Feb 25, 2018)
Regular Rate$225$29.25$254.25
Early Bird Group Rate *
(until Feb 25, 2018)
3 or more
Regular Group Rate *
3 or more
Student Rate **$110$14.30$124.30

* To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be mailed/faxed together, and paid with one cheque or credit card number. No modifications allowed.

** With presentation of a valid full-time student ID.

Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.


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438-1500 rue Bank
Ottawa ON K1H 1B8

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and workshop begins at  9:00 a.m.


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**Please note that the special workshop assistant rate is not available for this seminar. While MAGentix is organizing the event, it is presented by the Ottawa High Conflict Forum (OHCF) and falls outside our regular Spring series. We invite anyone interested to visit our website to apply to assist with any other seminars or workshops that fall within our Spring 2018 series.


The Ottawa High Conflict Forum is pleased to present the one day Unconscious Bias Foundations Workshop.

We are constantly applying filters to situations, people, and information around us. These filters, the result of years of experience and social conditioning result in the application of what is known as unconscious bias. Just as the term suggests, the application of this bias is done on an unconscious level, without us being aware of it and the conclusions reached are not arrived at through conscious reflection. Have you ever considered how your unconscious bias affects you on a daily basis? Have you ever considered the impact it may have on your professional life?

The goal of the workshop is to provide lawyers and clinicians the tools to mitigate unconscious bias when working with families in conflict. Join Allyson D. Robinson and see how the Cook Ross method approaches learning about unconscious bias without guilt or shame. A non-confrontational model to is used to engage individuals and groups to bring awareness about how peoples’ daily interactions, behaviours, and decision-making may impact their work with children and families in high conflict.


Objectives for Professionals

In this session, participants will learn to:

  • Define the business case for diversity & inclusion so that you can anchor your learning in your organizational priorities
  • Examine factors that shape your perceptions so that you can identify when and how those factors influence your decision-making
  • Investigate the science and research of unconscious bias so that you can recognize bias as a natural and normal function of the human mind
  • Analyze the impact of unconscious bias so that you can figure out when and how it affects systems and relationships inside and outside of your organization
  • Apply strategies to recognize and mitigate bias so that you can improve decision-making and interpersonal and team interactions
  • Practice providing feedback when you observe bias so that you can communicate effectively with colleagues to mitigate bias
  • Create individual action plans so that you can apply bias mitigation strategies on the job

Who should attend:

This conference is for

  • Lawyers & Judges
  • Mediators
  • Family Consultants
  • Custody Evaluators
  • Counselors and therapists
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Youth workers
  • Police
  • Case Managers
  • Others who work with high conflict families
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector


Certificate of Participation is given at the end of the workshop.

About Allyson D Robinson

Allyson Dylan Robinson has built a career advising and leading organizations on the vanguard of  social change. She currently serves as a Portfolio Lead at Cook Ross, a global consulting firm providing systems-level interventions to drive inclusive leadership and culture for the world’s most influential organizations. Prior to joining Cook Ross, Allyson led internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign, the U.S.’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. While there, she conceived, created, and launched HRC’s social enterprise to train large organizations in diversity and inclusion.

She also contributed to the development of criteria for the Corporate Equality Index and Healthcare Equality Index and served as the organization’s public face on some of its most challenging issues. Later, she became the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT civil rights group as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. There, she led the organization’s Washington, D.C. based staff and over 6,500 volunteers worldwide in their mission to empower, support, and defend the U.S. military’s LGBT community while working to build a culture of inclusion in the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. In that role, she conceived and coordinated the public vetting of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on LGBT issues, getting him to make a decisive, written commitment to equality prior to his confirmation. She was named “Washington, D.C.’s Best Transgender Advocate of 2013” by The Washington Blade, the capital’s LGBT news weekly, for her work. She went on to found her own company, Warrior Poet Strategies, which advised clients in the private sector and in government on organizational development, culture and climate, and diversity and inclusion.

Robinson has appeared on CBS, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, and Canada’s CBC-1 and has been quoted in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and elsewhere. Her two TEDx talks have received over 60,000 views and have been used to train educators, school administrators, religious leaders, and behavioral health professionals worldwide. In 2013 she was named as one of The Muse’s inaugural “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World” for her leadership on diversity issues; in 2015 she was honored by Harvard Law School as “Woman Inspiring Change” in the fields of law and policy. Later that year, she received the Courage Award from West Point’s LGBT student and alumni association for her public advocacy.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Robinson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in physics. After receiving her commission as a U.S. Army officer, she commanded PATRIOT missile units in the United States, Germany and Saudi  Arabia and worked as a senior trainer and evaluator for NATO and as an advisor to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. She resigned her commission in 1999 to pursue a calling to pastoral ministry, serving as pastor-teacher to multi-cultural, multi-generational  congregations on two continents. She earned a master of divinity degree in theology with an emphasis in social justice from Baylor University in 2007. She has also studied at Oxford University, Arizona State University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Robinson lives with Danyelle Robinson, her West Point classmate and wife of 24 years, and their four children in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.


Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.



CCPA accreditation for MAGentix's workshops

6 hours CEUs were given for each event.



CACCF accreditation for MAGentix's workshops

6 hours CEUs were given for each event


Law Society of Ontario


This program contains 8 hours of Equality and Inclusion Professionalism Content. This program is eligible for up to 6 Substantive Hours.




**Please note that MAGentix can not offer our special workshop assistant rate for this seminar, as it falls outside our regular Spring 2018 series. We’re proud to organize the event, but it’s presented by the Ottawa High Conflict Forum (OHCF) rather than MAGentix. We apologize for any inconvenience, and invite you to visit our website and apply to assist with any other workshops that interest you.




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