Welcome to RIVERDALE MEDIATION
Our mission is to provide high quality mediation, arbitration and training services.
Our professionally accredited mediators have legal or social work backgrounds. We work closely with lawyers, clients and other professionals to create effective conflict resolution processes. We help resolve the most challenging cases. And our training and consulting work is internationally acclaimed. We provide professionals with excellent learning and accreditation credentials.
Hilary Linton Elizabeth Hyde Christine Kim
Our Dispute Resolution Services
We provide family and civil mediation, parenting coordination, and family mediation-arbitration. Our work is mostly referred by lawyers, and we are respected for our effective mediations with clients alone. We work closely with our clients, their lawyers and other professionals to provide the right process, done the right way. We keep costs down, without sacrificing experience, professionalism, satisfaction or quality outcomes.
Our Training Services
We offer a highly respected series of Core Workshops for family and collaborative lawyers, mental health professionals, arbitrators, paraglegals, educators, business leaders and others. Designed to equip participants to gain mediation designations, our courses provide the theory, skills and experience required for effective conflict resolution. We follow up with a comprehensive internship program.
We have designed and delivered custom conflict resolution workshops across Canada and in the UK. We will create training for groups as small as ten, designed to meet the needs of an organization or group of professionals. We focus on meaningful theory and effective skills — in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice — and address the difficult issues of power, gender, cultural difference, violence and mental illness, among others.
Our commitment to high standards and constant improvement is evident in all we do. We hope you enjoy our site.
Learn more about us
February through May 2014
Monthly Workshops: Best Practices for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parenting Coordinators, and Arbitrators:
1. How to Not Get Sued: Mediator Liability and Insurance – Feb. 20th 2014
2. Parenting Plans: How to Create Excellent Plans – March 27, 2014
Click here to see all workshops.
2014 Courses for Accreditation
Introduction to ADR
April 22, 23 & 24, 2014
This 3-day course (21 hours) is the first in our Family Mediation Training series. It provides a comprehensive theoretical basis for the skills training in the courses that follow.
March 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2014
This 30-hour course is essential for all non-lawyers, seeking to become qualified Family Mediators.
Power Imbalances in Family Law Cases
April 7, 8 & 9, 2014
Basic Family Negotiation and Mediation
May 1, 2, 5, 6, & 7, 2014
Overview of courses
What’s New at RIVERDALE
Christine was featured in NOW Magazine’s monthly education and career training feature. Check out the article here.
The OBA has an excellent program on family ADR on April 30; Hilary and many other fine speakers will present.
Elizabeth taught our annual course in Family Law for mediators, parenting coordinators & arbitrators: another full house.
Hilary has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Read here about the APFM and its Annual Conference, in San Diego, next fall.
Judging from the brochure, the upcoming AFCC conference in May is going to be spectacular! Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine all had their proposals to present accepted. More info here.
Riverdale Mediation submitted the winning bid for this lovely piece of art by our intern, mediator/lawyer Jane Demaray. In doing so, we donated to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. Now THAT is a win-win. Come by our office and see the art!
Read more news
- Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalances
Hilary Linton, 2014
- When knowing is half the battle
Hilary Linton, 2012
- Should we mediate cases involving domestic violence?
Ashley E. Lowe & Nina Dodge Abrams, 2011
- The naked and the dead end: Training in screening for power imbalances
James Pirrie, UK Lawyer, 2012
- Informed Choices in Parenting Coordination: Ten Reasons for Parenting Coordination to Not (Necessarily) Provide Reports to the Court
Hilary Linton, 2012
- Western Law Notes: E-newsletter for alumni, students and friends of Western Law
- Preparation for Mediation: For both Lawyers and Clients
Andrea Himel, 2011
- Screening for Power Imbalances in Family Law Cases
Hilary Linton, 2012
- The Power of Apologies in Family Mediation
Elizabeth Hyde, 2011
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