Family Mediation and Arbitration

Our accredited lawyer and social worker mediators and arbitrators can help you resolve the most challenging cases. We work together with you, lawyers and other professionals, effectively and affordably.

Parenting Mediation and Coordination

We work with parents, their children, extended families and professionals to help create the best possible parenting plan for each family. We provide skilled and experienced parenting coordination services to let parenting plans work best for the children.

Civil Mediation

From neighbour problems to education disagreements, to family company conflict: we mediate a wide range of disputes with care and compassion. We understand what causes conflict and what helps resolve it.

Intern with Us

We have developed an internship program that gives new family mediators exposure to all aspects of the practice. Learn from and with our diverse and experienced team of professionals, and gain the skills and experience for accreditation.

Upcoming Courses at Riverdale 2015-2016

November 20-21, 2015
Arbitration Law for Parenting Coordinators
January 21-23, 2016
Introduction to ADR
February 4-5, 2016
Parenting Coordination Advanced
March 21-24, 2016
Family Law

Acclaimed Mediation Courses

We offer unique courses in family mediation, screening for power imbalances in negotiation, family arbitration, and family law. We receive top marks for dynamic and relevant content, diversity of trainers and quality of instruction/feedback. Earn accredited training hours from the Law Society, OAFM and ADRIO.

Customized Training

We design and provide custom training on mediation, arbitration and conflict resolution for organizations and private groups of all sizes around the world.


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.

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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.

Custom Training
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.

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Upcoming COURSES

2016 Courses

Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution

January 21-23, 2016
This three-day workshop is the first course in our Family Mediation Training series, designed to give a comprehensive theoretical basis for the skills training in the courses that follow (Basic and Advanced Family Mediation & Negotiation).

Parenting Coordination Advanced 

February 4-6, 2016
This two-day workshop explores The skill of mentalizing so parents can see themselves and the other ‘s parents perspectives; the Techniques for managing team collaboration; Arbitration in the PC Process, and more.


Family Law

March 21-24, 2016
An accessible and engaging overview of Ontario family law, this course is designed for anyone seeking to become an accredited family mediator, parenting coordinator or arbitrator, who does not have a family law background. The primary purpose of the course to learn how to ensure that clients understand the legal implications of any potential settlement options.


Screening for Family Violence

April 13-15, 2016
Understanding the sources of negotiation power is critical for effective family mediation, collaborative practice and negotiation. This course is mandatory for family arbitrators and parenting coordinators, and must be repeated every 5 years unless you have done 10 cases in that time.


Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation

May 5-6, 9-11, 2016
This comprehensive five-day workshop is designed for family and collaborative lawyers, mental health professionals, paralegals, and educators. It features experienced mediators and experts as guest speakers. It is approved by the OAFM and ADRIO for accreditation purposes.

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Our 2015-2016 Promotional Booklet contains detailed information on all courses offered! Information on course content, location, pricing and available packages. Click the image above to view/download file.

In 2016, we will be holding a 4-Part Workshop Series. Click here for the flyer

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What’s New at RIVERDALE

A proud sponsor of the first annual
Family Dispute Resolution Week
November 23 to 27, 2015

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Come learn about many options to end a marriage or common-law relationship.

Free workshops for industry professionals.
Free events for the public, including Family Law Information Centres

Events in:  Toronto, Oshawa, Newmarket, Ajax, Pickering, Barrie, Ottawa.

Check the schedule for events near you.

An initiative of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario


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