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.
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
January 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
It has been a busy fall! Hilary spoke on the tension between safety & transparency in collaborative practice at IACP’s Forum in San Antonio,Oct.21 with Lisa Alexander and Mary Pence. Elizabeth & Christine presented at the AFCC-Ontario conference October 18; Elizabeth spoke about our sister company, mediate393.ca. & Christine spoke about understanding culture in ADR.
Our 2-day workshop on Power Imbalances & Family Violence for Mediators, Arbitrators, Lawyers, Mental Health Professionals & Paralegals Oct. 21-22 was co-taught by Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine with guest speaker Mary Lou Fassel from the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and coach Paul Brown. Our next screening workshop is April 7-9.
Our Advanced Family Mediation course is filling up! Nov. 6-8 2013. Speakers include Lorne Wolfson, Alf Mamo, Heather Swartz, Barbara Benoliel, and more! Practical & focused role plays, coaching and demonstration by experienced mediators.
Read Bill Eddy’s blog post here on the great workshop Hilary did with him in the US, and stay tuned for a Canadian replay!
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