Welcome to RIVERDALE MEDIATION
Our mission is to provide high-quality mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, 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 Jared Norton
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.
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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.
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.
April 20-22, 2016 (Limited seating)
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).
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.
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
What’s New at RIVERDALE
- A new training season is upon us! Our Family Mediation Certification program began in January 2016, with “Introduction to ADR” (January 21-23, 2016). For a complete listing of these courses, please visit our “Overview of Courses” page.
- To all FDR Professionals: We will be holding a 4-Part Workshop series in 2016. Workshop leaders include: Brahm Siegel, Karen B.K. Chan, Seema Jain and Nathalie Boutet. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Register now to secure your spot!
- Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde will be teaching at the Western Univeristy of Law during the Winter term of 2016. The “Negotiation and Mediation” course will introduce students to the theoretical elements of dispute resolution and equip them as well with the fundamental skills required for effective advocacy in all conflict resolution processes. The course will run between January – April 2016.
- Encourage Young Aspiring Family Mediators to Enter the Field: Their Careers, Your Business, and Our Profession Will Benefit, Michael Aurit, November 2015
- Newsletter: Better Justice Together (Update), Ministry of the Attorney General, December 2015
- Ontario Premier Kicks Off Family Dispute Resolution Week, Financial Post, November 2015
- Family Dispute Resolution Brings Changing Needs in the Profession Hilary Linton, September 2015
- Newsletter: Better Justice Together, Ministry of the Attorney General, June 2015
- Newsletter: Family Law Association (FLA), June 2015
- How to be a Better Divorced Parent Erin Silver, April 2015
- New Board Member Interviews Hilary Linton, 2014
- Are We Ready for Med-Arb? Felicity Shedden, 2014
- Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalances Hilary Linton, 2014
- 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 | Spring 2012
- 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