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

May 7-8, 11-13, 2015  – Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation 
September 17-18, 2015  – Basic Parenting Coordination 
October 7-8, 2015  – Screening for Family Violence


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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Hilary Linton             Elizabeth Hyde      Christine Kim        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.

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

2015 Workshop Series

Six Part Series: Best Practices for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parent Coordinators and, Arbitrators

Feb. 26, Mar. 31, Apr. 29, & Jun. 8 2015
Important issues for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parenting Coordinators and Arbitrators         

Spring 2015 Courses

Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation 

May 7-8, 11-13, 2015
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.

Fall 2015 Courses

Parenting Coordination Basics 

September 17-18, 2015
This interactive two-day workshop explores the fundamentals of the Parenting Coordination (PC) process.

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Screening for Family Violence

October 7-9, 2015
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. This course is also for mediators seeking accreditation.

Advanced Family Mediation & Negotiation: Theory & Skills

November 4-6, 2015
An intensive three-day skills-based workshop that needs the role playing and skills training requirements for family mediation accreditation for OAFM and ADRIO.

Overview of courses

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What’s New at RIVERDALE

We just completed our third course in our Family Mediation Certificate program (Screening for Family Violence, April 13-15, 2015)! The course date for the fourth in this certificate program is quickly approaching: May 7-8, 11-13 – Basic Family Negotiation & Mediation.

We are now offering three (3) Parenting Coordination courses during the 2015-2016 season. Register today!

On April 29, Christine and Elizabeth, along with a guest speaker, will be delivering Series#5 in our 6-Part Workshop Series, entitled Parenting Coordination: How to Move from the Mediation to Arbitration Phase.

Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine are scheduled to present at the AFCC’s 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 27-30. Click here to view the brochure for event.

For those who are interested in becoming an Accredited Family Mediator, we will be holding a Wine & Cheese, Information Night on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Click here for more details.

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