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 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.
Learn more about us
Fall 2015 Courses
September 17-18, 2015
This interactive two-day workshop explores the fundamentals of the Parenting Coordination (PC) process.
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.
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.
November 20-21, 2015
A comprehensive and practical workshop designed to familiarize lawyers and other professionals with the fundamentals of family arbitration practice and law.
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
From the BLOG
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GUEST POST: Early Neutral Consultation (ENC) and Family Mediation – working together to help the process of Family Dispute Resolution
August 31, 2015
Since September 2013 a new entry point process of Early Neutral Consultation (ENC), invented in Canada, has been available for ……
Outline of a Basic Family Mediation Process: Part 7 & 8 – Documenting Possible Solutions & Creating a To-Do List
August 24, 2015
You will be extensively summarizing, re-summarizing, going back to notes made earlier, doing calculations, explaining options, and helping the parties consider ……
Outline of a Basic Family Mediation Process: Part 6 of 8 – Moving the Parties Along
August 17, 2015
It is critical for mediators, during this phase of the mediation, to balance active and non-judging listening, curious questioning and ……
What’s New at RIVERDALE
Hilary is scheduled to deliver a workshop on Friday, October 2, between 2:30 – 3:45pm at the 2015 Catalyst Conference at the Holiday Inn Midtown in New York. For further information on the event, click here.
Christine Kim will be co-instructing a one-day workshop on Oct. 16, 2015 for the OAFM, entitled “MULTI-PARTY MEDIATION:Dynamics and strategies for mediations involving more than two parties”. Click here for the training flyer.
Mark your calendars: October 22-23, 2015 – The 7th AFCC Ontario AGM & Annual Conference. Details here.
Hilary will be delivering a two-day workshop on Advanced Family Mediation at the 2015 FMC Conference, which will be held on November 13-14, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Elizabeth and Hilary are scheduled to deliver a three-day intensive ADR course at UWO Law in November 2015, as well as a course on Dispute Resolution during the winter term. More detail soon!
- 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
- 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