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.
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
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January 5-6, 2017
Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
This course has been accredited for 0.75 Professionalism Hours, and is eligible for up to 12 hours of Substantive Content.
January 12 & 13, 2017
Advanced Parenting Coordination (Practicum) (14 Hours)
This course has been accredited for 4.75 Professionalism Hours, and is eligible for up to 8.25 hours of Substantive Content.
January 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2017
Family Arbitration Law & Skills (40 Hours)
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This course has been accredited for 5 Professionalism Hours, and is eligible for up to 35 hours of Substantive Content.
January 25 & 26 / 27, 2017
Family Relations (14 / 21 Hours)
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– CPD Pending –
February 15, 16 & 17, 2017*
Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
(Conflict, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution) (21 Hours)
This program contains 8.5 Professionalism Hours, and is eligible for up to 12.5 hours of Substantive Content.
March 20, 21 & 22 / 23, 2017*
Family Law (21/30 Hours)
This program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours. However, it is eligible for 26 hours of Substantive Content.
April 24, 25 & 26, 2017*
Screening for Family Violence, Abuse, and Power Imbalances (21 Hours)
This course has been accredited for 4.75 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 16.25 hours of Substantive Content.
May 11, 12, 15, 16 & 17, 2017*
Family Mediation Skills (40 Hours)
This program has been accredited for 7.5 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 32.5 hours of Substantive Content.
May 25, 2017
Duty of Care for Family Law Professionals (10-Hour Update)
This program has been accredited for 3.0 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 7.0 hours of Substantive Content.
Our Training Booklet contains detailed information on all courses offered! Information on course content and available packages. Click the image above to view/download file.
From the BLOG
Read more blog posts
What is mediation?: rantings from a family mediator
February 16, 2017
I was recently told by a client that her lawyer discouraged her from trying mediation, claiming it is too “touchy-feely”. This rant is for that lawyer…. Continue Reading What is mediation?: rantings from a family mediator
Coach your Client to be a Better Negotiator: Tips for Negotiating Effectively
February 2, 2017
ADR professionals are, by definition, skilled negotiators. What attitudes, skills, and strategies do we already have to help coach our… Continue Reading Coach your Client to be a Better Negotiator: Tips for Negotiating Effectively
Children’s Interviews in the Parenting Coordination Process
January 25, 2017
Though parents are ultimately the decision makers, and the children do not have the same decision-making authority, parents decisions can… Continue Reading Children’s Interviews in the Parenting Coordination Process
What’s New at RIVERDALE
- Our 2017 Training Schedule is out! Our courses for OAFM, FDRIO, ADRIO designations are filling up. Check it out here!
- mediate393 inc. is currently seeking qualified professionals for the role of Information Referral Coordinator (IRC), and accredited or certified family mediators, to work in Toronto’s courts. Please view flyer for more details.
- If you are in Halifax April 7-8, 2017, you might what to register for the two day workshop Hilary is delivering on Screening for Power Imbalances and Family Violence in Collaborative and Mediation processes. Click here for more information.
Read More News
- Duty of Care for Family Dispute Resolution Professionals, Mary Jo Franchi-Rothecker, Accendus Group Newsletter # 3, June 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