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 – Winter 2017

January 12 & 13, 2017
Advanced Parenting Coordination
January 25 & 26 / 27, 2017
Family Relations * N  E  W    C  O  U  R  S  E *
February 15, 16 & 17, 2017*
Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
March 20, 21 & 22 / 23, 2017*
Family Law

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, 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.

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Hilary Linton

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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

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January 5-6, 2017
Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
*Limited seating*
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)
* N  E  W    C  O  U  R  S  E *
 – CPD Pending – 


January 25 & 26 / 27, 2017
Family Relations (14 / 21 Hours)
* N  E  W    C  O  U  R  S  E *
 – 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. 


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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.

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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!




  • 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.

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