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  Riverdale Mediation peace of mind, don't settle for less  
  The Official Newsletter of Riverdale Mediation Fall 2011  

Family Mediation Information Night: Wine & Cheese

Toronto: December 1st, 2011 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Want to become a family mediator?
Come to our Family Mediation Information Night!

Meet accredited mediators who are working in Ontario family courts, mediators in private practice and trainers. Find out what you need to know about entering the field. The night's discussions will include:Wine & Cheese

  • How to build a successful private practice
  • Training options
  • Question and Answers with mediators in the field
  • How to become accredited
  • Internship opportunities
  • Work possibilities

Group leaders include: Elizabeth Hyde, Christine Kim, Heather Swartz, Antoinette Clark, Barbara Benoliel, Christine Kim, Hilary Linton and mediators from Toronto-area family courts.

Space is limited, so register today. Please contact our Administrator Heather Glen: [email protected] or by telephone at 416.593.0210

Table of Contents

• What's Happening at Riverdale
• Our Training Schedule Begins in Spring
• Featured Article
• Most Recent Blog Posts
• Meet Two of our New Interns
• In other News
• Follow Riverdale Mediation

Our Courses

• 30 Hours Family Law
   February 28 to March 2, 2012

• 10 Hours Update in Screening for
   Power Imbalances March 5, 2012

• Screening for Power Imbalances,
    Including Domestic Violence
    April 2, & 3, 2012
• Basic Family Mediation and Negotiation
   May 3, 4, 7, 8, & 9, 2012

What’s Happening at Riverdale Mediation

We just finished our final training of the year, a hugely successful Advanced Family Mediation and Negotiation workshop. Here is some of the feedback we received:

"Another excellent learning experience—skilled, experienced presenters with comprehensive coverage of an intricate subject matter." – Judy Lacey

"This was an extremely interesting and engaging course. A great group of presenters!"
– Cathi Wentworth

"Great course—I'm sure we could have talked for a long time on every subject.
Thanks for the great insights and inspiration."
– Karen Killawee

Our Screening for Power Imbalances Workshop was so successful…… that the class has formed an informal Mediation Discussion Group! The group had its first meeting at Alice Fazooli's November 16.

Elizabeth Hyde is now on the Executive of the ADR section of the OBA and editor of the news letter. Elizabeth recently spoke at Osgoode Hall law school on the practice of Family Mediation and will be speaking in January on a LSUC panel on ADR.

Hilary Linton was a panelist at the annual Federation of Asian-Canadian Lawyers conference November 12, speaking on "Effective Advocacy in Mediation and Arbitration".

Our Training Schedule Begins Again in the Spring

30 Hours Family Law February 28 to March 2, 2012 for mental health professionals, paralegals, mediators and arbitrators. Required training for non-lawyer family arbitrators under the Arbitration Act Regulation. Co-trainers: Hilary Linton & Elizabeth Hyde with guest speakers.

10 Hours Update in Screening for Power Imbalances, March 5, 2012. Advanced workshop builds on 14 hour course. Client screening research and practice in mediation, arbitration, and collaborative practice. Required every two years for all family arbitrators.
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 1.5 professionalism Hours for experienced members.

14 Hours Screening for Power Imbalances, Including Domestic Violence, April 2, & 3, 2012. Intensive, role-play based workshop covers current research and screening tools used by mediators, mediator-arbitrators, third party screeners and collaborative practitioners. Required for family arbitrators. 
This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 13 New Member Hours and 3.5 Professionalism Hours. Eligible for family mediation accreditation.

Basic Family Mediation and Negotiation May 3, 4, 7, 8, & 9, 2012. Our annual five day workshop featuring Hilary Linton, Dr. Barbara Fidler, guest presenters, professional actors and coaches. Hear what one of our attendees had to say:

“Instructors overall were excellent, very knowledgeable about each topic and able to offer very different perspectives.” – Shira Glick

This program has been accredited by the Law Society for 5 professionalism Hours for experienced members.

Featured Article

Family  Mediation  in  Canada:  A  brief  history*

– Hilary Linton 2011

Since  the  1968  Divorce  Act,  which  encouraged  the  use  of  counselling  and   conciliation  services,  family  mediation  has  been  an  increasingly  important  part  of   our  divorce  and  separation  landscape. To read the full article click here.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Meet Two of our New Interns

Dorete Sivkin, MSW, RSW

Dorete Over the last 28 years, Dorete has dedicated her professional life to providing Child and Family Counselling services. Since earning both Bachelor of Social Work (Haifa University) and Master of Social Work (Fordham University) degrees, she has continuously upgraded her skills as an Individual and Family Counsellor, and in the last several years as a Family Mediator, Collaborative Family Specialist and Parent Coordinator.

Separation, divorce and co-parenting are some of the difficult issues that many families may be experiencing, and she feels honoured to be able to help them deal with and overcome these difficult issues.

"I look forward to my continued Mediation training with the tremendous team of Mediators at Riverdale Mediation!"

Robyn HurleyRobyn Hurley, B.A., LL.B.

Robyn Hurley, B.A., LL.B. is a family lawyer with a collaborative focus. She is currently in the process of becoming an accredited member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Robyn's professional background also includes public interest work in the fields of municipal law, planning and social housing.

In Other News

ICAP Conference in San Francisco

We attended this excellent conference in October where we collaborated with colleagues from across Canada, the US and the UK. One of the most interesting discussions, for us, focused on how mediation screening processes can best be adapted for collaborative practice.

Mediate393 Update

Toronto's on-site and off-site mediation program at the Superior Court of Justice at 393 University is off to a strong start. We have had fantastic support from the judges, the bar and the public. Anyone in court can have two hours of no-cost mediation every day of the week. Longer cases are scheduled for full day subsidized mediations on the 20th floor. Based on the feedback from the bench, bar and mediation clients, the provision of on-site mediation (and highly subsidized off-site family mediation for anyone who requests it) is a great asset. For more information visit our website www.mediate393.ca or call 416.593.5393.

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