Screening for Power Imbalances Including Family Violence (21 Hours)


October 16, 17 & 18, 2017


Toronto, ON (Location TBD)


9:00 am – 5:00 pm


CPD logo - V2This course has been accredited for 4.75 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 16.25 hours of Substantive Content. 

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. The trainer, Hilary Linton has taught lawyers, mediators, collaborative practitioners and arbitrators in the U.K., the U.S., British Columbia, Nunavut and across Ontario, including staff at Legal Aid Ontario and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Speakers, co-trainers, skilled coaches and professional actors supplement the lectures. Case studies, role plays and exercises are designed to teach family law professionals how to identify, assess and manage risk and power imbalances in their practices. Topics Include:

  • Understanding all sources of negotiation power and how they affect the parties
  • Appreciating the power of the mediator/arbitrator
  • How to recognize different types of family violence
  • A wide range of screening tools and reports
  • Best screening practices in family arbitration
  • How to safely refer clients to more appropriate processes
  • Safety planning and referrals to supportive resources
  • How to handle suicide risks
  • When to report to authorities
  • How to adapt your practice to meet the procedural needs of the parties


Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde with coaches and professional actors


  • Standard Cost: $950 (plus HST=$1073.50)
  • Early Bird Rate: $900 (plus HST=$1017) – paid before September 16, 2017

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Seats available.


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Registration closes 5 days prior to the start of the course. Full payment is due before registration can be confirmed.

Course Cancellation Policy:

(1) A 15% admin fee (plus HST) will be charged on cancellations made more than 14 days before the start date of the training date; (2) For cancellation requests received less than 14 days before the start date of the training, we reserve the right to not issue a refund given the expenses incurred to accommodate the participant, such as overhead, training materials, food and instructor costs.

We reserve the right to change program content, speakers and locations without notice. We reserve the right to cancel any workshop and will provide a 100% refund in such circumstances.


“(I liked) The role plays, ability to speak and hear others comments, not “lecture style”. (I like) Hilary’s passion and Elizabeth’s sense of humour…great instructors!” –  Nicole Lawson

“Great organization of workshop days and material; Hands-on role playing and discussions; I found the use of the professional actors, coaches, and feedback absolutely excellent!” – Sandra Palmer

“Valuable information for all family lawyers, delivered in a practical and productive format by leading faculty.” – Martha McCarthy, Toronto Family Lawyer

“…I definitely see the value in it (role play). It is extremely important to practice and hone your skills.”

“Great material, great discussion. Loved the input from coaches. Wonderful opportunity for self-reflection.”

“I found both the course and materials provided to be very helpful. The precedents for screening have proven invaluable in my practice.” – Brenda Christen, Toronto Family Lawyer

“The depth and overall material covered in this course were very useful.” Rashell Freedman

“Role plays and feedback were very worthwhile; Materials (manual & readings) are excellent.” – Andrea Nauf

“Really great course content. Both the presentations and written materials were interesting and helpful. Really opened my eyes.”

“Your work offers us the ability to make our mediation and collaborative process safe. It offered me a whole new way of working, of being able to reach far further along the continuum of challenging couples and of doing this work with far more satisfaction.” – James Pirrie, Solicitor, Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator, Family Law in Partnership, London, U.K.


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