10-Hour Update
on Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalances and Risk In FDR

Materials very good; well-organized; provides for re-visiting and referencing. Your experience and insight provided a basis for meaningful answers and insights over a broad range of mediation issues.

This one-day intensive program is designed to provide the bi-annual training on “screening for power imbalances” in arbitration as required by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. Using lectures, real case studies, statute and case law review, social science research and precedents, students will be introduced to:

  • What are the predictors of risk?
  • Examples of high-risk cases
  • Culture and Power Imbalance in FDR practice
  • Demonstration of a screening/intake interview
  • Screening in court-connected mediation and in med-arb.
  • Understanding suicide risks
  • Understanding safety planning
  • Effective third-party screening processes

$325 + HST

September 24, 2021


Guest Speakers


10-Hours (8:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Hilary Linton


Excellent Guest Speakers! Very up-to-date and current with the situation of the pandemic.

My experiences with Riverdale Mediation courses has been exemplary. Each course I have taken is full of valuable, relevant content and learning sessions that truly teach us. The 10-hour Update on Identifying, Accessing and Managing Power Imbalances and risk in FDR continues in that stead. It was a wonderfully jam-packed day that included content that I would never had known had I not attended the course. Thanks to Hilary and Elizabeth for providing another Riverdale Mediation course that does not disappoint and has advanced my understanding of this important issue. Given the focus of the new Divorce Act on domestic violence, this course is a must-attend for all.

— Kathy Batycky

Speakers were engaging and topics discussed were current and relevant.

You did an excellent job of delivering the training and I genuinely appreciate your dedication to the job at hand. You added a lot of value to the process. Thanks.

In addition to always-valuable, hard-core training regarding Screening, I was impressed by the multiple-intelligences approach; such as cultural competence/sensitivity, emotional intelligence, even the significance of pets (who knew)! Also, the training/agenda did a good job speaking to attendees such as myself who provide mediation/arbitration services to folks who are represented by and attending with counsel, as well as to others who work with self-represented by parties, often at court sites.

(I liked) the reviewing of updated information.

Comprehensive. Good training materials. Nice venue. Bright and well lit room.

(Great) diversity of participants – backgrounds, knowledge, and skill level, enthusiasm and openness to sharing.

Fabulous resource material. Hilary and Christine are impeccably professional generous with their knowledge.

High level of intellectual content – much of it “new” information and presenters are current.

A wide variety of issues with very practical applications.

Very important subject matter presented in a very helpful way.

I am surprised by how much I learned. Not because of the instruction, but because I came in feeling that I had been through this type of material several times before. Thank you for the ongoing education and a change to revisit what I thought I knew.

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