Identifying, Assessing & Managing IPV &
Power Imbalances in FDR (10 Hours):
An update on research, tools, case law
and best practices

"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".
(4 weeks)
October 3 – 27, 2024
(On-Demand Content)
October 23, 2024, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

This program contains 3 hours and 45 minutes of Professionalism Content and 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content.




This 10-Hour 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. Topics will include:- Update on case law and screening tools

  • Legislative changes and impact on parenting plans
  • Perspectives from our Mediators-In-Training
  • What Lawyers Who Act for DV Survivors Want You to Know
  • Screening and Managing Power Imbalance in PC cases
  • A Survivor’s Story

View our Course Policies & Terms and Conditions

* PROGRAM START AND END DATES: Each program will be open for a four-week period. During that time, participants will have access to all “on-demand” course content and are expected to complete all units independently, including pre-recorded lectures/videos, assignments, and tests/quizzes.


** LIVE TUTORIALS: Tutorials will run on select Thursdays during the four-week period of each program (see training schedule for details). This synchronous portion will include live lectures, role-play, group work, and more. In order for participants to receive their certificate of training, they MUST attend all scheduled tutorials.  Note: all scheduled tutorials are delivered via Zoom. Should public health conditions permit, we will also schedule in-person meetings for each cohort of students.

NOTE: This course is made available to those who pay and register for it only. Only those students who pay and register may attend this course. It is a violation of the contract for training to permit another person to listen or to share course materials with a person who is not registered in the course.


$300 + HST

reg. $350 + HST

Course Length
10 Hours
PROGRAM OPEN FROM: October 3 - 27, 2023. LIVE TUTORIAL: October 23, 2023
Course Leader
Hilary Linton
Guest Speakers


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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