Basic Family Mediation: Theory & Skills (40 Hours)

Excellent course! Elizabeth and Hilary are great, as are the presenters that were brought in. Lots of information, great environment for learning. Looking forward to my next course with Riverdale!

This program contains 4 hours of Professionalism Content and 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.



This intensive five-day program is designed to provide the fundamentals of family mediation. Featuring experienced mediators and academics in conflict theory and analysis; seminal readings about conflict, disputing and mediation; role plays; case studies; exercises; class discussion; take-home assignments;  and extensive resource information.

  • Basic mediation theory and skills
  • The skills and attitudes of good mediators
  • Various dispute resolution processes
  • The nature, causes and “drivers” of conflict
  • Conflict analysis
  • Addressing power imbalances in mediation process design
  • Overview of mediation ethics, standards & roles
  • Sources of negotiation power that parties have or believe they have, and how this impacts family dispute resolution
  • Preparing a family mediation agreement
  • Setting the mediation table
  • Debriefing and reporting
  • Different approaches to mediation
  • Drafting settlement documents
  • Communication and problem-solving skills



For further savings see:

Family Mediation Course Package A for Family Lawyers

Family Mediation Course Package B for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs)

Family Mediation Course Package C for Other Professionals

$2,050 + HST

April 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23, 2021


Guest Speakers


9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde

(1) 21-Hours in "Screening for Power Imbalances" training, and/or
(2) 30 Hours in "Family Law" training


Thank you for all your work during this very high-quality mediation training. I am so impressed with the depth and sophistication of the training and approach to mediation.

— Retired family court judge

Wonderful coaches and Mediators who are impacted knowledge with a lot of enthusiasm. Thanks so much for providing quality training.

The interactive nature often course. The teachers did a great job of sharing personal stories reflecting core materials which allowed for greater understanding. Really enjoyed the stories the whole class discussion brought.

I really liked watching an example of an opening and hear the different approaches from the speakers. I liked the checklists provided for preparing for the mediation and important information to include in the opening.

I thought the question/answer/tips from the pros part was incredibly helpful! And as usual, the role-play.

The effective use of time. The delivery of important information was thorough yet succinct, leaving time for questions and role-play.

Excellent sequence and logic to presentation of material. Very engaging and interesting…

Collegial, pleasant atmosphere and I liked the people.

Clear Information, helpful teachers, open to answering and addressing all questions and concerns.

I liked the enthusiasm of the instructors, the applicability of the theory and the problems we see daily in practice.

An excellent overview of the field as a whole, and I understand clearly how much I have to learn!

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