Screening for Power Imbalances Including Intimate Partner Violence (21 Hours)

"Good clarity on types of violence, how to recognize, and a good focus on the purpose of the screening process as distinct from the mediation itself".
(Self-Directed Learning)
November 5 – December 3, 2024

November 12, 2024, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (EST)
November 19, 2024, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm (EST)
November 26, 2024, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm (EST)

This program contains 14 hours and 05 minutes of Professionalism Content and 2 hours and 15 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.

Knowing how to identify, assess and manage power in family dispute resolution (FDR) is critical for effective family mediation, parenting coordination, arbitration and collaborative practice.

In particular, knowing how to identify the factors that predict a risk of harm, and how to assess and safely manage family violence, is a fundamental competency for all FDR professionals.

Course developer and lead trainer, Hilary Linton, has provided equivalent training for family law professionals for government or regulatory agencies in British Columbia, Nunavut, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. She also has privately trained lawyers, arbitrators, parenting coordinators, mediators and collaborative professionals in the U.K., the U.S., South Africa, and across Canada.

Coaches are all experienced mediators and screening coaches.

Guest speakers are knowledgeable and relevant.

Using a combination of recorded and live lectures, online testing, self-study, small group discussion of case studies, coached role plays with feedback, this course is 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
  • Acknowledging the power of the mediator/arbitrator/parenting coordinator
  • Current research findings about Intimate Partner Violence in family law matters
  • Current research about the use of different dispute resolution processes for separating couples where IPV is present
  • How to identify, assess and manage family violence in the FDR file
  • A wide range of screening tools and guides
  • Best screening practices in mediation, parenting coordination and arbitration
  • When and how to safely refer clients to more appropriate processes
  • Safety planning tools and resources
  • How to handle suicide risks
  • Confidentiality and exceptions
  • When and how to report a child in need of protection
  • Working with no-contact orders

Course Manual, presentation slides, selected readings and case law.

For further savings, please see Course Packages page.

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How our Courses Work:


Each course is ‘open’ for roughly a four-week period. During that time, participants will have access to on-demand content for self-directed learning. Learners are required to complete the self-directed modules (including quizzes) before each mandatory-attendance Tutorial Session.

 Live online Tutorials are scheduled at regular intervals during the course. Attendance is mandatory (see Training Schedule for dates and times of each). Led by experienced coaches, the Tutorials feature interactive role plays, small group discussion, case study and one-on-one feedback. Participants MUST attend all scheduled tutorials in order to receive their Certificate of Completion.



Each module of each course includes quizzes. Students must achieve at least a passing grade on all quizzes to advance to the next module or course, and to receive their Certificate of Completion for that course.


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.

Course Length
21 Hours
Fall 2024
Course opens:
November 5, 2024
Mandatory Tutorials:
November 12, 19 & 26, 2024
Online (Synchronous & Asynchronous content)
Lindsay Kertland, and more.
Family Law (30 Hours) (for non-lawyers)

Great organization of workshop days and material; Hands-on role-playing and discussions; I found the use of the coaches and feedback absolutely excellent!

I wanted to thank you... You really provide so much useful information and practical application within your online courses. It's amazing how much you provide in three days. I learned so much!

The role playing provided excellent practice even though it was humbling because I was unfamiliar with what I needed to do.

Valuable information for all family lawyers, delivered in a practical and productive format by leading faculty.

Everyone (especially Hillary) participated in a professional and respectful manner when addressing all questions, comments and concerns throughout the program that facilitated a positive learning environment.

The presenter was excellent. She was quite knowledgeable with the material, and kept it interesting and interactive. I enjoyed watching the role plays.

The role play with coaches was excellent for applying what we have learned, and for finding out where more learning needs to happen.

(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!

…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.

The depth and overall material covered in this course were very useful.

Role plays and feedback were very worthwhile; Materials (manual & readings) are excellent.

Her presentation resulted in a redrafting of our intake forms in order to take advantage of her expertise.

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.

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