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  • Friday, June 19, 2020 10:49 AM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

    In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, take part in one of the many events happening online, check out some reading lists or visit a museum virtually!

    You can also watch the recording of our June ADR Luncheon Webinar linked below.

    Watch Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation discuss the important work of this organization.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 12:44 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Below is the recording for our free webinar on May 20, 2020 called What is Conflict Management Coaching and How is it Being Used in the DR Field?


    Conflict Management  Coaching  (aka conflict coaching) has grown exponentially in the ADR field, and  provides a  methodology that assists people to independently manage their interpersonal disputes, or to more confidently engage in mediation and other DR process. In this hour-long webinar Cinnie Noble - a pioneer of this process -  will further define this specialized conflict management process and discuss its applications in the field of ADR. Registrants will  also hear:

    • what the discipline of coaching is and what it is not
    • why conflict management coaching was developed
    • why mediators and lawyers find the process to be a useful technique to add to their toolboxes
    • examples of real situations and how conflict coaching was used

    Presenter:

    Cinnie Noble  -  a former lawyer  -  is a Certified Mediator and a Professional Certified Coach. In 1999, after extensive experiential research, she developed the CINERGY model of Conflict Management Coaching, and since then has provided coaching and training worldwide, in this unique model, to mediators, coaches and lawyers. Cinnie is the author of two coaching books- Conflict Mastery: Questions to Guide You and Conflict Management Coaching: The CINERGY™ Model. More information may be found on www.cinergycoaching.com


  • Monday, June 08, 2020 1:45 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    We now have two ways to take our Communications in ADR course!

    This course will introduce students to the causes and effects of interpersonal conflict, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of conflict, conflict resolution styles and the cycle of conflict.
     

    In-person: 

    Six days - 40 credit hours, part 1 is three days and part 2 is three days. Students will have nightly homework, including readings and role play preparation.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Part 1: July 7-9, 2020 (Tues-Thurs)
    Part 2: July 14-16, 2020 (Tues-Thurs)

    Cost: $2200

    Details & Registration


    Online: 

    12 sessions - 40 credit hours. Students will engage in blended online learning (synchronous and asynchronous)In addition to the group sessions, students will have approximately 3-4 hours of reading and homework per week to prep for the group sessions and role-play. 

    Upcoming Dates:
    Begins July 21, 2020
    See Full Course Schedule

    Cost:
    Early Bird registration (paid by July 2): $1900 + GST
    Regular Registration (paid after July 2): $2000 + GST

    Details & Registration

  • Friday, June 05, 2020 1:33 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Last Chance to Register: June 12th

    Mediators, and allied professionals, working with parties involved in potentially high conflict mediations need to understand and manage complexity, emotional intensity, and challenges that may arise during a mediation.

    Using a trauma informed practice perspective, this course prepares mediators to manage aspects of high conflict mediations, including safety screening, dealing with parties experiencing poor mental health, addictions and substance use issues, strong emotions, and challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders. Mediators will be equipped with the tools to determine whether to proceed, and, if so, to mediate what can be high conflict discussions.

    This course is designed to be flexible to meet your learning goals. Students can choose to take the 14 hour or 28 hour course.

    Option 1: Understanding High Conflict
    Hours: 14 credit hours
    $750 members, $775 ADRIC affiliate members (non-ADRIA, includes course material courier fee), $850 non-members

    Option 2: High Conflict Mediation: Managing Conflict & Complexity in Mediation
    Hours: 28 credit hours
    $1100 members,  $1125 ADRIC affiliate members (non-ADRIA, includes course material courier fee), $1300 non-members

    Dates: 
    Option 1 & 2: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14,
    Option 2: + August 11

    Registration Deadline: June 12th
    Only 15 spots available


    Details & Registration

  • Thursday, June 04, 2020 1:29 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)


    With an opening keynote address from the Honourable Mary Moreau, Chief Justice of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

    We invite you to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting. In true 2020-style, the AGM will be entirely online through Zoom; we encourage you to bring your own wine & cheese!


    Register for the AGM

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:02 AM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Recently ADRIA has hosted several webinars and virtual events with great success. We would like to offer more webinars/virtual events of interest to ADR practitioners. 

    If you are interested in presenting, we would like to hear from you. Share your expertise in a specific area. Share some of the tools in your ADR toolbox with others in the field. Provide your perspective on a specific topic.

    Webinars or virtual events could range from 1-3 hours and are offered at no charge or for a small fee.

    Email membership@adralberta.com if you have an idea for a webinar or virtual event you would like to present. Content will need to be approved by ADRIA.


  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:55 AM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Mediators, and allied professionals, working with parties involved in potentially high conflict mediations need to understand and manage complexity, emotional intensity, and challenges that may arise during a mediation.

    Using a trauma informed practice perspective, this course prepares mediators to manage aspects of high conflict mediations, including safety screening, dealing with parties experiencing poor mental health, addictions and substance use issues, strong emotions, and challenging behaviours associated with personality disorders. Mediators will be equipped with the tools to determine whether to proceed, and, if so, to mediate what can be high conflict discussions.

    This course is designed to be flexible to meet your learning goals. Students can choose to take the 14 hour or 28 hour course.


    Option 1: Understanding High Conflict
    Hours: 14 credit hours
    $750 members, $850 non-members


    Option 2: High Conflict Mediation: Managing Conflict & Complexity in Mediation
    Hours: 28 credit hours
    $1100 members only


    Dates: 
    Option 1 & 2: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14,
    Option 2: + August 11

    Registration deadline June 9th
    Only 15 spots available

    Details & Registration
  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:12 PM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Below you will find the recorded webinar from May 12, 2020.

    Med-Arb is a distinct, innovative standalone process that is not as well known or understood by consumers of ADR services compared to mediation and arbitration.

    Med-Arb is not merely the merging of separate mediation and arbitration processes, but a unique process designed to meet the needs of particular disputants. It involves nuances and complexities that can be fine-tuned to the needs of the parties as a customized dispute resolution process, which requires a high level of practitioner competence to do successfully.

    As part of ADRIC’s roles of protecting the public and promoting best practices in ADR, the need for a designation certifying competence, experience and skills specifically in Med-Arb has been determined to be extremely important, especially as the use of Med-Arb is expanding in many areas of substantive disputes.

    The ADRIC Med-Arb designation is unique in the ADR world and provides clearly defined criteria for those practitioners who wish to obtain it. This in turn provides users of ADR services with confidence that they can rely on the specific and specialized knowledge and experience of individuals with the designation.

    By designing and implementing this designation in consultation with experienced ADR practitioners and by imposing strict requirements for members who wish to apply for the designation, ADRIC is confirming its commitment to the public and to its members as the premier ADR organization and thought leader in Canada.

    Learn about the Med-Arb process and the rules surrounding this new designation.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:44 AM | ADRIA Membership (Administrator)

    FAMILY LAW DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESSES, RULE 4.16 AMENDMENTS AND FAMILY DOCKET COURT

    May 19, 2020

    In a March 31, 2020 Announcement, the Court encouraged counsel and the public to access alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, as a means of reducing delays and reducing the backlog in the Court after the restrictions on personal attendance in our courtrooms due to Covid-19 are relaxed: https://albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/alternative-dispute-resolution-consent-orders-and-applications-to-enforce-arbitration-awards

    This announcement provides more information about the types of dispute resolution resources that are available in the Justice Ministry and in the community. As we move forward and current restrictions are relaxed, it remains important for family well-being and for the future of court operations, that counsel and the public undertake alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as a means of resolving family matters.

    The Alberta Rules of Court were amended in March of 2020 to allow a Justice to direct by order that the parties participate in a dispute resolution process. In addition, for those matters that must go to trial, parties are not permitted to request a trial date unless they provide a certificate that they have participated in a dispute resolution process. (See Rule references at the bottom of this page)

    In a May 13, 2020 Announcement, the Court launched a Family Docket Court to manage family matters more efficiently and in a way that supports families. In Family Docket Court, parties will be encouraged to attempt alternative forms of dispute resolution if they have not already done so and if it is appropriate in the circumstances.

    https://albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/launch-of-family-docket-court

    There are a number of tools, processes and alternative dispute resolution organizations available to assist in family matters, some of which are listed below for your convenience:

    PARENTING TOOLS

    There are many parenting apps that can be used to assist parents to resolve disputes and improve communication. Two of those platforms are listed below.

    coParenter – a tool to empower families to resolve their own parenting issues. The platform includes online mediation and coaching, coronavirus-related safety plans, parenting plans, holiday and vacation schedules, agreements, education and support. For a period of 60 days during the pandemic, this tool is being made available to Alberta families at no cost. For more information go to https://rfjslab.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/coparenter-is-providing-a-free-60-day-licence-for-alberta-families/#more-925 . Families can register online and begin to use the coParenter tools by clicking on this link: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ https://coparenter.page.link/1dY6

    Our Family Wizard – tools to manage schedules, track expenses, share files and communication are contained within this app, so parents can solve parenting challenges faster and without confusion: www.ourfamilywizard.ca/

    MEDIATION

    Mediation is a family-centered conflict resolution process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) helps the participants negotiate a consensual, informed and fair agreement. Mediators can be found through the organizations listed below.

    Alberta Justice, Resolution Services, Family Mediation – a voluntary service to help parents and families resolve issues that affect their children. To qualify for this service, one of the parties must have a gross income of less than $40,000 per year, both parties must agree to participate, and there must be at least one dependent child who is either under 18, or over 18 and eligible for continued child support: https://www.alberta.ca/family-mediation.aspx

    Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS) – a professional association of family mediators and parenting coordinators in Alberta: https://afms.ca/

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) – a professional association of mediators, arbitrators and other ADR practitioners in Alberta: https://www.adralberta.com/

    OTHER ALBERTA JUSTICE PROGRAMS FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION

    Alberta Justice, Resolution Services, Dispute Resolution Officer Program  (DRO) –  Calgary. This program is for all parties in Calgary who have a child support dispute in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Parties must attend a DRO session prior to their court appearance. If an agreement on child support is reached, a Consent Order may be drafted and their dispute resolved: https://www.alberta.ca/dispute-resolution-officer-program.aspx or email DRO.Calgary@gov.ab.ca

    Alberta Justice, Resolution Services, Child Support Resolution Program (CSR) Edmonton – This program is for self-represented parties in Edmonton who have a child support dispute. Self-represented parties must attend a CSR session prior to making an application for child support in the Court of Queen’s Bench. If an agreement on child support is reached, a Consent Order may be drafted and their dispute resolved: https://www.alberta.ca/child-support-resolution-program.aspx or email csr.edmonton@gov.ab.ca

    COLLABORATIVE FAMILY PROFESSIONALS

    Collaborative practice is a process that enables separating or divorcing spouses to create their own divorce (or separation) agreement with the support of specially trained professionals. It allows parties to resolve disputes without resort to a third-party decision maker, and may include legal, mental health, financial and other experts as needed. In Alberta, there is a provincial organization: Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association https://collaborativepractice.ca/ and six regional associations of collaborative divorce professionals:

    A “Find a Professional” link at the top of the Collaborative Divorce Association of Alberta home page, allows a search for professionals by region.

    PARENTING COORDINATION AND PARENTING EXPERTS

    The role of a Registered Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator (RPCA) is to help with communication and cooperation between parents for the purpose of effectively co-parenting their children. A parenting expert is a member of a regulated profession that recognizes for the purposes of registration a combination of education, training, experience, and continuous learning.

    Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS) – a professional association of family mediators and parenting coordinators in Alberta: https://afms.ca/

    AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) Alberta Chapter https://www.afccalberta.org/referral-list

    ARBITRATION

    Arbitrators are independent decision-makers, appointed by contract to settle a dispute. You can find an arbitrator for family matters at the websites listed below.

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) – a professional association of mediators, arbitrators and other ADR practitioners in Alberta: https://www.adralberta.com/

    FamilyCounsel.ca is an online community for Alberta family lawyers, which includes a link to family law arbitrators, mediators and other family law related experts: https://familycounsel.ca/experts.php

    ALBERTA RULES OF COURT REFERENCES:

    Rule 4.16 is amended by adding the following after subrule (3):

    (4)  A case management judge or a case conference judge may, on application or on the Court’s own motion, by order direct that the parties participate in a dispute resolution process.

    (5)  In determining whether an order under subrule (4) should be made, the case management judge or case conference judge may consider all relevant circumstances, including

    (a) the issues in the litigation,

    (b) the nature of the cause of action and the relief claimed,

    (c) the identity, relationship and means of the parties,

    (d) whether the action has proceeded to a stage at which alternative dispute resolution is likely to be successful, including whether record production and questioning are sufficiently advanced to support the dispute resolution process, and

    (e) whether any of the factors in subrule (2) justify delaying, modifying or dispensing with the need to participate in a dispute resolution process.

    (6)  As part of an order made under subrule (4), the case management judge or case conference judge may give directions respecting any aspect of the dispute resolution process, including

    (a) the identity of a neutral third party to be involved in the process,

    (b) where an equal sharing of the expenses is not appropriate, directions apportioning the responsibility of each party for the expenses of the neutral third party and other disbursements relating to the process,

    (c) the time, location, structure or conduct of the process, and

    (d) the consequences of the failure of any party to comply with any directions, or to pay its share of the expenses.

    Rule 8.4 of the Alberta Rules of Court

    Rule 8.4(3)(a)(i) requires parties requesting a trial date to provide a certificate that they have participated in at least one of the dispute resolution processes described in Rule 4.16(1).

    Note: The Court of Queen's Bench does not endorse nor take responsibility for the services listed and is providing this list to the public only for information purposes.


  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:03 AM | Kristy Rhyason (Administrator)

    Applications are accepted until June 30th for Qualified Mediator (Q.Med), Chartered Mediator (C.Med), Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb) and Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb). Make sure to include reference letters, transcripts, supervised mock mediation forms, etc. 

    Remember that ADRIA has also introduced a fee holiday for any Chartered applications received in 2020 and the $200 application fee will be waived. 
      
    For more information:

    The next application window will be in October 2020.
     
    If you have any questions, please email Sandra at education@adralberta.com.


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