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ADRIA supports students in integrating the communication and conflict resolution skills they learn in our training by offering Learner Sessions, Professional Development, Coach Lists, and Online Practice Sessions. 


Learner Sessions

Starting in October 2017 ADRIA started a new initiative to offer Learner Sessions, introducing new mediators to discussions on techniques and process. Learner Sessions are an opportunity for students and new mediators to take learning beyond the classroom and build a network of peers.  The first part of each session will have an initial topic for discussion with time for Q&A.  Following the discussion, you can form groups with your peers to practice your negotiation or mediation skills.  Each session is hosted by an experienced coach/mediator to answer your skills-based questions.

These sessions are offered at no cost however member registration is required.


Upcoming Opportunities

    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Edmonton
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    An ADRIA Event

    This three-session role-play practice package is for those that wish to practice their mediation skills in role-play.

    Participants will be placed in groups of three or four and assigned role-plays in which they will be either the mediator, one of the parties or in the case of groups of four, an observer.

    The schedule for the three-sessions will be assigned in advance and emailed to the participants. For each group there will be two role-plays per session and over the course of the three sessions, each participant will have the opportunity to mediate at least twice. (Exact number will vary depending on the number of participants that register and some role-plays may be co-mediations.)

    Each group will have a coach that will provide feedback on skill integration. The coaches will not be doing skill drills, or completing role-play evaluation forms.

    The focus on these sessions is role-play practice with verbal feedback from the coaches. Participants are welcome to record their role-play (when they are the mediator) however recording devices will not be provided by ADRIA.

    Location:

    Millbourne Market Mall

    #225, Tower 1, 3697 Millwoods Road NW

    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6


    Dates:

    Series A: October 30, November 13 & November 27

    Alternate Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


    Registration:

    Registration is only open to ADRIA members that have completed mediation training.


    Registration closes two weeks in advance. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.

    Letters of completion:

    Letters of completion will be emailed upon request. Full attendance of all three sessions represents 7 credit hours. Letters of completion and credit hours will only be provided to those that attend all three sessions. 


    Payment:

    Payment is due at time of registration. No cancellations, refunds or series transfers. Refunds will only be issued if the class is cancelled by ADRIA.

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Buffet Royale - West, 17202 95 Ave NW, Edmonton
    • 39
    Register

    An ADRIA Professional Development Event 


    Unconscious Bias

    The neutrality of a mediator or arbitrator is one of the core principles of both mediation and arbitration. Consequently, maintaining neutrality is an essential skill the mediator/arbitrator must master. This workshop is intended to help you understand how unconscious biases influence neutrality, learn how to raise awareness about one’s own unconscious biases and what techniques to use to interrupt biases.


    Learning Goals

    ·        Exploration of unconscious biases

    ·        Skills to create awareness 

    ·        Techniques to interrupt biases


    Target Group:   Practicing Mediators and Arbitrators


    Presentation Style:  Highly interactive


    Materials:  Handouts will be provided


    Start the training with lunch and a luncheon speaker - included in your registration. 


    Luncheon Topic: How Not to Forget Everything You're Going to Learn This Afternoon. Presenter: Dr. Joel Rothaizer. Full luncheon details available here.


    Edmonton: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (1-4pm)


    Registration: 11:30 – 12:00

    Luncheon speaker: 12:00 – 12:45

    Training: 1:00 – 4:00


    Cost:  $75 members, $85 non-members. Price includes the cost of the ADR luncheon.


    CEE credits: 6 points


    Presenter: Georg Stratemeyer


    Georg has been mediating for 20 years and teaching mediation and conflict management courses for almost as long. His experience includes mediation in areas such as workplace mediation, child protection mediation, multi-generational conflict, partnership disputes, team dysfunction, marital separations, and disruptions in Indigenous communities. Georg currently teaches conflict resolution at University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. He has a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and published articles about mediation on his blog - georgstratemeyer.com, mediate.com and academia.edu.

    Location 

    Buffet Royale - West, 17202 95 Ave NW, Edmonton

    Registration

    Register in advance online.




    • Wednesday, November 06, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Edmonton
    • 24
    Register

    An ADRIA Event


    So you’ve completed your National Introductory Mediation training and you are looking to enhance your mediation skills. One of the things you’ve been told is to “probe deeper”. You are still wondering exactly how to do that and which questions are most effective to accomplish that task.

    In the first hour we will discuss the topic of “probing beneath the surface”. Then in the second half of the session you will be given an opportunity to practice your skills.

    This session will be facilitated by Gloria Lechky

    Location:

    Milbourne Market Mall
    #225, Tower 1
    3697 Mill Woods Road NW 
    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

    Or 

    Online (contact "education" to request details no later than 1 day before session)

    Please register even if you plan to join us online so we can gauge the number of those attending. 

    Registration closes one day before session.

    If you are no longer planning to attend the session, you are asked to cancel ahead of time (send email to education at adralberta.com).

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.


    • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Danish Canadian Club, 727 - 11 Ave. SW, Calgary
    • 40
    Register

    An ADRIA Professional Development Event 


    Unconscious Bias

    The neutrality of a mediator or arbitrator is one of the core principles of both mediation and arbitration. Consequently, maintaining neutrality is an essential skill the mediator/arbitrator must master. This workshop is intended to help you understand how unconscious biases influence neutrality, learn how to raise awareness about one’s own unconscious biases and what techniques to use to interrupt biases.


    Learning Goals

    ·        Exploration of unconscious biases

    ·        Skills to create awareness 

    ·        Techniques to interrupt biases


    Target Group:   Practicing Mediators and Arbitrators


    Presentation Style:  Highly interactive


    Materials:  Handouts will be provided


    Start the training with lunch and a luncheon speaker - included in your registration. Details to follow.


    Calgary: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (1-4pm)


    Registration: 11:30 – 12:00

    Luncheon speaker: 12:00 – 12:45

    Training: 1:00 – 4:00


    Cost:  $75 members, $85 non-members. Price includes the cost of the ADR luncheon.


    CEE credits: 6 points


    Presenter: Georg Stratemeyer


    Georg has been mediating for 20 years and teaching mediation and conflict management courses for almost as long. His experience includes mediation in areas such as workplace mediation, child protection mediation, multi-generational conflict, partnership disputes, team dysfunction, marital separations, and disruptions in Indigenous communities. Georg currently teaches conflict resolution at University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. He has a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and published articles about mediation on his blog - georgstratemeyer.com, mediate.com and academia.edu.

    Location 

    Danish Canadian Club, 727 - 11 Ave. SW, Calgary

    Registration

    Register in advance online.




    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Edmonton
    • 9
    Register

    An ADRIA Event

    This three-session role-play practice package is for those that wish to practice their mediation skills in role-play.

    Participants will be placed in groups of three or four and assigned role-plays in which they will be either the mediator, one of the parties or in the case of groups of four, an observer.

    The schedule for the three-sessions will be assigned in advance and emailed to the participants. For each group there will be two role-plays per session and over the course of the three sessions, each participant will have the opportunity to mediate at least twice. (Exact number will vary depending on the number of participants that register and some role-plays may be co-mediations.)

    Each group will have a coach that will provide feedback on skill integration. The coaches will not be doing skill drills, or completing role-play evaluation forms.

    The focus on these sessions is role-play practice with verbal feedback from the coaches. Participants are welcome to record their role-play (when they are the mediator) however recording devices will not be provided by ADRIA.

    Location:

    Millbourne Market Mall

    #225, Tower 1, 3697 Millwoods Road NW

    Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6


    Dates:

    SeriesB: January 15, January 29 & February 12

    Alternate Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    You must attend all 3 sessions 


    Registration:

    Registration is only open to ADRIA members that have completed mediation training.


    Registration closes two weeks in advance. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.

    Letters of completion:

    Letters of completion will be emailed upon request. Full attendance of all three sessions represents 7 credit hours. Letters of completion and credit hours will only be provided to those that attend all three sessions. 


    Payment:

    Payment is due at time of registration. No cancellations, refunds or series transfers. Refunds will only be issued if the class is cancelled by ADRIA.

    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • Calgary
    • 8
    Register

    An ADRIA Event

    This three-session role-play practice package is for those that wish to practice their mediation skills in role-play.

    Participants will be placed in groups of three or four and assigned role-plays in which they will be either the mediator, one of the parties or in the case of groups of four, an observer.

    The schedule for the three-sessions will be assigned in advance and emailed to the participants. For each group there will be two role-plays per session and over the course of the three sessions, each participant will have the opportunity to mediate at least twice. (Exact number will vary depending on the number of participants that register and some role-plays may be co-mediations.)

    Each group will have a coach that will provide feedback on skill integration. The coaches will not be doing skill drills, or completing role-play evaluation forms.

    The focus on these sessions is role-play practice with verbal feedback from the coaches. Participants are welcome to record their role-play (when they are the mediator) however recording devices will not be provided by ADRIA.

    Location:

    TBD


    Dates:

    SeriesB: January 15, January 29 & February 12

    Alternate Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    You must attend all 3 sessions 


    Registration:

    Registration is only open to ADRIA members that have completed mediation training.


    Registration closes two weeks in advance. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.

    Letters of completion:

    Letters of completion will be emailed upon request. Full attendance of all three sessions represents 7 credit hours. Letters of completion and credit hours will only be provided to those that attend all three sessions. 


    Payment:

    Payment is due at time of registration. No cancellations, refunds or series transfers. Refunds will only be issued if the class is cancelled by ADRIA.

Mediation Role-Play Intensive

This two-day intensive mediation role-play training is designed to help you get to the next level of skill integration. Expect to be challenged.

This training involves one hour of skill review and three back-to-back role plays each day. Over the course of the two-days, each person will be skilled twice and unskilled up to four times. For each role-play the mediator will be given one-hour to role-play, time for reflection, and 30 minutes of feedback from your coach. Role-players will also be expected to provide feedback on each role-play. Coaches will not hold back; feedback will be robust and comprehensive, intended to elevate your skill integration. If you are not interested in this intense format, please do not sign up.

This is not a beginner mediation role-play group. This is designed for students who have completed mediation training, are committed to practicing their mediation skills, and have already worked to integrate their skills outside the classroom.  The course has been created as an option for students who would like to participate with a committed group with direct coach feedback, in addition to any role-play practice groups or private coaching they are already a part of.

Students must apply to take this training in order to ensure that the group comprises participants that are at a similar level of training and expertise. When you have been approved, an invoice will be emailed, and you will be enrolled in the training.

More details and application

Edmonton Intensives

  • No upcoming events

Calgary Intensives

  • No upcoming events

Private Coaching

After you have completed the Communications in ADR or the National Introductory Mediation course, you may wonder how to integrate your skills and move to the next level.  Many students decide to get together with their classmates to create practice groups.  This is a great idea to start building your skills and your professional network.  

Once you have practiced with your cohort, you are encouraged to engage a coach to help make sure you are not developing bad habits, neglecting key skills, and to bring you to the next level.  A coach can join a practice group to give general feedback, or can give role-play feedback and one-on-one coaching.  

Coaches can help you prepare for:

          • Communications in ADR reevaluations 
          • National Introductory Mediation reevaluations
          • Supervised Mock Mediations for a Q.Med designation 
          • Role-Play portion of a job application process
          • Or, if you have been out of practice for a while

Contact Jocelyn for a list of coaches in your area.  Even if you are not in Calgary or Edmonton we may have a coach in your area of the province.  If we do not, take a look at our Online Practice Sessions (below).  Some of our evaluations can even be done online.

Coaches are private contractors and rates vary.  Please contact coaches for rates.

Online Practice Sessions

Using a web-based platform, learners can connect with each other from anywhere in the province to role-play negotiation or mediation scenarios while one of our experienced coaches observes and provides feedback and guidance. 

Register

  • Registration is only open to ADRIA members - sign in to access



Who Should Participate

Those who have taken Conflict Management or Mediation training who would like to practice their communication or mediation skills, or experienced mediators looking for feedback to hone their skills.

Objectives and Benefits

  • You can earn educational credit hours towards your designation in mediation or towards your Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership when you participate in an ADRIA online session as the mediator.  For each 1.5 hour session as mediator you will earn educational credit for 1 hour (up to a maximum of 10 credit hours)
  • Dates and times can be set around your schedule
  • You will be able to receive quality coaching and thorough practice at your convenience
  • The skilled mediator or negotiator will be guaranteed one full role-play from beginning to end
  • Everyone will be sent their roles ahead of time so that you are prepared before hand
  • The coach will be able to see all participants but their own camera will be off so that the mediation feels more realistic
  • Participants will be able to learn from a broader group of coaches and have an opportunity to make connections with other learners from all across the province
  • Role-players will have the opportunity to observe a variety of mediator styles and hear a range of valuable coach feedback

Participation Requirements

Learners will get the most out of these sessions if they have some conflict resolution or mediation training.

The web application used requires you to have a computer with an internet connection, web cam, headset (or microphone and speakers) and a basic comfort level with this type of technology.

How It Works

Using the Zoom online meeting system, participants are able to role-play a mediation or negotiation scenario from the convenience of their home.

All online practice sessions are coached by experienced mediators with a minimum of a Qualified Mediator designation. 

For negotiation role-plays, each session is 1½ hours, allowing for a 40 minute role-play, followed by feedback from the coach. For mediation roleplays, each session is 1½ hours allowing for one hour of role-play followed by feedback from the coach. 

If you want to be the skilled negotiator or mediator, it is your responsibility to arrange role player(s) and to choose a time that works for all of you. Make sure the date you pick is at least one week away to allow our staff time to find a coach. To help you find role players, you can use ADRIA's learner forum to connect with other members, request role-players from anywhere in the province, offer to role-play for others, and suggest times. Note that forum participants must be ADRIA members.

Once you have arranged role-players and have a date and time, please register and pay for your session online. Only the person who will be practicing as the mediator in the role-play needs to register - you will be asked to provide the names of your role-player(s) and the time and date you have agreed to. When ADRIA has confirmed a coach for your session, you will receive a confirmation email.

Session

Communication Skills or Negotiation



Mediation

Fees

Negotiator: $95



Mediator: $95


Timing

Total: 1.5 hours (40 minute role-play followed by feedback, questions, drills)



Total: 1.5 hours (1 hour role-play followed by feedback)

Materials

You can choose your own role-play or you can ask ADRIA to choose one for you and distribute to your role players.  

If you have specific materials or competencies you wish to cover in the role-play, please inform ADRIA when you register.

Sign up for an Online Practice Session

Find role players and organize a time for your practice session: 

Learner Forum

To register for a practice session as a skilled negotiator or mediator you will need the names of your role-player(s) and the time and date you have chosen for a practice session:

Register for a Practice Session

Resources

If you need a reminder, here is a copy of the facilitative Mediation Model.

Note that our online practice sessions do not qualify as a mediation or evaluation for the purposes of applying for an ADR Designation, but if you are working towards a Qualified Mediator Designation you can check the Qualified Mediator Supervised Mock Mediation form for the criteria you would be asked to demonstrate. If you are working towards a Chartered Mediator Designation, you can review the Chartered Mediator Assessment for the criteria you would be required to meet.

Alberta's association of mediators and arbitrators. 
Your source for ADR information and expertise.

Our main office is located in Edmonton:
#225, Tower 1
3697 Millwoods Road NW 
Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

Contact Us:

Toll Free: 1-800-232-7214
Edmonton area: (780) 433-4881
Fax: (780) 433-9024
Email: info@adralberta.com

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