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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. 


Upcoming Opportunities

    • Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MST)
    • ONLINE
    • 6
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    An ADRIA Event


    Pre-Mediation and Preparation: Increasing the Likelihood of a Successful Mediation

    In the month of March we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Knowing that we can't count on the luck o' the Irish, what can be done to increase the likelihood of a successful mediation? Join Anita Veldhuisen-Slomp, Q.Med for a conversation about pre-mediation and preparation.

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

    This session will be ONLINE ONLY 

    Registration closes one day before session

    You will receive an email with login details prior to the session (contact education@adralberta.com to request details no later than 1 day before session if you do not receive this information).

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

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.


    • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Online Event
    • 453
    Register


    An ADRIA Event in partnership with FOAJ


    Changes to the Divorce Act and ADR


    Lunch and Learn

    Wednesday March 10, 2021


    Join us for a panel discussion regarding the changes to the Divorce Act, what it means to ADR, to families and you.


    Panelists: 

    Diana Lowe, QC 

    Sharon Crooks, President AFMS

    Hon. Justice Andrea Moen (frmr)

    Moderator:  Don Schapira, QMed



    Diana Lowe, QC

    Diana Lowe, QC is a lawyer with 35 years of experience which includes legal practice, research and reform of the civil and family justice systems in Canada, and most recently as Executive Counsel to the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Diana recently retired from the Court and established a consulting practice - “Re-imagining Justice”. She continues to support the Reforming the Family Justice System (RFJS) initiative in Alberta, and also works with other jurisdictions interested in justice system transformation.

    The RFJS is a multi-year, multi-sector collaboration, designed to effect system-wide change in the family justice system in Alberta, based on brain science and Adverse Childhood Experiences. The RFJS is seeking to shift the focus in family justice matters away from adversarial, legal responses, to making supports available to assist families with the social, relationship, parenting and financial issues that arise in family matters. The outcome collaborators are seeking is family well-being, which they define as “Helping Families Thrive”.


    The Honourable Andrea B. Moen

    In September 2018, the Honourable Andrea Moen retired from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to which she was appointed on January 1, 2000.

    Her judicial work involved all areas of the law including family law which she believed to be the most important work she did as a judge.

    She frequently observed high conflict in her courtroom between parents in their fights over their children. Wondering about the children, she asked the question of what happens to the brains of those children when they are exposed to the conflict of their parents. As a consequence of her research, the Court was a founder of the Reforming Family Justice System initiative which seeks to find ways that families can thrive even when the parents are living apart. She believes that court is the wrong place for families to resolve their conflict.

    Andrea Moen has a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.


    Sharon Crooks, President AFMS

    (More info to come)



    How to Access the Event

    Zoom Webinar Access Information will be emailed out to the email address you registered with the day before the event. If you have not received this information, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot find it, please email membership@adralberta.com and we will send you the login details.


    Luncheon Agenda:

    11:30 - 11:35 am - Join the webinar

    11:35 am - Introductions & Announcements & Presentation

    1:00 pm - End


    Registration

    Register by 4pm Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 the day before the event.


    Cost

    There is no cost for this event.  



    Attendance at this luncheon counts for 2 CEE points towards ADRIC's designation renewal requirements, and is often accepted as one hour of training by other professional associations with continuous professional development programs.




    • Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • ONLINE
    • 15
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    An ADRIA Event


    Mindfulness Meditation for Mediators

    Self-care and professional development are perennial concerns for mediators. Mindfulness meditation can be an effective tool to enhance both.  In study after study practitioners of mindfulness have been shown to experience less stress and a lessening of anxiety, hostility and depression. Improved mood and a lowered reactivity to disturbing stimuli, both external and internal, have been demonstrated. The practice of mindfulness directly cultivates many other qualities and skills usually enumerated as essential in a mediator. Some of these are calmness, centeredness or groundedness, the ability to be present in the moment, and the ability to pay attention intently and non-judgmentally. 

    In this session we will explore the many benefits of mindfulness for mediators and learn this simple technique which, like mediation itself, only deepens the more it is practised. The facilitator Mark Donovan, C.Med, has both an academic background in Buddhist studies and long familiarity with the practice of meditation. 

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

    This session will be ONLINE ONLY 

    Registration closes one day before session

    You will receive an email with login details prior to the session (contact education@adralberta.com to request details no later than 1 day before session if you do not receive this information).

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

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.


    • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Online Event
    • 461
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    An ADRIA Event in partnership with FOAJ


    Fairness in Arbitration & Mediation:  A Personal Perspective

    Lunch and Learn

    Wednesday, April 14th, 2021


    Whether you are a mediator or an adjudicator, fairness is a very important characteristic to maintain.  But what exactly does this entail? 

    In this presentation, I will suggest some simple rules to follow when mediating or adjudicating disputes between various parties. 

    These include formalistic legal rules, such as not being biased, giving proper notice to each side, and allowing each side to present and be heard as well as informal rules that will assist in getting the buy-in from each of the parties involved. 





    Moin A. Yahya


    Moin A. Yahya is a Professor of Law at the University of Alberta.  He is a current member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and a past member of the Alberta Utilities Commission.   He has taught Administrative Law, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law among other courses.


    How to Access the Event

    Zoom Webinar Access Information will be emailed out to the email address you registered with the day before the event. If you have not received this information, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot find it, please email membership@adralberta.com and we will send you the login details.


    Luncheon Agenda:

    11:30 - 11:35 am - Join the webinar

    11:35 am - Introductions & Announcements & Presentation

    1:00 pm - End


    Registration

    Register by April 13th - 4pm -  the day before the event.


    Cost

    There is no cost for this event.  



    Attendance at this luncheon counts for 2 CEE points towards ADRIC's designation renewal requirements, and is often accepted as one hour of training by other professional associations with continuous professional development programs.




    • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

             

    Wellness Workshop II – Full-Day Workshop on Health and Well-being of ADR Practitioners

    This is a full-day workshop focused on the health and well-being
    of dispute resolution practitioners that includes an interactive and practical focus on their mental health and wellness.

    This workshop features a series of tips and real-life strategies on coping with the difficulties and isolation of private practice as a mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator, investigator, facilitator and coach.

    Everyone practicing dispute resolution in some capacity,
    whether experienced, new or aspiring to do so should attend this unique program as it focuses upon aspects of practice that are not taught in training programs or given enough consideration. (Rarely does this topic receive the sole focus this workshop offers.).

    To find out more about the speakers, topics and learning
    objections, view the full flyer at: www.adr-ontario.ca/wellness2021     

    Speakers:

    Marc Bhalla, LL.M. (DR), C.Med, Q.Arb, MCIArb

    Cinnie Noble, C.Med, PCC, LLM (ADR)

    Jessie Gomberg, BA, MA, LLM

    Joan Cass, MSW, RSW, Q.Med

    Mitchell Rose, LLB, C.Med


    • Wednesday, May 05, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • ONLINE
    • 31
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    An ADRIA Event


    Agreements to Mediate

    Facilitator: Tammy Borowiecki, C.Med, Q.Arb

    More details to follow.

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

    This session will be ONLINE ONLY 

    Registration closes one day before session

    You will receive an email with login details prior to the session (contact education@adralberta.com to request details no later than 1 day before session if you do not receive this information).

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

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.


    • Wednesday, June 02, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • ONLINE
    • 35
    Register


    An ADRIA Event


    Topic Information TBA

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

    This session will be ONLINE ONLY 

    Registration closes one day before session

    You will receive an email with login details prior to the session (contact education@adralberta.com to request details no later than 1 day before session if you do not receive this information).

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

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.


Past Events

Thursday, February 25, 2021 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - Coming Alive in the Covid World
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 February Learner Session
Thursday, January 21, 2021 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - Hard Conversations: Faith Communities & Shared Spaces
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - Finding Happiness - Or at Least Moments of Joy!
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 December Learner Session
Thursday, November 19, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - International Law, Reconciliation and the Road to War (The Law of War) presented by Naval Captain Bruce King
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 November Learner Session: Active Listening Skills Mini-Bootcamp
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 October Learner Session: Is it a Resolution or a Settlement?
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - Opening an Uncomfortable Conversation on Social Justice in Our Work
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar -Getting Ready for a Virtual Hearing
Thursday, June 18, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Free Luncheon Webinar - National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 Restoring the Workplace After a Harassment Investigation - Online
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 June Learner Session: Embracing Emotion in Mediation
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 CPLEA Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series: Taking the Battle out of Custody: Upcoming changes to Canada's Divorce Act
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ADRAI - FREE Webinar - Meeting the Challenges of a Post COVID-19 Workplace
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 May Learner Session - FREE - Caucus as a Tool in Mediation: When is it time to take a break?
Thursday, April 30, 2020 ADRAI - FREE Webinar - Workplace Wellness at Home
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 ADRIA/FOAJ Luncheon Webinar - A Story of Survival
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 April Learner Session: Do We Stay or Do We Go? When to Terminate a Mediation Session
Thursday, March 12, 2020 Edmonton Luncheon: Contagious Courage!
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Calgary Luncheon: Self Care Practices That Work!
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 March Learner Session: Pre-Mediation Meetings
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Edmonton Luncheon: The Impact of Family Conflict on Children
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 CPLEA Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series: Legal Info vs. Legal Advice
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Calgary Luncheon: The Impact of Family Conflict on Children
Wednesday, February 05, 2020 February Learner Session: Roleplaying Challenges
Thursday, January 23, 2020 Edmonton Luncheon: Financial Health - A Strategy for Enjoying Life
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Calgary Luncheon: Financial Health - A Strategy for Enjoying Life
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 CPLEA Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop Series: Who Gets the House?
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: ADR Christmas Luncheon & Cider Tasting
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Calgary ADR Christmas Luncheon: Keep Your Happy in the Holidays!
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 December Learner Session: Creating the Options List - Stage 4 Work
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Calgary Professional Development Training: Unconscious Bias
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Calgary Luncheon - Arbitration Pitfalls & Misconceptions
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 November Learner Session: Probing Skills in Mediation
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Edmonton Professional Development Training: Unconscious Bias
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon - How Not to Forget What You're Going to Learn This Afternoon
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: Defusing Conflict at Work and at Home
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: Defusing Conflict at Work and at Home
Thursday, September 12, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: National Defence - Integrated Conflict & Complaint Management Services
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: National Defence - Integrated Conflict & Complaint Management Services
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: Cannabis & The Workplace
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: Cannabis & the Workplace
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 June Learner Session: Active Listening Workshop
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: Use of Mediation/Arbitration/Investigation in Sports Disputes - Does it Really Work?
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: Profits and Productivity
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: the Honourable Mary Moreau, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: The Beauty of Plain
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 April Learner Session: THIS IS NEW, WHAT DO I DO?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: An Introduction to Mindfulness
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 March Learner Session: (PANEL) The Path to Success as a Mediator
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: Clearing the Fog: Plain Language Writing
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Edmonton Luncheon: Money & Conflict
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Calgary Luncheon: Money & Conflict
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 February Learner Session: Preparing for a Supervised Mock Mediation
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: ADR Christmas Luncheon & Networking Event
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: ADR Christmas Luncheon & Networking Event
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 December Learner Session: The Words We Choose
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Workplace Bullying & Mediation - is mediation an appropriate response?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Workplace Bullying & Mediation - is mediation an appropriate response?
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 November Learner Session: Writing up the Mediated Agreement
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: The Diversity Lens in ADR
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 October Learner Session: Comfort with Conflict
Thursday, September 13, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Consulting on the Mandatory ADR Rule – A Conversation with Chief Justice Moreau
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Consulting on the Mandatory ADR Rule – A Conversation with Chief Justice Moreau
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 September Learner Session: The Words We Choose
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Comparing Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes: The Bar Prefers to Collaborate!
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 June Learner Session: When Not to Mediate (Online ONLY)
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 May Learner Session: Ethics as a Guide in our Work
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Introduction to the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 April Learner Session: Active Listening Skills Mini-Bootcamp
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Court-Connected ADR Programs and Initiatives in Alberta
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: Court-Connected ADR programs and initiatives in Alberta
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: Assertive Communications for Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 CANCELLED: February Calgary Luncheon
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 February Learner Session: Hearing the Other Side of the Story
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Edmonton Luncheon: PTSD – Conflict and Crisis become part of daily life. Mediation can make a difference.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018 Calgary Luncheon: How Early Experiences Shape Brain Development, Learning, and Life-long Health
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: COLOUR ME . . . . just in time for Christmas gift giving!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: COLOUR ME . . . . just in time for Christmas gift giving!
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 December Learner Session: Sharing Your Techniques
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Calgary Luncheon: Why We Jump to Conclusions & How to Avoid It
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 November Learner Session: Managing Emotions
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Edmonton Luncheon: PTSD – Conflict and Crisis become part of daily life. Mediation can make a difference.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 October Learner Session: Self Awareness

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



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.

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Your source for ADR information and expertise.

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