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Professional Development & Workshops

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, October 07, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
    • ONLINE
    • 15

    An ADRIA Event

    Is it a Resolution or a Settlement?

    “We get into trouble as mediators when we try too hard to put an end to conflict. -The desire for peace is not always a desire for resolution.” ~Kenneth Cloke. 

    Join Anita for a conversation to explore Is it resolution or a settlement?

    The time together will be used to identify the important distinction between settlement and resolution and why this matters for the interest based process. 

    This session will be facilitated by Anita Veldhuisen-Slomp

    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 the day before the session (contact 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

    Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.

    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • 5:30 PM (MDT)
    • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (MST)
    • online
    • 7

    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).

    *This course will be presented online. In order to participate in this format, students must to be available during session times listed without distraction. In addition, students require a strong internet connection, computer with a webcam and microphone. 




    Series G: October 27, November 10 & November 24, 2020

    Alternate Tuesdays 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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

Past Events

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 06, 2020 May Learner Session - FREE - Caucus as a Tool in Mediation: When is it time to take a break?
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 April Learner Session: Do We Stay or Do We Go? When to Terminate a Mediation Session
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 March Learner Session: Pre-Mediation Meetings
Wednesday, February 05, 2020 February Learner Session: Roleplaying Challenges
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 December Learner Session: Creating the Options List - Stage 4 Work
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Calgary Professional Development Training: Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 November Learner Session: Probing Skills in Mediation
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Edmonton Professional Development Training: Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, June 05, 2019 June Learner Session: Active Listening Workshop
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 April Learner Session: THIS IS NEW, WHAT DO I DO?
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 March Learner Session: (PANEL) The Path to Success as a Mediator
Wednesday, February 06, 2019 February Learner Session: Preparing for a Supervised Mock Mediation
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 December Learner Session: The Words We Choose
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 November Learner Session: Writing up the Mediated Agreement
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 October Learner Session: Comfort with Conflict
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 September Learner Session: The Words We Choose
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
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 April Learner Session: Active Listening Skills Mini-Bootcamp
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 February Learner Session: Hearing the Other Side of the Story
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 December Learner Session: Sharing Your Techniques
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 November Learner Session: Managing Emotions
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. 

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.


Communication Skills or Negotiation



Negotiator: $95

Mediator: $95


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

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


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


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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