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 Mediate BC is proud to sponsor the following event in collaboration with Michael Lomax Law Corporation 

Dealing with High Conflict Personalities

with Michael Lomax

When: Monday, December 9, 2013 8:30am - 4:00pm (PST)

Where: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

High conflict disputes are increasing in every setting: in legal disputes, in divorce, at the workplace, between neighbours, among family members, against employers and government agencies. They often involve one or more people with high-conflict behaviour, characterized by:

  • All-or-nothing thinking
  • Unmanaged emotions
  • Extreme behaviour
  • Preoccupation with blaming others
  • Prolonged, unresolved conflict
  • Drawing in many other people
  • Draining energy, time and resources

Yet these disputes can generally be managed by understanding high conflict behaviour and using skills that are often different from ordinary conflict resolution methods.
This one day workshop will help professionals gain insight and confidence which will assist them in managing high conflict behaviour in any situation.

Who should attend: This training is designed for professionals who deal with clients in dispute resolution settings, such as lawyers, mediators, collaborative practitioners, accountants, human resources professionals, union representatives, and other professionals who come into contact with high conflict personalities.

About the presenter:

Michael Lomax is a mediator, lawyer and conflict resolution trainer who has assisted many individuals and organizations in understanding how to manage high conflict disputes. Michael has conducted hundreds of mediations including family, workplace, multi-party and court related matters and Michael's mediation work makes up approximately 80% of his law practice. He has previous experience as the director of a federal government mediation centre where he was responsible for promoting the department's workplace conflict resolution program and supervising a team of mediators and trainers. Michael has delivered training for federal, provincial and municipal governments, health care, military and law enforcement agencies, corporations and non-profits, human resources professionals, union representatives, lawyers and dispute resolution practitioners. Michael is in private practice in Victoria, BC and is an affiliate speaker with the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, CA.(www.highconflictinstitute.com)

Mediate BC Roster Mediators & CBA Members Registration: $325 + GST
General Registration: $375 + GST

Professional Development Credit: 6.0 Hours for Mediate BC Rosters and LSBC Mediators. This workshop also counts for 6.0 Hours toward family mediation training requirements from LSBC.

REGISTER NOW!
Registration is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first served basis.

Questions or comments? Please contact training@mediatebc.com.


 
Webinar Series

Nurture Your Mediator Chi with Social Media:

Finding Balance and Success in the Digital Age

with Ben Ziegler

Webinar. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:30 - 6:00pm (PST)

Mediators know how to help others find their balance. Keeping oneself in balance often seems a trickier thing to do. One of the biggest challenges we face these days to our internal balance is our relationship with social media. Social media is a paradox. On the one hand, it gives us a whole bunch of wonderful ways to connect with others. On the other hand, exuberant acceptance and use of social media can be at the expense of deeper, richer relationships, and our internal life. Yet, social media is here to stay, in one form or another.

This webinar will help you connect with the positive aspects of social media, as an opportunity for renewal and adaptation. It will show you the collaborative, relationship-building, and business potential, of social media. From this webinar, you’ll see how to effectively use social media, while maintaining your balance, in our age of digital abundance. 

  • Understand the connection between Chi and social media
  • Recognize why mediators and social media are a natural fit 
  • Gain insight into how social media is an opportunity for personal renewal and adaptation
  • Understand how to build trust and “social capital” in the digital age
  • Learn the  #1 way to make social media your platform for professional learning and business growth
  • Learn tips and techniques for working with social media when your time is limited

About the presenter:

Ben Ziegler is a Civil Roster mediator, consultant and facilitator. He is a mediator and mentor in the British Columbia Court Mediation Program, and has extensive experience as an online mediator. He consults to organizations in areas of technology management, business process improvement, community development and virtual practices. He has published two e-books on Amazon, on collaboration and creative dispute resolution, is a regular blogger at CollaborativeJourneys.com.

Roster Mediators SAVE by entering their PROMO CODE.

Roster Mediator Registration: $39.00 + GST (by using the PROMO CODE)

General Registration: $55.00 + GST

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Questions or comments? Please contact C.D. Saint.


 
Mediate BC Presents

Maximizing Your Mediation Results:

Preparing to be More Effective at the Mediation Table

with Yuki Matsuno

When:  Friday, October 18, 2013 9:00am - 12:30pm (PST)

Where:  People's Law School, 150-900 Howe Street, Vancouver BC  V6Z 2M4

Increase the value you bring to your role and become the “go-to” in your firm for mediation. 

In this workshop learn tips and communication strategies that will assist clients to be more effective at the mediation table. After taking this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • gain a clear understanding of the mediation process, different mediator approaches, and negotiation concepts that arise in mediation;
  • prepare cases for mediation by focusing on timing of mediation, selection of a mediator, client interests assessment, and risk analysis; and
  • increase the chances of resolution at mediation by educating clients and by employing key communication skills and strategies

About the presenter:

Yuki Matsuno is a mediator, facilitator and lawyer based in Vancouver, BC. She possesses a B.A. (Honours) and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In 2004 Yuki started her dispute resolution practice, and has since worked with a wide variety of individuals and organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She excels at putting people at ease and bringing out the best in people as they work through a dispute. Yuki is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. She is also a member of the Civil Roster of Mediate BC.

Registration: $199.00 + GST

This workshop is eligible for 3.5 hours of PD credits from the Law Society of British Columbia.

Can’t make it to the in-class workshop?

Now you can also participate in the workshop from whichever location is most convenient to you, through our online webinar platform.
 
You will need a computer with speakers, microphone and good internet connection (wired internet for optimum result). For this online format, you will be able to follow the presentation, ask questions and take part in discussions just like if you attend the workshop in person.

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Mediator Presentation Series

Expanding the Client Pie with Life's Experiences

with Deborah Sword

Webinar. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:30 - 5:30pm (PST)

In this interactive workshop, Deborah will use her T.I.P. approach to challenge you to exchange complacency for interesting work in novel areas with unexpected clients. *T.I.P. Theory, Application and Practice, which respects how adults learn.

 *T.I.P. Theory, Application and Practice, which respects how adults learn.

Theory: Mediation (we proclaim) expands the value pie into creative win/win resolutions. Collaboration, (we assert) trumps competition.

Application: There's potential value buried in lived experiences. Yet, value is hoarded like treasure when everyone pursues the same work.

Practice: As in "practice what you preach". Apply the expandable pie theory on mediators' beliefs to find untapped value and clients.

Deborah expanded conflict management's application in innovative ways in her own situation:

My mastery of conflict competence got tested: how prepared was I for a deadly form of breast cancer and double mastectomy? Very well it seems. A year of living medically opened doors to a new client base.

About the presenter:Deborah Sword

Deborah Sword has been a conflict manager since 1991, and convened thousands of processes, locally and internationally. She works with clients to develop their conflict competence. She's active as a writer, researcher, trainer, coach, and speaker on many peace and conflict topics.  

In addition to a masters in environmental dispute resolution and doctorate in conflict analysis, Deborah has hundreds of hours of specialized conflict management training. She's taught conflict studies at St. Paul, York, and Phoenix universities, and privately, and trains Boards of Directors in effective governance.

Roster Mediators SAVE by entering their PROMO CODE.

Roster Mediator Registration: $10.00 + GST (by using the PROMO CODE)

General Registration: $18.00 + GST 

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Questions or comments? Please contact C.D. Saint


 

 
Family Violence Screening Training for Dispute Resolution Professionals
 
Presented by CLE BC in Collaboration with Mediate BC
 
When: June 17 & 18, 2013 9:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria
 
New dates added for Vancouver: June 20 & 21, 2013!
 
Who should attend: "Family law dispute resolution professionals" which, as defined by the Family Law Act, include mediators, arbitrators, and parenting coordinators; the workshop may also be of interest to family lawyers and family justice counsellors.
 
Identifying, assessing, and managing family violence and power dynamics in dispute resolution process design 
 
The Family Law Act also provides that family dispute resolution professionals must screen for family violence to ensure the processes used do not endanger, disadvantage or adversely affect the safety of the participants or their children.  This involves assessing whether family violence may be present, helping clients determine which dispute resolution processes might be best, adapting those processes to take into account particular concerns and empowering participants to negotiate effectively.
 
This highly interactive two-day workshop using lectures, current literature, research and statistics, real case studies, role-playing, coaching, and in-class discussion, and the guidance of trained coaches, is designed to meet the training requirements for family dispute resolution professionals under the amended Family Law Act and Regulation.
 
LSBC CPD Hours: 14 hours 
Mediate BC Roster CPD hours: 14 Hours
 
Workshop Leader: Hilary A. Linton - Riverdale Mediation Ltd., Toronto  
 
Mediate BC Roster Mediators receive a 20% discount! 
To access this discount, please call CLEBC Customer Service at 604-893-2121 or toll free at 1-800-663-0437
  
Regular: $1,100   Roster Mediator Special Price: $880
 
 

Mediate BC is proud to support the following event being offered by the 

 

Michael Lomax Law Corporation

 
Mediating High Conflict Disputes
Advanced Training for Dispute Resolution Professionals
March 4th & 5th, 2013
Vancouver, BC
 
Please note the date change to March 4th & 5th, 2013
 
This intensive two-day training, led by internationally renowned mediator, therapist, attorney and author Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., will focus on understanding and practicing conflict management skills that are not obvious and natural. They will be practiced in small steps in several role-play exercises which involve high-conflict emotions and behaviour. Professionals will gain skills and confidence which will assist them in handling any high-conflict situation, whether in formal mediation or other dispute settings.
 
This training is designed for mediators and professionals who work in a mediation setting, such as lawyers, collaborative practitioners, accountants, human resources professionals, union representatives, and other professionals who are involved in dispute resolution.
 
For more information, please consult the workshop brochure.
To register please contact event organizers by email lomaxlawcorp@telus.net or by phone 250-385-5523 (toll-free 1-855-385-5523 outside Victoria).
 
Be sure to register early as this workshop is limited to 35 participants and spaces are filling quickly!
 
Law Society of BC CPD Hours & Mediate BC Roster PD Hours: 12 Hours

 


Mediating Under the New Family Law Act

Webinar Series

The current Family Relations Act will be replaced with the new Family Law Act in March 2013. Mediate BC is dedicated to ensuring that mediators have the information they need to continue providing quality mediation services to their clients.

This new series of five webinar sessions January 30 - February 27, 2013, will focus on the different aspects of the Family Law Act: how it impacts your mediation practice; and what you, as a mediator, need to know about the Act; and more. Content which will include the new concepts under the FLA such as:

  • parenting arrangements,
  • guardianship,
  • the new best interests of the child test,
  • relocation,
  • agreements under the Family Law Act and enforcement remedies,
  • duties of the dispute resolution professional,
  • the new property regime,
  • opportunity for mediators to share their practice tips and concerns.

Recognizing that Roster mediators are located throughout the province, Mediate BC Training & Development is exploring several delivery platforms. Our goal is to make the series accessible to all Roster and interested mediators.

Mediating under the New Family Law Act will be a 5-part Webinar series dates announced:

  1. Overview of the FLA and Transitional Issues, Jan. 30, 9-10:30am *A second airing of this session has been added Feb. 25, 9-10:30am*
  2. How the FLA Changes the Process, Feb. 6, 9-10:30am
  3. Parenting: New Concepts and Terminology, Feb. 13, 9-10:30am
  4. The Financial Piece: The New Property Regime, Feb. 20, 9-10:30am
  5. Mediating in the New Era of Family Law, Feb. 27, 9-10:30am

 

I'd like more information

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 Mediate BC and the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Societies Present

Families Change:

The Indissolubility of Parenthood

with Prof. Patrick Parkinson

February 15th, 2013

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver 

Professor Parkinson has written extensively on various aspects of the enduring responsibility of parents to meet their children’s needs after separation. He will be speaking on topics which include the results of a 5 year longitudinal study on the impact of relocation, what research says about the post separation arrangements for children under the age of 4 years, and the myths, perceptions and realities of family law reform.

This lecture is designed for professionals dealing with parents who have separated with young children: family lawyers, family law mediators, collaborative practitioners, mental health professionals, assessors preparing s.15 custody reports, and parenting coordinators. There is additional time for dialogue with Prof. Parkinson around the impact of family law reform, particularly in light of the Family Law Act.

About Prof. Parkinson

Patrick Parkinson is a professor of law at the University of Sydney Law School and specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts. He is a Special Counsel at a specialist firm of family lawyers located in Sydney and Canberra, and a consultant at International Family Law Group (iFLG) in London and Australia. He is one of the world’s leading family law academics. He has particular expertise on parenting after separation, relocation, child support, and complex property matters. His books include Tradition and Change (5th ed, 2013), Australian Family Law in Context (5th ed, 2012), Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood (2011), and The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore, 2008). He is President of the International Society of Family Law. Prof. Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 in New South Wales.

Spaces are limited so register early!

Click here for the brochure and the registration form.

Questions or to register, please contact BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Societypcadmin@shaw.ca or 604-689-1770.

 


Mediate BC is proud to support this exciting retreat workshop organized by

Michael Lomax Law Corporation

Staying with Conflict:

Working with Ongoing Disputes

September 20th & 21st, 2012

Cobble Hill, BC

This exciting retreat-style workshop led by one of the foremost authorities on dispute resolution Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., will look at the most significant conflicts participants face and consider how to intervene in them as ADR practitioners when we know that they will not end.

 

How can we help clients deal with their immediate concerns and also prepare them in a meaningful way for the long-term challenges they face?

Participants will work on how to:

· reconstruct conflict narratives so the enduring element is framed clearly and constructively

· deal with the powerful tendencies to avoid conflict that in fact often exacerbate conflict

· establish durable communication procedures

· understand and assist people through the inevitable power struggles that are part of a long term conflict

· understand agreements as a platform for ongoing conflict

Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., is a noted professor (University of Notre Dame, Creighton University), mediator, facilitator, and trainer. He is also the two-time winner of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution outstanding book of the year (Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution;Staying with Conflict: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes).

This training is designed for mediators and dispute resolution practitioners who deal with enduring conflicts, such as lawyers, collaborative practitioners, parenting coordinators, labour relations practitioners, arbitrators and public policy professionals.

 For more information, please consult the workshop brochure/registration form.

To register please contact event organizers by email lomaxlawcorp@telus.net or by phone 250-385-5523 (toll-free outside Victoria at 1-855-385-5523).

Be sure to register early as space is limited to 26 participants and filling quickly! 

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 12 Hours
Mediate BC Roster Ongoing Training Requirements: 12 Hours
 

  

If you have questions about past events, or would like to inquire about possible future opportunities, please contact the TDP at training@mediatebc.com.  

 

 

Mediate BC is proud to support the following event being offered by the

Michael Lomax Law Corporation

 
Mediating High Conflict Disputes
Advanced Training for Dispute Resolution Professionals
March 29th & 30th, 2012
Vancouver, BC
**Next Session: March 4 & 5, 2013  Vancouver**
 
This intensive two-day training, led by internationally renowned mediator, therapist, attorney and author
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., will focus on understanding and practicing conflict management skills that are not obvious and natural. They will be practiced in small steps in several role-play exercises which involve high-conflict emotions and behaviour. Professionals will gain skills and confidence which will assist them in handling any high-conflict situation, whether in formal mediation or other dispute settings.
 
This training is designed for mediators and professionals who work in a mediation setting, such as lawyers, collaborative practitioners, accountants, human resources professionals, union representatives, and other professionals who are involved in dispute resolution.
 
For more information, please consult the workshop brochure.
To register please contact event organizers by email billeddyevent@telus.net or by phone 250-385-5523.
 
Be sure to register early as this workshop is limited to 35 participants and spaces are filling quickly!
 
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 12 Hours
Mediate BC Roster Ongoing Training Requirements: 12 Hours
 
 
Due to high demand, there will now be an additional offering
Tuesday, March 13th & Wednesday March 14th, 2012
Victoria, BC
 
Register early as seating is limited to 30 participants!
 

[Update] The High Conflict Mediation Workshop in Victoria course is now full. Please contact billeddyevent@telus.net if you wish to be on the waiting list should there be any openings.

 
For more information, please consult the Mediating-High-Conflict-Disputes-Victoria-Brochure
 
Thank you to all those who participated in this intensive two-day training, led by internationally renowned mediator, therapist, attorney and author Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. Great thanks to Bill Eddy, Michael Lomax and Mark Baumann for facilitating the highly interactive and engaging learning opportunity. 

For more information about Bill Eddy and the High Conflict Institute, please visit their website at www.highconflictinstitute.com.

 

L-R: Mark Baumann, Michael Lomax, Bill Eddy, Kari Boyle, C.D. Saint
 
  
 

 
Mediate BC is a proud sponsor of the
 
Child Protection Mediation Conference:
Moving Toward Meaningful Engagement
February 6th & 7th, 2012
Vancouver, BC
 
A provincial forum for child protection dispute resolution professionals focusing on enhancing cross-cultural dialogue regarding the child protection mediation process, particularly within Aboriginal communities.
 
 
This conference has been developed through a collaboration between Mediate BC and the Child Protection Mediation Program (a joint program of the Ministry of the Attorney General and Ministry of Children and Family Development) with supporting funds from the Legal Services Society and advice and promotional support from the The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
 
Initially planned as a two-day conference just for child protection mediators, we are pleased to be able to extend an invitation to lawyers practicing in child protection, representatives of MCFD and delegated agencies to join us the first day. The second day is designed solely for Child Protection Roster Mediators.
 
Brochures and registration forms:
 
For more information, please contact the Centre for Learning & Development. 
Phone: 604-684-1300 x26 or toll-free 1-877-656-1300 x26