Sharon Sutherland

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  • LL.B., LL.M., M.A. Theatre Studies, Mediator and Conflict Resolution Trainer

All child protection mediators have extensive training and education in dispute resolution, with demonstrated knowledge and experience in the aboriginal context, child welfare and mental health/addictions.

Child Protection Roster Mediator Details

1996
Complex and multi-party disputes.
Co-mediation.
Arts-based tools (Improvisation, Image & Forum Theatre, Sociodrama, etc).
Collaborative tabletop games for conflict resolution.
I have conducted Child Protection mediations since 2001, and am experienced in adapting the process to meet the specific needs of the clients in any given mediation. I am very conscious of the challenges arising from perceived and actual power imbalances in this context, and so focus on providing a flexible and responsive process to ensure that all parties have an opportunity to share their perspectives and participate meaningfully in decision-making.

In addition to mediating, I am the Manager of Practicum Design for the Child Protection Mediation Practicum. I have a background in mediation practicum design (Manager of Development, Child Protection Mediation Practicum, 2005-2010; Co-Program Manager, Court Mediation Practicum, 1998-2003; etc.), and expertise in mediation mentorship.

Beyond my Child Protection work, I am called to the BC Bar and hold an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution. From 2000-2014, I was a law professor at UBC Faculty of Law where I taught both clinical mediation courses and substantive law courses. I am a founding director of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society, President of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and a tabletop game designer.
Coast Fraser, Fraser Valley