Continuing Professional Development

Mediate BC supports Roster mediators by providing and arranging for Continuing Professional Development opportunities. Mediate BC offers live and pre-recorded webinars on a variety of topics and works with partner organizations to provide Roster mediators with special rates to courses, workshops and conferences.

For upcoming events, be sure to check the Events Calendar and the Mediate BC newsletter.

Pre-Recorded Webinars:

Ethics & Standards for DR Professionals
Learn ways you can connect your Agreement to Mediate, the Standards of Conduct and Mediate BC's Complaint Policy together in a way that will support your clients through the mediation process.

General registration: $35 + GST
Mediate BC Roster Registration: $25 + GST
CPD Hours: 1 hour

Family Law Act 3 Years Later
This 2-part webinar will update you on the developments of the Family Law Act from implementation in 2013 to 2016. Part 1 explores key FLA Issues, i.e. what has Changed for Mediators? Panelists include Wayne Plenert, Kathleen Bellamano, and Bob Finlay. Part 2 touches on the topic of financial matters. Particularly how Judges are applying the Family Law Act to Debt and Support. 

General registration: $169 + GST
Mediate BC Roster Registration: $149 + GST
CPD Hours: 3 hours

Growing Mediation Practices
In this modern era of social media, the internet, and email overload, marketing and business development can seem a daunting prospect. What works? This webinar discusses marketing and business development strategies that are specific to mediation and can be implemented immediately. Panelists include Allison Wolf, Rebecca Alleyne, and Amy Robertson. 

General registration: $50 + GST
Mediate BC Roster Registration: $35 + GST
CPD Hours: 3 hours

The Power of Visual Communication in Mediation
in partnership with the Virtual Mediation Lab and Lisa Arora
Learn how visual communication is being applied to family mediation to make communication more effective, creative, and interactive.

General registration: free
CPD Hours: 1 hour

A Transformative Parenting Mediation Model
in partnership with the Virtual Mediation Lab
The Transformative Parenting Mediation Model recognizes the identity of the players and the need for developing trust and a new form of relationship; all on a platform based on Isolina Ricci’s Mom’s House, Dad’s House model. Learn how to: Explore how children are players (forming a conflict triangle) in the dysfunctional relationship of separated parents, examine how there can no truce until this triangle is recognized and addressed, and consider how the presenting conflicts of the parents are opportunities for developing this truce and then building a model by which children can thrive in their separated environment. Taught by Wayne Plenert. 

General registration: free
CPD Hours: 1 hour

What do Mediators Need to Know about the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA)?
Join Colleen Selby to learn five ways that the Wills, Estates and Succession Act (2014) changes the law of succession in BC. Topics include: red flags for the mediator, effective tips & tools, mediation process, mediation style, and mediator selection.

General registration: $25 + GST
Mediate BC Roster Registration: $20 + GST
CPD Hours: 1.5 hours

Insurance Mediation: What You Need to Know 
Understanding the unique qualities of insurance mediation is vital to practicing in this field. Join Brian Gibbard and Nick de Domenico for a webinar on what you need to know about this busy field of mediation. Topics include the relationships and dynamics between the participants of an insurance or personal injury mediation, how insurance mediation differs from standard training models, and what you need to know to familiarize yourself with the field before reaching out for co-mediation or mentorship.  

General registration: $75 + GST
CPD Hours: 1.5 hours

Roster CPD Requirements

Mediate BC requires Roster mediators to complete 12 hours of mediation specific training or education per year to maintain Roster status. At least 7 hours from formal learning in a structured setting and the remaining 5 hours of the requirement may include activities such as reading articles, blogs or other ADR literature, writing or researching, to name a few.

The 7 hours “formal learning” is aimed at encouraging ongoing learning in a structured setting. Many forms of learning will satisfy this requirement, including course work, webinars, podcasts, peer study groups, conferences, teachings, ADR sub-section meetings and the like. This is not an exhaustive list, only some examples of the type of structured learning that will suffice.