Resources for Mediators

The documents listed on this page are intended to be used as guides and models for mediators in British Columbia. They are not to be used in place of legal advice and should be adapted to fit the circumstances in which they are used.

Working from Home and Online

Mediating from a Distance: Suggested Practice Guidelines for Family Mediators - Published in 2012, this in-depth guide is a valuable resource for the growing number of family mediators who wish to incorporate distance mediation into their practice during this time of social distancing. Mediators doing other types of mediation may also want to review the guidelines for their own practice purposes. Also available in French.

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success - LinkedIn Learning.

COVID-19 Won’t Stop Family Mediators - A webinar series by the Academy of Professional Family Mediators

Using Zoom
Originally designed for online dispute resolution professionals, Zoom is often touted as the technology-of-choice for conducting mediations at a distance. 

Guidelines, Procedures and Tools for Screening and Assessment

Safety Screening in Family Mediation (PDF): Prepared by Colleen Getz, C.A. Walker & Associates, for the B.C. Mediator Roster Society (Victoria, BC, January 2008) (A paper intended to raise awareness of screening for safety and to encourage family mediators - in particular Family Roster mediators - to explore current approaches and issues in screening.)

Mediation Agreements

Sample Agreement to Mediate in "Mediation in B.C.": Dispute Resolution Office, Ministry of Attorney General (BC).

Mediation Publications

Accommodating People with Disabilities - A  Reference Guide for Mediators (May 2009): A  general reference guide for working in mediation with people with all types of disabilities. The guide was produced in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Office (DRO), Ministry of Attorney General.

Additional Resources

Developing the Mediators' Lounge

Accompanying material: Top 10 Tips for Starting a Mediators' Lounge in Your Community

Mediator Fatigue and Burnout

Accompanying material: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Boundaries