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Preparing Mediation Reports 

with Rhoda I. Dobler, Q.C.
2:00-4:00pm Eastern time, Thursday, April 28, 2022
(2 hours)

This webinar will address the various approaches to writing mediation reports/memoranda.  Many different styles have evolved, sometimes driven by the issues in dispute or even the professional background of the mediator.  We seldom receive opportunities to review the numerous styles and approaches to report preparation. In this webinar many different approaches to mediation report writing will be discussed and shared to increase understanding and to further develop report writing skills. We will examine the components of a mediation report and identify some tips to effectively communicate agreements reached, as well as pitfalls to avoid in written reports.

Rhoda I. Dobler Q.C. is a Mediator/Arbitrator/Lawyer in Calgary, Alberta. Rhoda was called to the bar in 1993 and received both her B.A and LL.B. from the University of Calgary. Rhoda’s practice spans almost three decades, and includes mediation, arbitration, and litigation.  Her positive attitude, compassion and creativity guide her conflict resolution approach, making her a valued mediator and arbitrator. Rhoda is an instructor in the Legal Education Society of Alberta 40-hour Family Law mediation course, and a former instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law in Interviewing and Counseling.  Rhoda serves as a Director on the Board of Family Mediation Canada. Her skills in the legal community have been repeatedly recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada since the initial edition (2006) in Family Law and has expanded to include recognition in the areas of Family Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, being named Lawyer of the Year in Family Mediation in 2018 and 2021.

FMC Members $119; Non-members $159 (no tax)

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It is with a great sense of pride that Family Mediation Canada (FMC) has announced our partnership with the Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS). This partnership has been evolving over the past year and focuses on enhancing the strengths of both organizations along with offering Alberta family mediators the opportunity to complete the national certification to have their qualifications recognized both provincially and Canada-wide.
AFMS members who choose to opt-in to this partnership will now have access to numerous perks such as the FMC group insurance policy, access to trainings and webinars at our membership rate, a Canada-wide professional network and they will be featured on both AFMS and FMC websites. 
While members may choose to maintain their current AFMS designation, they will also have the opportunity to be certified by FMC with our national certifications.  It will also mean that AFMS members are now able to seek an Elder Mediation certification from FMC (a designation not previously represented at AFMS).
We give a warm welcome to all our new Albertan members and extend our gratitude to our existing members, without whom, such momentum would not have taken place.
Should representatives of other provincial associations wish to discuss similar partnerships and collaborations with us, we encourage them to contact us.

Screening for Family Violence, Power Imbalances, Coercive and Financial Control (10-hour training for family law professionals)

FRIDAY, April 29, 2022- 2 pm to 5 pm (3 HOURS)- ZOOM VC
SATURDAY, April 30, 2022- 9 am to 4 pm (7 HOURS)- ZOOM VC
(all times are Eastern time)
Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence) manifests in many forms, including physical or verbal abuse, power imbalances and coercive control which includes stalking, excessive jealousy, and financial control.  
Research and published statistics by various provincial authorities identify a number of red flags and risk factors that amplify risk of harm or death. According to the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (2018), some 71% of all domestic homicides involved a history of domestic violence and 67% involved an actual or pending separation. Consistent national recommendations from death review committees include trauma and culturally informed manners to encouraging disclosure, training to identify family violence, and strengthening early safety planning and management of barriers.
With the recent changes to the Divorce Act and the Family Law Act, legal practitioners will need to increase their competencies and skills in screening for family violence, and learn how to effectively encourage safe disclosure, to make confidential referrals and to support their clients with effective advocacy.
This course will be facilitated by Antoinette Clarke, Comp.Cert. Fam.Med (FMC), MSW, RSW adjunct faculty, School of Social Work, York University), Marie Nickle, LL.B., LL.M., AccFM and Mina Vaish, LL.M.  The course will incorporate role plays, substantive learning and other exercises based on real cases.   
Special Guest Speaker:   Robin Trombley, Counsel.  Family and Children’s Law Team, Family and Youth Justice Policy Section.
Course Objectives
  • To develop an understanding and awareness of the issue of domestic violence and to understand the dynamics of power between parties
  • To incorporate an effective and ongoing screening process
  • To determine parties’ capacity to negotiate and make decisions in the absence of fear and coercion
  • To develop a comprehensive approach and analysis to determine an appropriate protocol
  • To critically evaluate the challenges of domestic violence in legal advocacy
  • To understand the interplay of various intersections such as race, class/caste, sexual orientation, culture, ability and social location
  • To provide experiential learning through role-plays and real-life case scenarios drawn from the court mediation program.
  • A substantive review of the new HELP Toolkit by Justice Canada
$350 + HST
To learn more about this customized training please contact Antoinette Clarke at or 905-452-7367.
We reserve the right to cancel or postpone courses with full refund.
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