Monday, April 24 to Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*Sea Breeze Lodge, Big Tree 3 – 2, Hornby Island
Limited enrollment. Register early to avoid disappointment!
Who should attend: All mediators interested in understanding the concept of Circle Mediation in order to use the process in their mediation practices.
Learning level: Advanced
This advanced course is for mediators working with disputes where the relationship is ongoing, introducing the principles underlying Circle processes, and how to keep a Circle. Participants will learn how the values-based, holistic ways of a Circle can fundamentally change an adversarial dynamic. Circles provide a safe place for expressing strong emotion and a structure that imposes reflection on participants, thereby reducing reactivity and distributional thinking.
We learn about them from Indigenous teachings and practice; yet they are intercultural, in that all people can find a voice in a Circle whatever their worldview. Circles present non-coercive, indirect ways for people to lessen defensiveness and build connection. They offer a healing potential not found in more linear processes, so they are particularly valuable where the parties' connection continues after mediation, such as workplace and organizational settings, child-protection, partnership, small business disputes, estate, intergenerational family, and property disputes.
This course will teach and offer experiential learning in assessing conflict for appropriateness of a Circle, preparation for, and keeping a Circle. It will also introduce a hybrid approach of Circle-Mediation, where we will show how the keeper and participants in the Circle can shift to a "mediative mode" when the time is right for problem-solving and decision-making, and the context invites a more condensed approach.
Prerequisite: Participants will need a foundational level of mediation/dispute resolution training for this course, a minimum of 40 hours (or by permission of the instructors).
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 21 hours (a minimum of 2 hours pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)
Sally S. Campbell — S. Campbell Mediation Services, Hornby Island
Julie Daum — Mediator, Fraser Lake
EARLY BIRD (Register by March 27, 2017 and SAVE)
Live Course: $1,485
After March 27, 2017
Live Course: $1,650
Registration includes handout materials and lunch. The handout materials will not be distributed electronically.
Find out more on dispute resolution accreditation through the Law Society of B.C.
Unable to attend without financial support? Learn more about CLEBC's Bursary Program and our Easy Pay Plan.
*Sea Breeze Lodge: www.seabreezelodge.com has a limited number of cottages available for guests requiring accommodation. If you are interested, please contact them directly at 1.888.516.2321 and let them know you are with the CLEBC group.
CLEBC Program Coordinator
Mary Kingston, Production Manager, Programs