Presented in collaboration with Mediate BC
Monday & Tuesday, December 16 & 17, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (BOTH days)
Vancouver: Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson Street, Vancouver
Limited enrolment. Register early to avoid disappointment!
(Original course dates: January 21 & 22, 2013; January 24 & 25, 2013; October 24 & 25, 2013, November 28 & 29, 2013, all in Vancouver)
Mediate BC Roster mediators will receive a 20% off the full regular course registration fee. Call Customer Service to register.
Who should attend: “Family law dispute resolution professionals”, defined by the Family Law Act to include family justice counsellors, mediators, arbitrators, parenting coordinators, and family lawyers.
Learning level: All levels
Identifying, assessing, and managing family violence and power imbalances in dispute resolution process design
The new Family Law Act emphasizes out-of-court dispute resolution, and creates new duties for "family dispute resolution professionals" which are defined by the FLA as mediators, arbitrators, and parenting coordinators. The regulations set minimum training and practice standards for family dispute resolution professionals to ensure families are directed to appropriate processes conducted by qualified practitioners. Family dispute resolution professionals (mediators, arbitrators, and parenting coordinators) will have until January 1, 2014 to meet the training and practice requirements.
The Family Law Act also provides that family dispute resolution professionals (mediators, arbitrators, and parenting coordinators) must screen for family violence to ensure the processes used do not endanger or disadvantage families. This involves assessing whether family violence may be present, and helping clients determine which dispute resolution processes might best keep them and their children safe and empower them to negotiate effectively. While all family lawyers are not at this time required to attend family violence screening training, the FLA does require that all family lawyers certify that they have screened for family violence with every client.
This highly interactive two-day workshop using lectures, current literature, research and statistics, real-case studies, role-playing, coaching, and in-class discussion, and the guidance of trained coaches, is designed to meet the training requirements for family dispute resolution professionals under the amended Family Law Act and Regulation.
Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 14 hours (a minimum of 2 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)
Lisa C. Alexander — Vancouver (Sessions 1 & 2)
Arlene H. Henry, QC — Arlene H. Henry Law Corporation, Vancouver (Sessions 1, 2 & 3)
Carol W. Hickman, QC — Quay Law Centre, New Westminster (Sessions 1, 2 & 3)
December 16 & 17 course:
EARLY BIRD: Register by November 18, 2013 and SAVE—Regular: $1,100
After November 18, 2013 Regular: $1,210
Mediate BC Roster mediators will receive 20% off the full regular course registration fee. Call Customer Service to register.
Registration includes workshop materials. These materials are not available for sale separately. Note: These materials will not be distributed electronically.
CLEBC Program Lawyer
Teresa M. Sheward