Interest-Based Family Mediation Training (5 days)

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Event date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, March 16, 2017 (All day)
Name of Organization: 
Family Law Centre, Charlottetown, PE
Contact Email: 
Saint Peters Cathedral, 7 All Souls Lane, Charlottetown, PE

February 23 & 24, March 10, 16 & 17

The Family Law Section of the Department of Justice and Public Safety and the Steering Committee of the Prince Edward Island Parenting Coordination Society training in Interest-based Family Mediation. The trainings will be of interest to lawyers, social workers, psychologist, mental health professionals, mediators and other professionals who work with families in conflict. This training will be of particular interest to those interested in the emerging field of Parenting Coordination.

This 5-day training will cover the essentials of interest-based family mediation. While the context of the training is family mediation, the skills are easily translatable to any context where there is a need for individuals to resolve conflict.

You will learn five modes of conflict handling and their uses; conflict self-awareness; communication skills for interest-based process; fundamental principles, benefits and applications of mediation; roles and responsibilities of a mediator; 6 step mediation process; and how to prepare yourself and your parties for mediation and comediation.

Interest-Based Mediation

Mediation is an interest-based, confidential, voluntary process that empowers the parties involved in a conflict to find their own resolutions. The role of the interest based mediator is to act as a neutral to facilitate a process which helps people to find solutions which meet the interests, or needs, of all parties to the conflict. Mediation is used in formal and informal contexts to resolve conflict in a variety of situations. This interactive, experiential 5-day course focuses on the 6 steps of the interest-based mediation process and the communication, active listening and problem-solving skills necessary to effectively lead it. Training methodologies include presentations, small and large group discussions, role played case studies, written course materials and worksheets.


Kirstin Lund, B.A., LL.B., has offered services as a mediator, facilitator, and conflict resolution consultant and trainer since 1996. A founding faculty member of the UPEI Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies, Kirstin has designed and taught numerous courses in mediation, conflict resolution and communication and is a skills assessor for Family Mediation Canada’s national certification program, under which she has been certified since its inception in 1998.

Participants will receive a Certificate for 30 hours of professional development training in Interest-Based Mediation.

Registration fee: $590.00 + HST (cheque payable to Minister of Finance & Municipal Affairs). 

For registration form, please contact Sheryl MacTavish at the Family Law Centre ( and send payment by February 20th, 2017 to:
C/O Sheryl MacTavish
Family Law Centre
Honourable C.R. McQuaid Family Law Centre
1 Harbourside Access Road
P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8C1

Confirmation of registration will be sent by email.

For more information about the conference or registration, please contact Sheryl MacTavish at (902) 368-6940 or email