Mediating High Conflict Disputes

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New ways for mediation

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
via webinar only

Limited enrolment. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Please note: This course will not be added to Courses on Demand. Courses involving professional speakers and skills-based workshops generally do not get added to Courses on Demand.

Who should attend: All mediators and those acting as counsel in mediations

Learning level: Intermediate

Have your best mediation skills failed with some clients? And then felt that despite your best efforts, some mediations are impossible?

It's likely that you may have been mediating with one or more parties with a high conflict personality, making it a high conflict dispute.

High conflict disputes are different. They often involve one or more individuals with a pattern of high conflict behaviour, characterized by all-or-nothing thinking, unmanaged emotions, extreme behaviour, and preoccupation with blaming others.

In this one-day workshop, instructor Michael Lomax will provide a new approach to mediating such disputes: New Ways for Mediation. This approach includes several paradigm shifts from ordinary mediation by not relying on insight, expression of emotions, or discussions of the past.

Instead, this method focuses on teaching clients four simple skills to use within a simple structure that keeps them focused on problem-solving solutions and away from venting, reworking the past, extreme demands, rigid positions, and other self-defeating behaviours.

The skills for mediators are also simple and less stressful, so that they serve primarily as a guide and source of information throughout the process. Some or all of the tips and tools of this method can be used with any mediation.

After this training, you will:

  • have the necessary skills for handling high conflict mediations
  • experience increased confidence as you settle into the specific structure of this method
  • let go of feeling responsible for the outcome

Prerequisite: It is recommended that you have already taken some introductory training in Dealing with High Conflict Personalities with Michael Lomax or the High Conflict Institute. 

Mediate BC Roster mediators will receive 20% off the full regular course registration fee. Please contact Customer Service to register.

This course counts for 6.0 Family DR CPD hours.

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6.5 hours (including a minimum of 1 hour pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Instructors
Megan Hunter, MBA — High Conflict Institute, Scottsdale, AZ
Michael J. Lomax, JD — Michael Lomax CDR Inc., Victoria

Register by Nov. 14/23
Regular Price
After Nov. 14/23
Webinar $535 $611
Webinar Articled Student $305.50 $305.50

Are you an Indigenous lawyer/Articled Student/legal support staff/paralegal or community member?
We value your contributions and encourage your participation in all of our programs. To increase accessibility, we offer a 50% discount* to all Indigenous lawyers/Articled Students/legal support staff/paralegals and a limited number of free online registrations to non-lawyer Indigenous community members. (*discount applies to Regular prices, not Early Bird prices). Please contact Customer Service to find out more.

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Registration includes an electronic copy of Mediating High Conflict Disputes by Bill Eddy and Michael J. Lomax.

CLEBC Program Coordinator 
Mary Kingston

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