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Multi-Party Mediation

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  • No Multi-Party Mediation courses are currently scheduled.

Three Days (21 Credit Hours) 

This course is specifically designed for those individuals in the field of mediation who desire to mediate and work with multiple parties seeking to resolve complex, multi-stakeholder issues. The course examines the issues, challenges and techniques required to mediate conflicts involving 3 to 100 stakeholder groups. It builds on and expands the basic two party mediation framework by examining the circumstances within which these disputes evolve and identifies the unique tools and techniques required to successfully mediate these disputes.

The course will be of particular interest to those involved in policy development, creating multiparty partnerships, local community issues, as well as corporate and government representatives who are faced with bringing disparate parties together to work on a common task.


Bill Diepeveen has over 25 years experience in mediating and facilitating highly complex, and often politically charged, disputes. He brings extensive experience dealing with industry, citizen groups, governments, and NGO's, as well as twenty years experience in teaching. He has written extensively on the subject and was awarded the Lionel J. McGowan award by the ADR Institute of Canada for outstanding leadership in the field of conflict resolution.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the unique characteristics and environments of multi-party dispute resolution
  • Have a clear understanding of the requirements to convene and mediate such a process
  • Understand the implications of mediating with government ministries, regulatory agencies, not for profits, and large corporate entities
  • Understand the complexity of the assessment component of the process
  • Be able to evaluate multi-party processes
  • Participate in role-plays based on multi-party dispute case studies
  • Understand and practice the convening process 

Who Should Take This Course

  • ADR practitioners looking to branch out into multi-party conflict resolution
  • New mediators wanting to add to their training
  • Multi-Party Mediation or Consensus Decision-Making?
With a unique focus on the intricacies of specifically functioning as a third party neutral with multiple parties this course differentiates itself from consensus decision-making by centering itself within the framework of the mediation model. There is considerable overlap with the Consensus Decision Making course however this course stresses the role that the mediator brings to these complex problems as they work with the parties to reach creative collaborative solutions to complex issues.

Course Requirements

ADRIA membership is required to take this course.

Learners must have successfully completed National Introductory Mediation prior to registering in this program.

This course is 3 days in length; full attendance is required to receive a certificate of course completion.

Students who have already completed the Consensus Decision-Making course should consider the similarities and differences between the courses prior to registering for this course.  Please contact the ADRIA Education office if you have questions.  

Course Fees

Cost for this course is $900 plus GST.

Course Materials

Course materials will be provided on the first day of class.

Learning Format

This course includes lecture, class discussion, role-playing, and small group work.

ADR Designation Qualification

This course qualifies as 21 hours of specialized training toward a Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) or Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designation.

Program Certificate Credits

Upon successful completion, this course counts as 21-hours of specialized training towards ADRIA's Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.

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