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December Learner Session: The Words We Choose

  • Wednesday, December 05, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Milbourne Market Mall #225, Tower 1 3697 Mill Woods Road NW Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6
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An ADRIA Event

It can be tempting, when parties present strong ideas, language, and feelings, to want to temper those feelings and thoughts with neutralizing language.  It can be tempting when parties are writing up a mediated agreement to control the content and the final agreement.  In these and many other ways, mediators are confronted with alluring opportunities to insert themselves into the conversation and even the resolution.  But, to do so means to invalidate, or worse, to undermine the self-determination of the parties.   

As mediators and students we need to be conscientious of how our choice of words can sanitize, corrupt, or co-opt a client’s thoughts and feelings or can sink the chances of a sustainable agreement. 

How can we be true to our role as process managers while honouring the words of the parties?

What role does our own culture play in the words we do and do not choose?

You are invited to take an hour to participate in this conversation.  In the second hour, explore these concepts through practice.

This session will be facilitated by Anita Veldhuisen-Slomp.


Milbourne Market Mall
#225, Tower 1
3697 Mill Woods Road NW 
Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6


Online (contact "education" to request details no later than 1 day before session)

Please register even if you plan to join us online so we can gauge the number of those attending. 

Registration closes one day before session.

If you are no longer planning to attend the session, you are asked to cancel ahead of time (send email to education at

Sessions may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrants.

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