Session 3: Case Development


Course Manual Pages: 75-93


Gathering Information (p. 75)

  1. What kinds of information do I need to collect?
  2. How will I keep the information secure?

Neutralizing Language (p. 78)

  • Brainstorm and share neutralized terms with the class.

Preparing the Parties Questions/Homework (p. 80)

  • Brainstorm and share possible questions/activities you have used to prepare parties for mediation.

Screening Tools Brainstorm & Create a Safety Plan (p. 84) 

  • Start thinking about what you will use as a safety screen and what you will add to your safety plan. You will have opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas during the live session.
  •  Share what you have found useful.

Safety Screening Examples


MASIC-4 Screening Tool.pdf

MASIC-4 Mediator-case-evaluation.pdf

MASIC-4 (2010) Holtzworth-Munroe, Beck, Applegate Article – Short Version.pdf

MASIC-4 Instructions-for-using.pdf

Resolution and Court Administration Services (Government of Alberta)




Note: ADRIA has been granted special permission to share these above safety screens for educational purposes. They are not for use outside of the course, however students may use these resources to develop their own safety checklist. 

Capacity Checklist (p. 90 + 92)

  • Start thinking about what you will use as a capacity checklist/questions and how you will maintain a trauma informed and inclusive practice. You will have opportunities to ask questions and discuss ideas during the live session.
  • Consider what accommodations might be possible to mitigate capacity issues.


Safety Screening Fishbowl

  • Chartered mediator, Restorative Practices facilitator, and instructor, Joanne Munro meets in pre-mediation with “Derrick” (C.Med and instructor, Mark Donovan), whose calls to Bylaw have resulted in a suggestion to try mediation to clear the air with his neighbor. The pre-mediation is abbreviated for time reasons and does not cover many of the topics normally covered in pre-mediation. The focus is on safety.

Stories from the Field: Capacity, Safety, & Accommodations

  • Chartered mediator, Family Mediator, and coach, Debbie Schmidt, shares her experience working with a separating couple on a parenting plan where one of the parties has experienced a brain injury affecting their behaviour and ability to participate in mediation. Debbie discusses the importance of mediator neutrality, safety, taking time, and assessing accommodations throughout the process.

Meeting ID: 631 9949 4388
Passcode: 825483