Family Dynamics: The Effects of Power Imbalance and Abuse on the Family

  • 01 Feb 2012
  • 03 Feb 2012
  • Moncton, NB

Course Name: Family Dynamics: The Effects of Power Imbalance and Abuse on the Family


Moncton, NB

Date: February 1, 2 & 3


Understanding the role of family dynamics plays an integral part in the family mediator’s analysis of how to structure a family mediation.

Who should attend

Persons who are interested in practising family mediation.


What you will learn

This three-day course will assist you in learning how to utilize intake screening tools to assess whether mediation is appropriate, safe and fair for the respective individuals prior to the mediation and throughout the entire mediation process.

You will also explore the effects of family abuse and power imbalance on family members through role plays, and learn how to create a safety plan that enables individuals who choose mediation to participate in the process with safety as the foremost principle. The development of a parenting plan will complete the learning activities for this experiential course.

Learning Goals

  1. Discuss the ethical rules and the standards of practice for mediators in abuse cases.
  2. Understand the role that family dynamics and the effects of abuse have on family members participating in mediation.
  3. Learn to use and analyze an intake screening tool to assess the appropriateness of mediation.
  4. Identify and explore the effects of power imbalance in family mediation.
  5. Develop parenting plans to reflect the needs of intense family conflict and abuse cases.


Methodology for Learning Goals

This twenty-one hour course will revolve around the course content as outlined in the learning goals as well as the specific needs of the participants. Experiential in nature, the course will incorporate presentations, examples, case studies, the preparation of parenting plans and role plays. There will be an opportunity for participants to reflect upon their learning and activities each day.


  • Introduction to Interest-Based Conflict Resolution
  • Interest-Based Medication



Elizabeth Sterritt


Credit hours

21 hours credit in the Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies

Course fee

$749/$769. Participants enrolled in the Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies are eligible for the reduced course fee.

ADR Atlantic Institute

Box 123,  Halifax, NS

B3J 2M4


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