National Introductory Mediation Course

We offer the ADR Institute of Canada 40-hour National Introductory Mediation Training Course once per year in the Spring, alternating between Saskatoon and Regina. The next planned delivery is anticipated to be in Saskatoon in the Spring of 2021.
In 2020, we added a second delivery of this course due to an unusually high level of interest, however we plan to return to one offering in 2021. The 2020 courses were scheduled for May, postponed to August, and eventually presented virtually in the COVID-19 reality.  ADRSK believes an online delivery provides an inferior experiential learning environment, and hopes to deliver in-person in 2021, however in-person training will be subject to local health authority guidance in place at the time.

Course dates for 2021 will be determined in the new year.  Our registration protocol is that registration opens first to ADR Saskatchewan members for a specific period of time, after which, should any spots remain available, registration opens to the public.  We do not hold or reserve spaces.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and based on paid registrations.  View our detailed registration protocol here.

To apply for membership, please click the JOIN tab above.  Non-members may subscribe to our mailing list to receive notices regarding course deliveries (this is not a waitlist and does not guarantee a spot in any course offering).  Email us at with your full contact information.


This is a comprehensive, 40 hour program which aims to prepare learners to effectively facilitate the Understanding-Based Approach to resolving disputes.

Taught by nationally approved Chartered Mediators of the Institute, along with a team of Coaches who are either Chartered or Qualified Mediators, this course will be of interest to anyone learning mediation skills to either enhance their conflict resolution skills, or pursue a career as a mediator. No prior mediation training or qualifications required.


  • Develop a clear understanding of their own perceptions, biases, and attitudes and how they impact others in conflict resolution.
  • Learn the dynamics of conflict and the challenges of entering into negotiations.
  • Learn tools for active listening, effective communicating, and managing power imbalance and heightened emotion in individuals in conflict.
  • Learn the six phases of the Understanding-Based Approach to assist parties in reaching creative, mutually satisfactory resolutions.
  • Participate in role plays to practice new conflict resolution skills and techniques.


  • Anyone interested in learning mediation skills either to enhance their conflict resolution skills, or to pursue a career in mediation, including: Lawyers, Human Resource Professionals, Accountants, Educators, Project Managers, Team Leaders and anyone involved in situations where conflict may arise.
  • No prior mediation training or qualifications required.
  • This Course satisfies the Full Member criteria for an ADR Institute-approved 40 hour course in mediation, thereby providing graduates with access to membership in the ADR Institute of Canada. It also provides the basic training component for the ADR Canada Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation.


  • Approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 40.0 CPD hours.
  • Eligible for 40 CHRP Recertification Hours from Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan.
  • Earn 50 CEE points from ADR Institute of Canada for C.Meds and Q.Meds.



Day 1

  • Learning styles
  • Dealing with difficult behaviours
  • Conflict dynamics
  • Conflict styles
  • Belief systems and perceptions
  • Introduction to the Understanding-Based Approach
  • Dispute resolution options
  • Negotiating tactics and styles

Day 2

  • Philosophy of mediation
  • Mediation and the legal system
  • Win/Lose and Win/Win negotiations
  • The six-phase model
  • Using scenarios to think through the model
  • Communication skills


Day 3

  • Assertive expression
  • Questions that work
  • Active listening skills
  • Shifting perspectives
  • The limbic sysem in emotions and thinking
  • Emotions: integration of brain, mind, and relationships


Day 4

  • Empathy: reciprocity or mutuality?
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • The Memorandum of Understanding
  • Writing mediation reports
  • Professional mediation designations
  • Mediation practice and role-play

Day 5

  • Mediation practice and role-play
  • Evaluation
  • Wrap up



  • The National Introductory Mediation Course Manual
  • The National Introductory Mediation Course Activities Manual
  • Refreshment breaks and lunch on all 5 days.

Note: Participants will be required to complete a Conflict Styles Inventory prior to the start of the Course. This material will be provided to registrants by e-mail about 10 days in advance.

Participants will receive a Certificate upon successful completion of the Course.


Charmaine Panko, L.L.B., C.Med., Q.Arb., is a collaborative lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator who has assisted in the resolution of legal disputes of all types from corporate commercial to family and estate matters. She is committed to the education and development of dispute resolution practitioners, having trained numerous professionals in understanding-based processes such as collaborative law and mediation.

Charmaine is a sectional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law teaching the upper year negotiations class, and provides coaching and mentoring on a volunteer basis.

M. Scott Siemens, C.Med, B.Comm., FICB, is a Government of Canada accredited Internal Labour Relations Mediator with the Department of Justice’s ICMS network.  Scott regularly provides training on internal government management techniques, conflict resolution, and restorative justice.

Scott's background includes volunteering overseas administering conflict transformation programs, and working within various multi-disciplinary teams engaged in conflict resolution.

Note: The ADR Institute of Canada National Introductory Training Programs are delivered exclusively through highly qualified Trainers who have been accredited by ADRIC to deliver the programs.

(2020 rates - subject to change for 2021)
Members:          $2,195 plus GST
Non-Members:  $2,495 plus GST

View our Registration protocol.

(2020 dates, to be updated once the 2021 dates have been determined)
For the First Session August 17-21, 2020: Request for cancellation must be received in writing to  Requests received on or prior to July 19, 2020 receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee; between July 19 and August 9, 2020, receive a full refund less a $200 administration fee; on or after August 10, 2020, receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee.
For the Second Session August 24-28, 2020: Request for cancellation must be received in writing to  Requests received on or prior to July 26, 2020 receive a full refund less a $100 administration fee; between July 26 and August 16, 2020, receive a full refund less a $200 administration fee; on or after August 17, 2020, receive a full refund less a $750 administration fee.

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