ADR Spring Series, March 21, April 10 and May 2

When:  Mar 21, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)

The 2024 ADR Spring Series (formerly known as the ADR Summit)

March 21, April 10 & May 2, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


The 2024 ADR Spring Series will be held virtually over three days, March 21, April 10 and May 2, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Twelve advanced mediation training credits will be offered.

March 21

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tara West, J.D., Ph. D.

West Mediation

"Transformative Mediation"

Transformative Mediation Essentials is a four-hour hands-on workshop that will cover the theory and principles of transformative mediation, with an emphasis on practice and skill-building. Participants will have the opportunity to engage and ask questions throughout the workshop, and to practice their new skills in small breakout groups. So you will leave with a deep understanding of transformative theory, along with skills you can begin incorporating into your practice right away. Importantly, you'll learn how you can safely experiment with the approach, even if you're not ready to go "all in.”

April 10

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Clare Fowler and Colin Rule

"Artificial Intelligence in Dispute Resolution" 

he pace of digitization in our society is not slowing down; rather, it is accelerating. This rapid technological advancement is reshaping society and, consequently, transforming the field of dispute resolution. To adapt to these changes, it is crucial that we evolve our services to effectively meet the needs of our parties, both today and in the future. In this session, our presenters will delve into the comparison between traditional ADR approaches and emerging online reality. We will explore the primary advantages and challenges associated with online ADR processes. Additionally, we will discuss three specific technology tools that can be integrated into our work with parties, enabling us to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our practice.

By participating in this session, you will gain valuable insights into the evolving landscape of dispute resolution in the digital age. You will acquire practical knowledge and tools that can be applied to your work with parties, enabling you to provide more effective and innovative solutions. We look forward to an engaging and enlightening session as we explore the intersection of technology, ADR, and the changing needs of our parties.

May 2

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Treena Reilkoff, CCM, BA, BSW, QMed, WFA, PHSA

"Trauma Informed Conflict Resolution"

Trauma is part of the world we live in and impacts our personal and professional roles as well as our clients within the ADR profession. Becoming Trauma Informed and possessing a skillset to mitigate or manage a trauma response is a universal precaution when working within Family Mediation and Arbitration. 

As a professional, becoming trauma informed describes a way of interacting with people in a professional capacity that recognizes they may have been impacted by trauma, it may or will influence their level of participation and as professionals we practice “Doing No Harm”. 

​You will be provided with an overview of what a trauma informed framework is, what the five trauma responses are, how they present within the ADR continuum of practice and a few basic tools to manage a trauma response of a client or within yourself.

Registration fees: 

$50 per day for members, $75 per day for non-members.

(Law students, sitting judges and CDRC staff and volunteers are free. Contact  



Mary Anne Parks
(248) 895-6400