First Post

Welcome to ACCORD’s brand new blog!  This blog will act somewhat like a monthly newsletter.  We will give updates, highlights, and tips that correspond with the programs that ACCORD currently runs.


What’s on the Horizon at ACCORD?

Engaged Education (For anyone interested in the topic): “Proactive Approach = RESULTS” will take place on Tuesday evening, April 26th, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm .

Continuing Education (For Mediators): “Family Court Agreement Writing” We are offering this CE for two time slots and days because it is important that all mediators receive this information.  This class will take place  Tuesday, May 10th from 10:00am-12:00pm and  Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30pm-7:30pm

Peaceful Pairings Fundraiser: Friday, June 17th starting at 6:00pm.  We are in need of volunteers from 5:30-7:00pm and then from 7:00-8:30pm.  Please contact Liz if you are interested.

CASA Meeting:  Crime Victims Assistance Center will present on their Safe Harbour and Child Advocacy Center Programs on Monday, May 2nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Then on June 6th from 6:00pm-8:00pm Liz will lead a discussion based off of a TED TALK video that discusses how childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime.


Mediator Tips

  1. Remember to take some time prior to a mediation to sort through anything in your own life that might be heavy on your mind so that you can be fully present for the parties and the other mediator involved in the mediation.
  2. Remember that active listening does not only pertain to how you interact with the parties in the room but also pertains to the other mediator you are working with.
  3. Play to your strengths!

Check out this TED TALK for some food for thought:



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