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Elder Mediation International Network (EMIN)

7th World Summit on Mediation with Age Related Issues

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada

June 25-27, 2014

EMIN Summit - Halifax, Canada

Some of the participants at the EMIN Summit in Halifax, Canada

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Elder Mediation Canada (now part of Family Mediation Canada) and the Elder Mediation International Network are pleased to inform you that arrangements for the Seventh World Summit & Symposium on Mediation with Age Related Issues to be held in picturesque Halifax are now being put in place. The planning group is busy confirming speakers, accommodations and activities for visitors to this beautiful seaport situated on the east coast of Canada. We anticipate a host of new topics to share with all who are interested and dedicated to continuous learning and stimulating conversations about this important and growing field.
Here are the details to date for the Halifax Summit:
Wednesday, June 25 - Friday, June 27, 2014
Rosaria Student Centre
Mount Saint Vincent University (
Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada

For more information about this venue and for tourist information regarding Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia please select the following links:
Mount Saint Vincent University
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Summit attendees will need to organize their own accommodations, if required. For accommodations at the Summit venue please contact:
Patricia Drake
Conference Co-ordinator
Mount Saint Vincent University
Phone: (902) 457-6355
Fax: (902) 443-5793

To view accommodations at Mount Saint Vincent University visit : www.msvu.ca/stay
REGISTRATION RATES:        $650.00 CAD ($550.00 if paid by May 26, 2014)

Cancellation Policy: If your cancellation is received prior to May 31 your fee will be refunded less a $50.00 administration charge. Cancellations received after May 31will be subjected to a $100 administration charge. After June 11, 2014 no refunds will be given. All refunds will be issued at the end of June 2014.


To date EMIN has organized six international summits (2008-2013) and has introduced an International Certification Program. An internationally accepted Code of Professional Conduct is being utilized in many countries and is available in English, German and French.  Elder Mediation world summits have been held in Canada, Ireland, United States, Switzerland, Scotland and Australia connecting hundreds of people from fifteen countries - mediators, lawyers, gerontologists, social workers, physicians, health care professionals, volunteers, family members, caregivers, academics, students, service clubs and professionals considering entering this new field of practice – coming together to share their knowledge, vision and questions.
The summits are a testimony of the support and collegiality of numerous individuals and organizations who have supported the goals of EMIN. Such collaboration has enabled elder mediators from different parts of the world, and often from different disciplines and backgrounds, to work together.  What they share, along with their knowledge, is a recognition of the uniqueness of Elder Mediation wherein those who can incorporate a legal perspective and a social sciences perspective together with a family mediation approach will enthusiastically welcome the presence and collaborative involvement of participants at the Elder Mediation table.
Past summits have called for much needed advocacy, high standards through certification, continued learning opportunities and continued research - both quantitative and qualitative - to provide concrete knowledge regarding the effects of elder mediation with families. This will lead to the development of further knowledge and programs driven by evidence-based practice. Steadily people are becoming aware of, and participating in, elder mediation services; pilot programs are increasing and outcomes are encouraging. Future world summits will continue to be a venue where interested and invested parties will be present for a conversation around how to best strengthen the elder mediation service. By taking an international approach and reviewing what people have learned, as well as heightening our awareness of what needs to be learned, the profession of elder mediation is coming to be understood and utilized.
Call for speakers and panelists will start immediately with the majority of speakers expected to come from Canada, Europe & Australia. Workshops will be similar to  the highly successful format of previous years with a twenty minute presentation and time for dialogue. Our goal is to have as many countries as possible represented. Because of the high number of requests to speak and the limited spaces,
preference will be given to those who have acquired Elder Mediation certification or are presently working toward their elder mediation certification.
For the 2014 Summit, the Curriculum Committee is particularly interested in the following proposal topics:
•          Best practices and innovative approaches in elder mediation
•          First hand experiences from voices who have participated in the elder mediation process
•          Ageism and its implications for elder mediation
•          Financial and estate issues
•          Promoting quality of life and ensuring dignity and respect for all as people get older
•          Family Life Cycle and intergenerational dynamics
•          Dementias and other significant health issues; chronic diseases etc. that may arise as people get older
•          Elder mediation and it’s place in reducing abuse and neglect
•          Innovative elder mediation programs and special projects
•          Elder mediation advocacy
•          Elder mediation research
•          Why elder mediation is changing the face of health care
•          Elder Mediation support teams
•          Family and Elder Law ( Scotland and European perspective)
•          Guardianship
•          Grief & loss, empathy, ethical issues and implications for elder mediation
•          Training standards for elder mediators
•          Issues of aging around the world
In addition to their professional training, speakers will be selected on the following criteria:
•          use of subject matter for expert panels, rather than individual speakers;
•          promoting innovative dialogue and highlighting research which advances elder mediation;
•          relevance of content to elder mediation professional practice;
•          collaborative presentation topics and examples of successful partnerships that include the voices of families, and other’s utilizing the service;
•          creative use of presentation formats that maximize adult learning interactions and opportunities for professional educational and practical skill development.

The goal of the event is to bring together all those interested in learning about and supporting elder mediation, and others interested in informative discussions for the benefit of all in the field.