ADR - Nanaimo Section Meeting 

Jun. 20, 2019
Ladysmith BC

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Hostage Negotiators' Non-Coercive & Non-Avoidant Skills
This meeting is being hosted by the ADR Nanaimo Section, in partnership with the Mid-island Dispute Resolution Group.

Speaker(s): Emma Van der Klifts, Neurodivergent Speaker, Author and Disability Rights Activist
Time: Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Location: Private Residence; Address available to registrants only, Ladysmith , BC
Meal Cost: N/A
CPD Hours: 1.00
Please note that this is an estimate of the total hours of CPD that are being offered. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, an assessment will be made as to exactly how many hours will be approved.

Hostage Negotiators must quickly establish trust, build rapport and foster collaboration in extreme crisis situations. Few people know that the success rates for hostage negotiators is greater than 90% - in both domestic and international negotiations - SWAT teams only are used in less than 1% of those situations. Negotiators rely on relational, communication-based strategies to de-escalate suicidal, homicidal and barricaded individuals.

After a year of conversations with hostage negotiators from all over North America, including Dominic Misino of the New York City Hostage Negotiation Team (whom negotiated the Lufthansa hijacking) as well as John Tost of the RCMP (whom negotiated the Heddingley Prison riots) and numerous others, Emma Van der Klifts, Neurodivergent Speaker, Author and Disability Rights Activist, outlines what she’s learned and offers some of the non-coercive and non-avoidant skills and insights hostage negotiators use.

Event Details
Please bring something to cook on the BBQ and your own drinks. We will provide salads, cheese and bread and dessert. Parking is limited so please park on the road if you can.

Address will be shared with confirmed registrants.

Speaker Bio
Emma Van der Klift is a neurodivergent speaker, author and disability rights activist. Recently diagnosed as autistic, she has embraced the diagnosis with a sense of relief, recognition and confirmation. Although she worked in the non-profit sector supporting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for many years, like many other autistic girls and women she did not recognize her experience as represented in the common societal narratives about autism until recently. Emma, with her partner Norman Kunc, travels extensively throughout North America and abroad providing inservice and training to schools, universities, human service organizations and businesses in the areas of inclusive education, conflict resolution, employment equity and other disability rights issues. They were regular speakers at the Harvard Principal’s Institute for many years, and regularly work with International American Schools all over the world. Emma and Norman have published many journal articles and currently are preparing 3 books for publication.

Emma holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, and is certified in Family Mediation, Mediation and Negotiation with the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Emma sometimes wonders if she is the only autistic mediator!

As an autistic person, Emma understands that not everyone presents to the world in expected ways. Unusual body language, lack of eye contact and what sometimes appears to be a lack of affect do not necessarily mean that a person is disengaged or non-empathetic. In fact, many autistic people experience hyper-empathy. During Emma’s time as a coach with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, she often saw students who did not conform to expected societal norms, and was concerned that some of the issues they experienced in workplace and home situations - issues that often brought them to the Justice Institute for training - were misunderstood not only by employers, co-workers and family members, but also sometimes by trainers. She believes that broadening our understanding of neurodiversity can help us ensure that non-conforming individuals have the opportunity to benefit from our training, and also benefit those of us who do the training.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
The CBABC provides access to Section activities for all members. The facilities for this meeting may be wheelchair accessible. For information about accessible parking or to communicate your request for other accommodation you require, please contact CBABC Sections at

We also welcome your suggestions for enhancing the inclusiveness of our activities.

Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

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Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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