I offer family mediation training together with three other senior family mediators – Barbara Anderson, Margot Hallman, and Cathryn Paul – under Family Mediation Training Ontario, “FMTO.” For more information about this organization, please visit our website at www.familymediationtrainingontario.com. The family mediation training program is comprised of five courses: Family Relations, Fundamentals of Family Mediation, Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance, Family Law, and Advanced Family Mediation Skills. The program is designed to satisfy the education/training requirements of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation Accredited Family Mediation designation, AccFM, and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario Certified Specialist in Family Mediation designation, FDRP Med.
For more information about this organization, the dates, times, and places for courses, and registration fees and procedure, please visit our website at www.familymediationtrainingontario.com.
I am pleased to provide the following description of our courses and the projected dates when they will be offered.
The participants will learn the following: family systems theory; the family dynamics of extended families; mental health issues in a family context; the complex process of divorce; attachment in family relationships; child development; reasons for separation and divorce; decisions to separate; the impact of separation and divorce on children and adults; understanding the “politics” of separation; traditional aspects of separation and divorce; restructuring of the family from chaos to stability; parenting relationships after separation and divorce; assessing the depths of the “wound”; and understanding the grieving process.
Fundamentals of Family Mediation
The participants will learn the following: the nature of conflict; alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes; negotiation theory and practice; intake and assisting prospective participants in making an informed process choice; an overview of screening; preparing the Family Mediation Agreement; opening the mediation; facilitating storytelling and agenda formation; debriefing and preparing Progress Reports; facilitating problem-solving; overcoming impasse; getting to agreement; preparing a Memorandum of Understanding or Mediation Report; continuing learning as a family mediator; professional development; and standards of practice.
Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance
The participants will learn the following: scope of the problem of domestic violence and power imbalance; typologies and risk factors; the nature of screening; confidentiality of screening; screening tools or instruments; mediation triage; assessing risk of proceeding; determining the appropriateness of mediation; designing a balanced and safe process; limitations on proceeding with mediation; safe termination and safety planning; the impact of violence and abuse on children; diversity and intersectionality; preparing screening notes or report; and ongoing screening.
The participants will learn the following: law-making systems in Canada and Ontario; applicable federal and provincial legislation including the Divorce Act, the Children’s Law Reform Act, and the Family Law Act; principal legal issues in family disputes; the administration of family justice in Ontario; substantive law pertaining to marriage and divorce; substantive law pertaining to custody of and access to children or parenting; substantive law pertaining to child support; the Child Support Guidelines; substantive law pertaining to spousal support; the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines; substantive law pertaining to property; equalization and division of property; domestic contracts; and enforcement and variation of orders and agreements
Advanced Family Mediation Skills
The participants will learn the following: interviewing; screening; preparing the Family Mediation Agreement; opening a mediation; facilitating storytelling; questioning; listening; agenda formation; preparing a Progress Report or Notes; facilitating problem-solving; overcoming impasse; and preparing settlement documents. All of these skills will be learned in the context of mediating parenting, child support, spousal support, and property disputes.
Participants will be provided with electronic copies of instructor handbooks and precedent documents. All courses involve presentations, interactive activities, and role-play. For students who register for all five courses, FMTO has set a single fee of $4,500. To all fees, HST at 13% is added.
Family Mediation Practicum
In addition to the five courses required for accreditation (OAFM) and certification (FDRIO), FMTO offers a Family Mediation Practicum. It is a three-day course that will be held on January 17-19, 2019. In this course, participants will receive further instruction on the family mediation process and associated skills. They will also mediate a case for a full day from start to finish with a coach who will provide them with a written assessment. For those who complete this practicum, FDRIO will credit them with equivalent hours to satisfy their internship requirements.
I offer family mediation training together with another senior family arbitrator – Cathryn Paul – under Family Mediation Training Ontario, “FMTO.” For more information about this organization, please visit our website at www.familymediationtrainingontario.com. The family arbitration training program is comprised of four courses: Family Relations, Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance, Family Law, and Family Arbitration. The first three courses may be taken as part of the Family Mediation training program. The Family Arbitration training program is designed to satisfy the education/training requirements of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration designation, FDRP Arb.
In the Family Arbitration course participants will learn the following: alternative dispute resolution (ADR); intake and assisting prospective participants in making an informed process choice; screening for family arbitration; preparing the Family Arbitration Agreement; conducting a Pre-Arbitration Conference; opening the arbitration; managing the arbitration hearing; evidence in an arbitration context; decision-making; preparing an arbitration Award; post-arbitration proceedings; continuing learning as a family arbitrator; professional development; and standards of practice.