All candidates for the designation, Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, “FDRP Med.,” must satisfy the following requirements:
- Candidates must be members in good standing of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, “FDRIO,” and of the Family Mediation Section.
- Preliminary Education and/or Experience: Candidates must have either a University Degree or College Diploma in a related field (eg: ADR, Social Work, Psychology, etc.), or equivalent (10 years) of relevant directly-related work experience in the Human Relations field.
- Candidates must complete a program of education in family mediation comprised of the following courses, more fully described in the For Trainers section of this website:
- Combined Basic and Advanced Family Mediation Theory and Skills Training – 60 hours or 8 days
- Family Law – 30 hours or 4 days; (Practicing family lawyers are exempted from this course requirement);
- Family Relations – 14 hours or 2 days. (Social workers and other mental health professionals are exempted from this course requirement. An optional one day may be added to comply with the accreditation requirements of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, “OAFM”) (NOTE: this requirement takes effect for applicants seeking their FDRP Med after January 1, 2018.);
- Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances – 21 hours or 3 days;
- Candidates must have completed 100 hours of family mediation work to the satisfaction of the supervisor of those 100 hours. The supervisor must be certified as a Family Mediator in Ontario.
- Candidates who have completed an optional Advanced Family Mediation Practicum of 21 hours or 3 days as part of their education/training will be credited with up to 21 hours of the internship requirements, at the discretion of the trainer, such trainer being certified as a family mediator in Ontario.
- Candidates must have completed five family mediations either as a sole mediator or co-mediator to an agreement as confirmed in a Memorandum of Understanding which must have been supervised by a Family Mediator who is certified in Ontario.
- The FDRIO Mediation Certification Committee, the “Committee,” may meet with candidates to determine their competency as family mediators. Candidates will sign a Consent permitting the Committee to make inquiries of others concerning family mediations conducted by them. The Committee may ask candidates to complete an assessment/role play for this purpose.
- Candidates who already hold a professional designation as a certified or accredited family mediator from FMC, OAFM, and/or ADRIO are exempted from the foregoing education/training and experience requirements. This exemption is available to candidates until August 31, 2017.
- Candidates with exceptional mediation training and experience who have been in active family mediation practice for 10 or more years, in the discretion of the Committee, may be exempted from the foregoing education/training requirements save and except Family Law, if they are not practicing family lawyers, Family Relations, if they are not practicing social workers or other mental health professionals, and Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances, and from the foregoing assessment requirements.
In addition to the continuing education requirements of their professional disciplines, candidates must commit to attend a minimum of ten hours of annual continuing education that includes:
- At least 2.5 hours on topics relating to screening for domestic violence and power imbalances;
- At least 2 hours on topics relating to family law;
- At least 2 hours relating to family relations and high conflict dynamics.
Professional Liability Insurance
Candidates must have and provide proof of current professional liability insurance that applies to all FDR services provided by the applicant, with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 coverage in the aggregate.
Candidates will submit the following to the Committee in support of their application for certification:
- A covering letter;
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Proof of current professional liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 coverage in the aggregate;
- Certificates of Attendance in respect of the courses prescribed in paragraph 3; if one or more is not a FDRIO approved course, particulars in the discretion of the Committee;
- A letter from their supervisor confirming completion of the internship prescribed in paragraph 4 or as modified in paragraph 5;
- A copy of the candidate’s Agreement to Mediate;
- Copies of two Memoranda of Understanding from the five cases prescribed in paragraph 6
- For candidates who already hold a professional designation from FMC, OAFM, and/or ADRIO and seeks exemption pursuant to paragraph 8, copies of the certificates issued by those organizations;
- For candidates who are practicing family mediators and seek exemption pursuant to paragraph 9, letters of reference from three lawyers or others who participated in one or more family mediations facilitated by them and letters from three family mediators who hold professional designations from any of FMC, OAFM, ADRIO, or FDRIO confirming their mediation and screening skills, along with certificates of attendance at the non- exempt courses given by FDRIO approved trainers within the past three years; and
- Payment to FDRIO in the amount of $300 for all candidates other than those who are exempted under paragraph 8 for whom payment to FDRIO will be in the amount of $50.
- FDRP Meds. will report annually to the Committee confirming their compliance with the insurance and continuing education requirements.
- All FDRIO members who hold one or more certifications will pay an annual administrative fee of $50 to maintain their certification(s).