All candidates for the designation FDRP- Certified Specialist in Parenting Coordination designation must satisfy the following requirements:
- The candidate must be a member in good standing of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, “FDRIO.”
- The candidate shall be a licensed mental health or legal professional in an area relating to families, or a certified family mediator with a degree in a mental health field.
- The candidate must complete a program of education in Parenting Coordination comprised in the following areas:
- Combined Basic and Advanced Family Mediation Theory and Skills Training (60 hours)
- Family Relations (14 hours) – Takes effect for applicants seeking their FDRP PC after January 1 2018. Social workers and practising mental health professionals are exempted from this course requirement.
- Family Law (30 hours) – practising family lawyers are exempted from this course requirement
- Family Law Arbitration – 40 hours;
- Parenting Coordination Basic course (14 hours): Required. Parenting Coordination Advanced/Practicum: Optional but strongly recommended;
- Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances – 21 hours
- The candidate must complete 100 hours of Parenting Coordination work in consultation/supervision with an experienced Certified Specialist in Parenting Coordination. Candidates must provide a certificate of their consultation/supervision work from the supervisor in a form approved by the Parenting Coordination Section. If the candidate is certified as a family mediator by FDRIO, OAFM, ADRIO or FMC, the required number of supervised hours of Parenting Coordination work will be between 25-50, in the discretion of the supervisor, with the goal of ensuring that the candidate has been exposed sufficiently to the varied roles of the Parenting Coordinator.
- The candidate must complete five family mediations either as a sole mediator or co-mediator to an agreement in whole or in part as confirmed in a Memorandum of Understanding and as confirmed by the supervisor.
- A candidate who has been in practice for 10 or more years, in the discretion of the FDRIO Certification Committee, may be exempted from some of the foregoing education requirements.
- The candidate must have professional liability insurance with a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 coverage in the aggregate.
Standards of Practice
- The candidate must commit to observe the Standards of Practice of FDRIO and the Parenting Coordination Section.
- 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.
- Please refer to the FDRP PC Application Checklist.