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.” A letter from the supervisor confirming completion of the required components to the supervisor’s satisfaction and a recommendation for certification is required.) (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. The Committee, may, in its discretion, consider equivalent training.
- Candidates must have completed 100 hours of family mediation practical experience to the satisfaction of the supervisor(s) of those 100 hours. The supervisor must be certified as a Family Mediator in Ontario. The supervisor will provide a letter of recommendation that meets the requirements of the Guidance to Mediation Internship Supervisors document.
- Candidates may apply up to 40 hours of simulated experience gained through an approved Practicum towards their 100 hour requirement.
- Following receipt of the online application, the applicant may be required to provide a writing assignment within a determined amount of time.
- 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.
- 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.
Please refer to the FDRP Med Application Checklist.
- 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).