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;
- Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances – 21 hours
- The candidate must complete 50 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 Advanced Parenting Coordination Applications and Practicum course is recognized as 21 hours of practical experience.
- 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.