Family Mediation Certificate Courses

Learn how to effectively mediate family disputes, separations, child custody issues, and divorces. Develop practical skills in conflict resolution, facilitation, and managing complex family dynamics.

Accredited by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) and The ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO)

Family Mediation Certificate Overview

Given the high rates of separation and divorce in Canada, the practice of family mediation has become an integral resource to settle family disputes – without costly legal fees.

The Family Mediation Certificate equips students with the necessary theory and skills to mediate a wide range of family disputes.

The online format makes it easy to attend lectures and complete assignments around your schedule.

In this training, you will learn:

  • The elements and stages of the family mediation process
  • The fundamentals of family law related to mediation
  • How to screen parties for abuse, power imbalances, or violence, and ensure they are appropriate candidates for mediation
  • Practical techniques for managing emotions and facilitating discussion
  • The physical, cognitive, social, and emotional impact of separation and divorce on children and parents
  • How to reinforce positive reciprocal relationships through the practice of mediation
  • Ethical principles and codes of conduct for family mediators
  • How to draft a Memorandum of Understanding and a Separation Agreement

Role–Play and Family Mediation Simulations

The Family Mediation Certificate includes over 18 hours of mandatory role-play in accordance with OAFM requirements. All students will participate in:

  • Simulations of family mediations, conducted via video conference with the instructor and fellow classmates
  • Role-plays on how to screen candidates for family mediation

Your First Step in Becoming an Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM)

The Family Mediation Certificate is a good starting point for people seeking Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) status.

Please note there are additional requirements to become an Accredited Family Mediator – click for a complete list.

Specialized Mediation Training 

The Advanced Family Mediation class is accredited by The ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and fulfills 21 hours of the specialized mediation and related training education requirement for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation (40 total are required).

Please note there are additional requirements to become a Qualified Mediator – click for a complete list.

Family Mediation Career Paths

Family mediation can be used to settle a wide variety of disputes. Areas of practice and specialization include:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Division of property
  • Child custody
  • Parenting and decision-making
  • Support payments
  • Elder mediation

Accredited family mediators can work independently or join a mediation practice.

Course Schedule and Format

Instructor-Led Format

(Synchronous Components)
Instructor-led courses follow a set class schedule with a dedicated instructor and classmates. Students can work on assignments and readings when it works best for their schedule. The instructor posts in the discussion forum and hosts live online lectures (via conference and/or video call). Students can use those opportunities to discuss assignments, industry topics, etc. with their instructor and peers.

The instructor-led format offers increased engagement and opportunity for discussions, and requires students to complete assignments and participate in live lectures on a regular basis.

Note: This instructor-led course requires mandatory (graded) participation in role-play and mock mediation scenarios.

The following courses include mandatory live lecture / role-play times via video conference call with the instructor and fellow classmates, in order to meet training requirements outlined by OAFM.

Live Session Schedule

Live sessions take place via video conference call every Tuesday from 6:30 PM EST to between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM EST (times vary depending on course subject) and Wednesday from 6:30 PM EST to between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM EST. Please note these times and days are subject to change with notice. In the event a student misses a mandatory session, alternative arrangements may be made available. Contact admissions for the upcoming dates based on your desired start date.

Family Mediation
Week 1-4:  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (mandatory) 

Advanced Family Mediation
Week 1 and 2: Tuesdays 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST (recommended), Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST (mandatory) 

Family Law
Week 1 and 2: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST, Tuesdays (recommended) and Wednesdays (mandatory) 

Family Relations
Week 1 and 2: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST , Tuesdays (recommended) and Wednesdays (mandatory) 

Screening for Family Violence, Abuse & Power Balances
Week 1 and 2:  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (mandatory) 

*Live session times are subject to change with notice.

(4 weeks, 40 hours)

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which spans facilitation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, and litigation. Participants in this course will explore the history and goals of mediation, and the elements of the mediation process. This course examines the role of a mediator and delivers an overview of the skills necessary to successfully mediate. This course introduces you to the concepts, skills, and techniques needed to mediate disputes: determining whether mediation is appropriate, the role of the mediator, guiding the process, managing emotions, and using communication skills as a mediator. Mediation is a practical method for helping people resolve their conflicts and attain mutually satisfactory outcomes. You will mediate simulated disputes involving parents, children, extended families, in-laws, neighbors, and step-parents. Emphasis is on skill development through simulated mediations assisted by OAFM Accredited Family Mediators.

(21 hours, 2 weeks)

Participants will be introduced to advanced issues encountered throughout a family mediation. By defining the roles and stages of the mediation process, participants will begin to apply mediation theory and skills to the mediation process through role-playing, discussions, and reflective journaling. Participants will be exposed to the ethical principles and codes of conduct and ethics relating the field of mediation. Finally, participants will learn the components to drafting a Memorandum of Understanding and a Separation Agreement. Advanced Family Mediation goes into detail about how problem-solving strategies can be supported to facilitate communication and to make decisions relevant to resolving a family dispute. This course includes 10.5 hours of live/synchronous sessions with the Instructor.

(21 hours, 2 weeks)

The genesis for Family Law in Ontario is England. To understand family law in the Province of Ontario, it is necessary to understand the legal system’s evolution within English speaking nations. This course will discuss and will provide a detailed overview of Family Law in the Province of Ontario. Marriage & Divorce will be discussed with specific reference to the Marriage Act, Constitution Act, 1867, the Ontario Children’s Law Reform Act, R.S.O 1990, Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 and the Family Law Act, R.S.O 1990.

(21 hours, 2 weeks)

Understanding the structure and dynamics of a family is important to the practice of family mediation. This course will discuss the Family Systems Theory and highlight the impact separation and divorce can have on the family unit. Specifically, the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional implications on children and the parents. Students should gain insight into the re-negotiated family unit and learn about the impact this life change can have on all relationships involved and how to reinforce positive reciprocal relationships through the practice of mediation.

(21 hours, 2 weeks)

Mediation requires that all parties are screened for appropriateness for mediation. All parties must be screened to be sure they are appropriate candidates. Parties must be able to negotiate safely, voluntarily, and competently, free of danger & harm from the other. All parties must enter voluntarily. The process is vital for mediation to take place for the safety of the parties and mediator. This will be discussed in exhaustive detail. This course includes 8.4 hours of live/synchronous sessions with the Instructor

Instructors

Meet our industry-expert Instructors.

Overview

START DATES
January 16, March 13, May 8
TOTAL PROGRAM LENGTH
12 Weeks (124 hours)
DELIVERY
Online (Instructor Led)
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT
Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) OR experience in a related field

Online Dispute Resolution Workshop

This four-hour workshop is available free to those registering for the family mediation certificate.

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Accreditation and Recognition

  • The Family Mediation certificate is accredited by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). Training meets the five approved courses required for the Accredited Family Mediator designation (AccFM).
    Review a complete list of requirements to become an Accredited Family Mediator.
  • The Advanced Family Mediation class is accredited by The ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) and fulfills 21 hours of the specialized mediation and related training education requirement for the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) designation (40 total are required).
    Review a complete list of requirements to become a Qualified Mediator.

Who Should Take the Certificate?

Our mediation students come from diverse professional backgrounds. We work with:

  • Mediators looking to specialize in family mediation
  • Lawyers and individuals with a legal background
  • Non-lawyers seeking to become professional mediators
  • Business managers and HR professionals
  • Educators
  • Union representatives
  • Government officials

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Post-secondary university degree or college diploma; OR
  • Relevant professional experience

Tuition

The chart below outlines the cost of the Family Mediation classes if you choose to take them individually. Once you register for three or more classes within a certificate, you will be charged the non-refundable $200 registration fee. Individual classes must be paid in full at time of registration.

A $200 non-refundable registration fee is charged at the time you register for an entire certificate. We offer a payment plan for tuition of three equal payments of $865 at week 1, week 5, and week 9.

Kompass Alumni Benefit: Students who successfully complete a certificate with Kompass are eligible for 20% off the tuition of future certificates and classes!

**Group and employer discounts and custom corporate training options are available for three or more students**


Textbooks

*Students are responsible for purchasing these additional printed OR digital textbooks

The Family Dispute Resolution Handbook, 6th Edition + USB – (Print – $130)

Canadian Family Law 9/e (Print or Digital – $85- $136

Courses
Individual Cost
Family Mediation (4 weeks - 40 hours)
$731
Advanced Family Mediation (2 weeks- 21 hours)
$566
Family Law (2 weeks - 21 hours)
$366
Family Relations (2 weeks - 21 hours )
$366
Screening for Family Violence, Abuse & Power Balances (2 weeks – 21 hours )
$766
Online Dispute Resolution Workshop – Mediation (4 hours )
$299