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)

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 Certificates 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
  • 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. See a complete list here.

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, opportunity for discussion 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 conference/video call with the instructor and fellow classmates, in order to meet training requirements outlined by OAFM.

Upcoming Live Session Schedule

Advanced Family Mediation
(Upcoming date: January 3rd – 16th)
Week 1 and 2: 6:30 PM – 9:15 PM EST, Mondays and Wednesdays (both days mandatory) 

Family Law
(Upcoming date: January 17th to 30th) 
Week 1 and 2: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST, Tuesdays (optional) and Wednesdays (mandatory)

Screening for Family Violence, Abuse & Power Balances
(Upcoming date: February 14th – 27th)
Week 1 and 2:  6:30 PM – 8:45 PM EST, Mondays and Wednesdays (both days 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


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November 22, January 31
12 Weeks (124 hours)
Online (Instructor Led)
Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) OR experience in a related field

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Accreditation and Recognition

This certificate is accredited by the Ontario Association for Family Mediators (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 click here.

Who Should Take the Course?

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


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


The chart below outlines the cost of the Family Mediation courses if you choose to take them individually. Once you register for 3 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.

**Group and employer discounts and custom corporate training options are available for 3 or more students**


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

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

Canadian Family Law 8/e (Print or Digital – $78 – $124.80)

Individual Cost
Family Mediation (4 weeks - 40 hours)
Advanced Family Mediation (2 weeks- 21 hours)
Family Law (2 weeks - 21 hours)
Family Relations (2 weeks - 21 hours )
Screening for Family Violence, Abuse & Power Balances (2 weeks – 21 hours )