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Certificate in Family Mediation

Certificate in Family Mediation

Gain the skills and experience to confidently mediate family conflict

Next Enrolment

June 10th, September 21st




Join Ontario’s only university family mediation program and develop the skills and experience you need to mediate conflict and help families enduring difficult times move forward collaboratively.

What you will learn

In our part-time Certificate in Family Mediation, you will gain the insights, skills, and practical experience to help families work together to resolve conflict in a practical and safe manner. This program will help you:

  • Prepare to work closely with families in conflict to help them work through disputes, identify fair and reasonable solutions, and strengthen their relationships
  • Reduce families’ emotional stress, ensure an equal voice to all parties, and help form lasting agreements
  • Gain practical mediation experience and develop emotional intelligence

Program Benefits

  • Fulfills the training requirements for the Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation
  • Learn first-hand from certified and practicing industry-expert coaches and instructors who regularly encounter the types of interpersonal challenges that result from family conflict
  • Participate in experiential learning opportunities, including role-playing sessions, which will allow you to develop your mediation skills and improve your confidence as a new practitioner


  • Family Mediation Program Information Webinar [00:58:40] [Watch now]
    Learn more about our Certificate in Family Mediation, including information on courses, instructors, and how to enrol.
    * From 00:29:05, instructor Mary Anne Popescu speaks about the pathways to being a professional family mediator.
  • The Changing Landscape of Family Dispute Resolution in Canada [00:59:06] [Watch now]
    Learn more about how COVID-19 and changes to the Divorce Act have helped to increase access to justice and promote more inclusive dispute resolution practices. Family Law Specialist and program Instructor Archana Medhekar, BSC, LL.B, LL.M, ACC.FM, is the featured speaker in this engaging discussion.
  • How Family Mediation has Changed Since the COVID-19 Crisis [00:02:25] [Watch now]
    Since the pandemic, Family Mediators have experienced drastic changes in how they serve their clients. Hear from our instructor Mary-Anne Popescu on how family mediators still affect positive change in their clients’ lives through online venues.

Part-Time Program:
Format: Part-Time
Delivery: Live online classes and coaching sessions (12 weekends, Sat & Sun 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
Program Length: 6 months
Term Starts: Fall, Winter

Summer Intensive Program:
Format: Intensive
Delivery: Live online classes and coaching sessions (4 days per week 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
Program Length: 6 weeks
Term Starts: Summer

Career Potential

Professional Associations

The School of Continuing Studies at York University is an approved training provider with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).

York University’s Family Mediation Certificate meets the training requirements for the Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation with OAFM – the largest accrediting body for Family Mediators in Ontario.

More information can be found on the (OAFM) website.

Get Hired for Jobs Like:
  • Family Mediator
  • Social Worker
  • Child & Youth Worker
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Active listening
  • Managing power dynamics
  • Social perceptiveness

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in Family Mediation is ideal for:
  • Professionals currently working in, or considering undertaking, a role related to family conflict
  • Professionals seeking a formal certification to enhance and validate their competency in this area

Many students in this program come from a variety of fields that interact with families, including but not limited to:

    • Law, Paralegal Services
    • Social Work
    • Health Care, Patient Services
    • Teaching, Education Administration
    • Psychology, Counselling, Coaching
    • Financial Services, Business Evaluation, Trust Management
    • Community, Social, and Human Services
    • Newcomer Services
    • Real Estate
    • Youth Justice
    • Mental Health Services
    • Faith Services, Ministry
    • Addiction Services
    • Long-Term Care
    • Victim Services
    • Law Enforcement, Corrections
    • Arbitration
    • Child Protection
    • Public Policy, Government
    • Human Resources


Enrolment Requirements

This is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

Delivery Format

The Certificate in Family Mediation is offered in two formats – part-time and intensive. Please click here to learn more about the intensive format.

Part-Time – (6 months)

  • The part-time offering is the same program as the intensive offering, except it is offered on occasional weekends (Saturday and Sunday) over a period of 6 months — a format best suited to working professionals to allow students to balance multiple commitments and priorities
  • Courses are currently offered Live Online via Zoom at a regularly scheduled day and time
  • Courses are scheduled to run on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and attendance is mandatory

Note: Classes are typically held every other weekend, however there are some variations in this schedule to accommodate statutory and major holidays.


CSFM1000 Family Mediation Fundamentals

Participants will learn about the nature of conflict and conflict management, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, negotiation with a focus on the interest-based negotiation model developed by the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and Mediation with an emphasis on facilitative mediation as applied in a family mediation context.

CSFM1020 Family Law

Participants will learn about the law-making systems in place in Canada, the legislative jurisdiction over family law, and the family justice system in Ontario. They will learn of the law pertaining to custody of and access to children, child support, spousal support, and property equalization and division. Participants learn how to search online for legislation, regulations, and reported decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal. They will review statutory and case law. The instructor will demonstrate the use of computer software to determine potential financial support and property outcomes.

CSFM1010 Assessing and Screening for Domestic Violence

This course covers essential elements within and throughout the family mediation process that all family mediators must be fully attuned to. The instructor will inform participants about domestic violence and power imbalance as phenomena that are characteristic of many families and how to screen and assess readiness and appropriateness for mediation. The instructor will provide participants with a screening instrument and they will role-play its application to safety planning within the context of family mediation. A variety of learning modalities are used including lecture, group discussions, exercises, and role-play.

CSFM1030 Family Relations

The course in Screening for Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance informs participants of an essential element of the family mediation process required by all of the principal family mediation organizations. The instructor will inform the participants about domestic violence and power imbalance as phenomena that are characteristic of many families. The instructor will provide them with a screening instrument and they will role-play its application. The instructor will review the impact of what participants learn through screening, in particular, whether mediation is appropriate, and if so, those measures a mediator can take to ensure that he or she provides a safe environment. A variety of learning modalities are used including lecture, demonstrations interactive experiential activities, and role-play.

CSFM1040 Advanced Family Mediation

This course is an experiential application of the skills learned throughout the Family Mediation Certificate Program. The trainer will combine lecture along with interactive learning activities including role-play to cover topics such as mobility, intergenerational issues, dealing with impasse, conflict analysis, unconscious and implicit bias, cultural fluency, working with high-conflict behaviors, management of multiparty situations, drafting, and process design to address power imbalance. The course will include an overall comprehensive look at the mediation process and deepening of the mediator experience will be explored through reflective practice.


Anisa Ali Family Mediation Instructor

Anisa Ali

Dan Ashbourne Family Mediation Instructor

Dan Ashbourne

Kavita Bhagat Family Mediation Instructor

Kavita Bhagat

Neeraj Goel Family Mediation Instructor

Neeraj Goel

Michelle Hayes Family Mediation Instructor

Michelle Hayes

Archana Medhekar Family Mediation Instructor

Archana Medhekar


Jonathan Paynter

Mary-Anne-Popescu Family Mediation Instructor

Mary-Anne Popescu

Vicky Ringuette Family Mediation Instructor

Vicky Ringuette

Ivana Vaccaro Family Mediation Instructor

Ivana Vaccaro


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Candice Bernard

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Pamela Broley

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Gail Brochu

Tonya Brock

Tonya Brock

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Tiago Campos


Mary Chakasim


Jennifer Curry


Raheena Lalani Dahya

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Jim Doxtdator

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Mardi Edelstein

Caroline Felstiner Family Mediation Coach

Caroline Felstiner

Mandy Fowler Family Mediation Coach

Mandy Fowler

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Gregg Fenten

Kim Goldstein

Kim Goldstein

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Hayley Glaholt

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Kam Lovel

Instructor Amrit Malhotra

Amrit Malhotra

Indu Khatri

Alison McArthur

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Jared Norton

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Angela Pickard

Indu Khatri

Claudette Riley

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Sandra Southwind


Avagene Skervin

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Borzou Tabrizi

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Trish Thomas


Daniella Wald

Events & Webinars

Certificate in Family Mediation

Fall 2024


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Certificate in Family Mediation (Intensive)

Summer 2024

(Live Online Classes)

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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses
Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

Transfer Credit & Course Exemption Policy – Family Mediation Certificate
York University’s Certificate in Family Mediation will consider the following course exemptions:
CSFM1020 Family Law: Practicing family lawyers may be exempt if requested before program start.
CSFM1030 Family Relations: Registered Social Workers with extensive and recent training and experience with families may be exempt if requested before program start.

Please be advised that requests for exemption must be sent to before the start of the first course in the program, being CSFM1000 Family Mediation Fundamentals. Exemption requests received after this date will not be considered.

Course Exemption

Please review the requirements from OAFM (the Ontario Associate for Family Mediation)  when considering an exemption request. Please note that these requirements for exemption will apply at the time when you apply for your accreditation.


As CSFM1020-Family Law and CSFM1030-Family Relations are official components of this accredited program, should a student wish to pursue an exemption, it is the full responsibility of the student to confirm with OAFM or the accrediting body for any other designation that the student may wish to pursue that the criteria for the designation at the time of application will still be met. York University School of Continuing Studies bears no responsibility in this respect.

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