Join Ontario’s only university-level family mediation program and develop the skills and experience you need to mediate conflict, affect positive change in the lives of children and adults, and help families enduring difficult times move forward collaboratively.
What is Family Mediation?
Family Mediation is the practice of helping families in conflict work together to determine solutions that are amicable for all parties. As a confident and experienced family mediator, you will be helping families resolve conflict in a practical, safe, and positive manner, rather than through the adversarial and often costly alternative of litigation.
The Certificate in Family Mediation prepares you to work closely with families in conflict to help them work through disputes, identify fair and reasonable solutions, and strengthen their relationships.
What you will learn
To ensure you have the skills and knowledge to facilitate the best possible outcomes for families, you will learn first-hand from certified and practising industry-expert coaches and instructors who regularly encounter the types of interpersonal challenges that result from family disputes.
Your instructors will guide you through a series of dynamic, experiential learning opportunities, including role-playing sessions, which will allow you to develop your mediation skills and competencies, and improve your confidence as a new practitioner.
This program fulfills the training requirements for the Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation—the largest accreditor of Ontario family mediators.
Graduates of this certificate are also able to fulfill the family mediation training requirement to pursue the Certified Specialist in Family Mediation (FDRP Med) designation through the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario upon completion of 9 additional hours of training in family law, which is offered by FDRIO to York grads at no cost.