Family Mediation Certificate
The goal of the Family Mediation Certificate is to provide quality education and training in mediation in a family context that may be applied towards the minimum training requirements of Family Mediation Canada for certification as a Family Relations Mediator.
This 20-credit certificate is 280 hours or 40 days long and is awarded upon successful completion of all classroom and online course requirements and an assessment.
The Family Mediation Certificate is a joint offering from two divisions of the JIBC: the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the Corrections and Community Justice Division (CCJD). The CCJD courses are all delivered online while the majority of the Centre for Conflict Resolution courses are delivered in classrooms at the JIBC’s main campus in New Westminster, our Victoria campus and through our community partnerships with colleges throughout BC and at the University of Calgary in Alberta.
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Those interested in working closely with families and family members in a conflict setting, or those who currently work with families in conflict, such as family counselors, social workers, health care professionals and social services professionals. The Centre for Conflict Resolution offers a number of Information Sessions throughout the year.
This certificate specialization provides an excellent opportunity to hone conflict resolution skills and abilities while deepening your knowledge of family dynamics and related legislation. You will learn the foundations of collaborative conflict resolution with a focus on self awareness in conflict. You will then apply this understanding and knowledge in a setting that involves facilitating families and family members though a conflict resolution process.
The program electives allow you to specialize and deepen your learning in a variety of content areas related to working with families in conflict. Your learning will culminate in a written and practical assessment of your learning, skills and abilities.
- The certificate program is 280 hours or 40 days training and an assessment.
- You can take courses individually or complete the certificate.
- Learn at your own pace – take courses when they fit your schedule.
- There is continuous intake into this certificate program.
- Core courses are scheduled several times throughout the year.
- Full attendance is required.
- We recommend you complete the program within 2-3 years.
Required Courses (9.5 credits)
As of January 2013, all the family dynamics courses will be updated with information from the Family Law Act.
Some courses are offered online. (*) denotes online delivery. To check current course availability, select the course code below. If you wish to register, follow the instructions on the course listing.
|Course Name||Course Code||Credits||Days|
|Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace Focus||CRES-1101||1.5||3|
|Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution||CRES-1100||1.5||3|
|Mediation Skills Level I||CRES-1180||1.5||3|
|Dealing with Anger||CRES-1190||1.5||3|
|Mediation Skills Level II||CRES-1280||2.5||5|
|Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators*||CRES-1298||1||2|
|Assessment: Family Mediation Certificate||CRES-1570|
Required Family Dynamics(*)ONLINE courses (8.5 credits)
|Course Name||Course Code||Credits||Hours|
Family Justice Services in BC*
Introduction to Family Justice Services in Canad*
Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce*
Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults*
Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children *
Mediated Agreements and Related Court Orders*
|Multicultural Issues in Family Justice*|| |
|Child Support Guidelines*|| |
General Electives (Choose 4 days, 2 credits)
|Course Name||Course Code||Credits||Days|
|Dealing with Defensiveness in Conflict||CRES-1405||1.5||3|
|Defining Issues & Setting the Agenda||CRES-1401||1.0||2|
|Dynamics of Power||CRES-1406||1.5||3|
|Mediation Skills Level III||CRES-1495||1.0||2|
|Identifying Control & Abuse in Pre-Mediation||CRES-1474||1||2|
|Separate Meetings: Pre-Mediation & Caucusing||CRES-1409||1.0||2|
|Shifting from Positions to Interests||CRES-1402||1.5||3|
|Substance Use Issues in Family Justice*||FAMJ-1011||0.5||1|
|Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution*||CRES-1150||1.5||3|
|Custody and Access Report Writing||FAMJ-1021||2.5|
|New! Shuttle Mediation||FAMJ-1023||2|
- 1 day is equivalent to 7 credit hours. A credit is comprised of 14 hours.
- Single courses in the Certificate Program are available for individual enrollment.
- It is strongly recommended that FAMJ-1000 and FAMJ-1002 be completed first, and FAMJ-1009 be one of the final courses.
- The Ministry of Justice may give preference to Family Justice Counsellor applicants who have completed highlighted courses
Books & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class, and if purchase of books or other materials are required you will be advised of the details when you register.
Certificate Enrolment Fee: $175
Cost for the program is approximately $9,400 plus learner services fee (costs vary based on course locations).
The courses and certificate are open to anyone. There are no formal requirements for admission.
Register to a class
To check individual course availability, select one the course codes above and follow the instructions on the course listing.
Enroll in the program
Justice Institute of BC
715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4
to Student Services at 604.528.5653
For more information
Phone: 604.528.5590 or 1.877.528.5591
Apply Your JIBC Assessment Credits to Mediate BC
If you are considering a career as a private-practice mediator, Mediate BC will consider a student’s successful completion of JIBC’s Family Mediation Certificate as equivalent to three of the ten mediations required for their roster application. Guidelines apply. Please contact Mediate BC for more information.
JIBC considers successful completion of the Family Relations Mediator Certificate through Family Mediation Canada (FMC) as equivalent to JIBC’s CRES-1570 Assessment: Family Mediation Certificate.
Last updated August 16, 2019