Family Mediation Certificate

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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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Who Should Take This Certificate Program

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.

The Centre for Conflict Resolution offers a number of Information Sessions throughout the year.

Learning Objectives

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.

Program Format

  • 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.

Courses

Required Courses (9 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
-or-
Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution CRES-1100 1.5 3
Mediation Skills Level I CRES-1180 1.5 3

Negotiation Skills Level I

CRES-1170 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*

FAMJ-1000

1.5

21

-or-

 

 

 

Introduction to Family Justice Services in Canad*

FAMJ-1001

1.5

21

Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce*

FAMJ-1002

1.5

21

Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults*

FAMJ-1005

1.5

21

Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children *

FAMJ-1006

1.5

21

Mediated Agreements and Related Court Orders*

FAMJ-1008

0.5

7

Multicultural Issues in Family Justice*

FAMJ-1012

0.5

7

Child Support Guidelines*

FAMJ-1009

1.5

21

 

General Electives (Choose5 day 2.5 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
FMC Family Mediation Certification Preparation Workshop FAMJ-1014 1.0

2

Custody and Access Report Writing FAMJ-1021 2.5

5

New! Shuttle Mediation FAMJ-1023 2

4

 
Note:

  • 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 FAM190 and FAM191 be completed first, and FAM185 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.

Books & Supplies

Cost

Certificate Enrolment Fee: $175

Cost for the program is approximately $8,000 plus (Learner services fee costs vary based on course locations).

Application Process

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
Apply online or submit an enrollment form via 

Mail 
Justice Institute of BC
Student Services
715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Fax
to Student Services at 604.528.5653

Email
conres@jibc.ca

For more information
Phone:  604.528.5590 or 1.877.528.5591

 

To check individual course availability, select one the course names above and follow the instructions on the course listing. 

Enroll in the program

Apply to the program online or submit an enrollment form via

Mail 
Justice Institute of BC
Student Services
715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Fax
to Student Services at 604.528.5653

Email
register@jibc.ca

For more information
Phone:  604.528.5590 or 1.877.528.5591


Last updated April 15, 2016