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

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.

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.

Format (Learning Format/Structure)

  • 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 credits)

As of January 2013, all the family dynamics courses will be updated with information from the Family Law Act.

Please note amended course codes on some FAM courses.

Some courses are offered online.   denotes online delivery.

Course Name

Course Code



Foundations of Collaborative Conflict Resolution: Workplace FocusCRES-11011.53
Foundations of Collaborative Conflict ResolutionCRES-11001.53
Mediation Skills Level ICRES-11801.53

Negotiation Skills Level I

CRES-1170 1.53
Dealing with AngerCRES-11901.53
Mediation Skills Level IICRES-12802.55
Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators in British Columbia CRES-129812
Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators in Alberta CRES-129912
Assessment: Family Mediation CertificateCRES-1570  

 Required Family Dynamics  ONLINE courses (8.5 credits)

Course Name

Course Code



Family Justice Services in BC 








Introduction to Family Justice Services in Canada




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 5 day 2.5 credits) 

Course NameCourse CodeCreditsDays
Dealing with Defensiveness in ConflictCRES-1405 1.5 3
Defining Issues & Setting the Agenda CRES-1401 1.02
Dynamics of Power CRES-1406 1.53
Mediation Skills Level IIICRES-14951.02
Identifying Control & Abuse in Pre-MediationCRES-147412
Separate Meetings: Pre-Mediation & CaucusingCRES-1409 1.02
Shifting from Positions to InterestsCRES-14021.53
Substance Use Issues in Family Justice   FAMJ-1011*0.51
Theoretical Foundations of Dispute ResolutionCRES-1150 1.53
FMC Family Mediation Certification Preparation Workshop  FAMJ-10141.0


Custody and Access Report WritingFAMJ-10212.5


New! Shuttle MediationFAMJ-10232



  • 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 courses marked with an asterisk *


Certificate Enrolment Fee: $175

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

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.

Admission Requirements

The courses and certificate are open to anyone. There are no formal requirements for admission.


Submit an enrollment form via fax, mail or by email.

Mail to:
Justice Institute of British Columbia
Centre for Conflict Resolution
715 McBride Boulevard,
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

Or fax to 604.528.5640



To check current course availability, select the course name above. If you wish to register, follow the instructions on the course listing.

Information Sessions

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

Last updated September 4, 2015