Are these courses right for you?
Be the one helping families through the separation and divorce process. If you want to provide mediation services to families experiencing conflict regarding parenting schedules, child support, or decision making surrounding their children, or to just have a better understanding of family justice issues, then these courses are for you.
Gain a Solid foundation
Gain a solid foundation in family justice issues and challenges, and learn how to support people effectively through a mediation lens.
obtain training credits
Obtain training credits required to be a certified family mediator or an accredited family justice counsellor.
These courses are for people interested in acquiring some of the essential education and training that is required for certified private family mediators or family justice counsellors. These courses can also be helpful to a range of professionals so they can better understand family justice issues.
These courses educate individuals on helping people with separation and divorce-related issues such as parenting plans, drawing up agreements, substance abuse, multicultural issues, family violence and effects of separation and divorce on children and /or adults.
All courses are offered online.
Activities, self-tests, discussions, assignments and typically a final quiz are used in the courses to make the material relevant and practical to the participant.
Computer skills are an asset.
Click on the links to the courses below for upcoming course offerings and descriptions for each course. A Family Justice Course Schedule is also available.
There is no required screening process to enrol in Family Justice courses.
You can register for courses online, or phone the JIBC Registration Office at 604.528.5590 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591), 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. weekdays.
Courses in this program are available for open enrolment.
These courses are open to anyone. There are no formal admission requirements.
Students must have access to a computer and an internet connection that meet JIBC's hardware and software requirements before starting the course. If you cannot meet the technology requirements and still choose to take this online course, performance may suffer noticeably. JIBC cannot be held responsible.
Q: I work full-time. How much time do these courses take?
A: Each course identifies the approximate amount of study hours required to complete the course. The time allocated is considered adequate for working adults to finish the course. However, a participant can complete them in a shorter time period if they wish to do so.
Q: What do I need to apply for a position as a Family Justice Counsellor?
A: You will need the following four items:
1. Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant status
2. A recognized undergraduate degree*
3. One year of recent related work experience
4. 80 hours of Conflict Resolution courses**
* Applicants who obtained their degree outside of Canada must have their degree evaluated through the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).
** Recommended courses offered by JIBC's Centre of Conflict Resolution are CRES-1100 or CRES-1101, CRES-1180, CRES-1190, CRES-1170. CRES-1280 is preferred.
Prerequisite courses for CRES-1280 are CRES-1100 or CRES-1101, CRES-1180, CRES-1190 and CRES-1170.
For more detailed information about this career, visit the Family Justice Counsellor page.
Preference may be given to applicants who have one or more of the following:
- Current certification by Family Mediation Canada as a Family Relations Mediator or Family Relations Comprehensive Mediator;
- Employed as a Family Justice Counsellor (FJC) in British Columbia within the preceding 12 months;
- Completion of the Family Justice Counsellor Individualized Training Program within the last two years,
- Completion of one or more of the following Justice Institute of BC courses:
- Mediation Skills Level II – CRES-1280 (formerly CCR290 or CR400)
- Family Justice Service in British Columbia – FAMJ-1000 (formerly FAM 190 or CORR 606)
- Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce – FAMJ-1002 (formerly FAM 191 or CORR 605)
- Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults – FAMJ1005 (formerly FAM 181 or FAM103)
- Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children – FAMJ-1006 (formerly FAM 182 or FAM104)
- Substance Use Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1011 (formerly FAM 187 or FAM 108)
- Multicultural Issues in Family Justice – FAMJ-1012 (formerly FAM188 or FAM109)
- Child Support Guidelines – FAMJ-1009 (formerly FAM 185 or FAM 112)
COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM
The Ministry of Attorney General may give preference to Family Justice Counsellor applicants who have completed courses marked with an asterisk *