Is this program right for you?
Be the one helping families. If you'd like to learn how to facilitate families and family members through a conflict resolution process with a focus on self-awareness, this program is for you.
A Joint Offering from Two JIBC Divisions
The Family Mediation Certificate is a joint offering from two divisions of the JIBC: the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the Corrections and Court Services Division (CCSD).
Online or On-Campus
The CCSD courses are primarily delivered online while the majority of the Centre for Conflict Resolution courses are offered in classrooms at JIBC’s main campus.
People interested in working closely with families and family members in a conflict setting.
Anyone who currently works with families in conflict, such as family law practitioners, family counsellors, social workers, health care professionals and social services professionals.
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.
If you are considering a career as a private-practice mediator, the training hours gained in this specialization can be applied towards admission to the Mediate BC Roster and towards educational requirements for certification by practitioner organizations, such as Family Mediation Canada.
Civil and Family Roster applicants can apply their JIBC mediation assessments to the experience portion of their application.
A successful JIBC Family Mediation assessment can count for up to three mediations (and 9 hours of mediation time) toward the 10 mediation experience requirement of a Civil or Family Roster application if the written feedback is included with the application. Contact Mediate BC for more information (mediatebc.com).
Students learn the foundations of collaborative conflict resolution with a focus on self-awareness in conflict. They apply this understanding and knowledge in a setting that involves facilitating families and family members through a conflict resolution process.
Program electives allow students to specialize and expand their learning in a variety of content areas related to working with families in conflict.
What You Need to Graduate
- Seven required courses (9.5 credits)
- Seven Required Family Dynamics online courses (8.5 credits)
- General electives (2.0 credits).
Some courses are offered online.
One day is equivalent to seven credit hours where one 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.
Participants should complete the program within two to three years. Full attendance is required.
The certificate program is 280 hours or 40 days of training and an assessment.
Core courses are offered several times throughout the year. Students can take them individually or complete the certificate.
There is continuous intake into this certificate program.
There are no specific application deadlines. Apply for this program at any time.
Tuition for the program is approximately $9,400.
Certificate Enrolment Fee $75
Learner Services Fee (price dependent on course locations)
Textbooks & Supplies
Course manuals are supplied when you attend class. If additional books or other materials are required, you will be advised when you register for the program.
STEP 1 - Apply to the Program
After checking course availability, apply online or submit your completed application form.
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC
STEP 2 - Register for Courses
After your application has been submitted, please register for courses.
Financial aid & awards
Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries.
For more information, contact Student Services.
International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are the job opportunities available to me in the conflict resolution field?
A: Entry-level positions in the conflict resolution field are diversified and are often a component of other policy, analyst or non-profit careers. Human resources officers often specialize in mediation and staff bargaining. A graduate-level degree is almost essential because of the functional expertise it demonstrates.
Q: How do I learn the skills I need to work in the field?
A: The methods utilized in evaluating and analyzing conflict, and in resolving such situations or potential situations, are often learned through a combination of experience and higher education. Acquiring essential skills in the conflict resolution field can be initiated through involvement and concern with the social issues affecting most communities.
Q: Do the training hours from this program apply towards admission to the Mediate BC Roster and towards educational requirements for certification by practitioner organizations, such as ADRBC?
A: Civil and Family Roster applicants can apply their JIBC mediation assessments to the experience portion of their application. A successful JIBC mediation assessment can count for up to 3 mediations (and 9 hours of mediation time) toward the 10 mediation experience requirement of a Civil or Family Roster application if the written feedback is included with the application. Contact Mediate BC for more information (mediatebc.com).
Q: Do I need to enroll in the program before taking courses?
A: You don’t have to be enrolled in a certificate program to take our courses. You can take them individually as long as you have the applicable prerequisites.
Q: Do you offer this program online?
A: No. Full attendance in the classroom is required.
Q: I need to miss part of my course. What should I do?
A: If you are unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances, we recommend submitting an appeal to email@example.com explaining the reason. Participants may then transfer to another class where they will be required to attend the entire course on the new dates to receive credit.
Q: Are books and course manuals included in the tuition fees?
A: They are supplied when you attend class. If you need to purchase books or other materials, you will be advised of the details when you register.
Q: What if I want to take one of your courses but do not want to pursue a certificate?
A: That's fine. All of our courses are available individually, and you can mix and match the classes depending on your learning needs. After each course, you will receive a letter of attendance. After completing the program requirements, you will receive your certificate.
COURSES IN THIS PROGRAM
Required Courses (9.5 Credits)
Required Family Dynamics Courses (8.5 Credits)
General Elective Courses (choose 4 DAYS OR 2.0 Credits)
|CRES-1402 Shifting from Positions to Interests||AMJ- 1011 Substance Use Issues in Family Justice|
|CRES-1150 Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution||FAMJ -1021 Custody and Access Report Writing|
|FAMJ-1023 New! Shuttle Mediation|
- All the family dynamics courses will be updated with information from the Family Law Act.
- (*) 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.