Our Family Justice courses educate individuals on how to help people with separation and divorce-related issues such as Guardianship, Parenting Arrangements, Support Matters, Agreements and Court Documents.
You will also learn about family violence and the impacts of separation and divorce on both children and parents.
Who Should Take These Courses
Our family justice courses are intended for individuals aiming for a career in the following fields:
Private Family Mediator
The Family justice courses are included in the JIBC Family Mediation Certificate program which provides a specialization in mediation within a family context. This is a 20-credit certificate program, and courses within the program are delivered in a combination of online and classroom formats. The courses may also be applied towards the minimum training requirements of Family Mediation Canada for certification as a Family Mediator.
Family Justice Counsellor
Family justice courses will provide the foundation for those who are seeking a career as a Family Justice Counsellor. It is important to note that while they will fulfill some of the application criteria they do not certify you as a Family Justice Counsellor. See Application Requirements below for further details.
All courses are available online.
Each course identifies the approximate amount of study hours required to complete the course. The time allocated is considered adequate for working adults to complete the course; however, a participant can complete the courses in a shorter time period if they wish to do so.
Activities, self-tests, discussions, assignments, and usually a final quiz will be used in the courses to make the material relevant and practical to the participant. Computer skills are an asset.
Course dates can be found in the Family Justice Course Schedule:
Course descriptions can be found in the Family Justice Course Descriptions listing.
|Course||Former course code||Course code|
|Family Justice Services in BC*||FAM190||FAMJ-1000|
|Introduction to Family Justice Services in Canada||FAM300||FAMJ-1001|
|Family Violence: Impact on Separation and Divorce *||FAM191||FAMJ-1002|
|Effects of Separation and Divorce on Adults*||FAM181||FAMJ-1005|
|Effects of Separation and Divorce on Children*||FAM182||FAMJ-1006|
|Mediated Agreements and Related Court Orders||FAM184||FAMJ-1008|
|Child Support Guidelines*||FAM185||FAMJ-1009|
|Substance Use Issues in Family Justice*||FAM187||FAMJ-1011|
|Multicultural Issues in Family Justice*||FAM188||FAMJ-1012|
|Writing Children's Needs Assessments||Custody and |
- It's 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 courses marked with an asterisk *
For confirmation of course completion, you may view your unofficial transcript for courses taken after April 1, 2015 at www.myjibc.ca.
There is no screening process for the courses.
To register for courses, visit Registration online, or phone 604.528.5590 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591), 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. weekdays.
Students must meet computer hardware and software requirements prior to starting the course. If you do not have all the requirements and you still choose to take an online course, please be aware that performance may suffer noticeably, and the JIBC cannot be held responsible.
The following criteria are required in order to apply for a position as a Family Justice Counsellor:
- Canadian Citizenship or Landed Immigrant status;
- A recognized undergraduate degree. Note: Applicants who obtained their degree outside of Canada must have that degree evaluated through the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES);
- One year recent related work experience; and
- 80 hours of Conflict Resolution courses (recommended courses: CRES-1100 or CRES-1101, CRES-1180, CRES-1190, CRES-1170, offered by the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the JIBC). CRES-1280 is preferred. Note: Prerequisite courses for CRES-1280 are CRES-1100 or CRES-1101, CRES-1180, CRES-1190 and CRES-1170.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions about the Family Justice courses.
Further information on the position, postings, and hiring process can be found on the B.C. Public Service Employment Opportunities website.
Last updated September 11, 2019