AccFM (OAFM) Requirements
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Application Fee & Submission
- Educational Requirements
- Fundamentals of Family Mediation
- Advanced Family Mediation Training
- Domestic Violence Training
- Family Law Training
- Experience in Human Services
- Agreements to Mediate / Retainer Contracts
- Mediator’s Reports / Memoranda of Understanding
All Applicants, who are not family relations professionals, applying after January 21, 2018 will be required to complete a Family Relations Course that is 21 hours in length.
OAFM MEMBERSHIP DUES
Must be an Associate Member in good standing with membership fees paid.
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
Applicants must endorse and adhere strictly to the code of professional conduct as set out in the OAFM Standards of Practice. No mediator shall venture into an area of practice beyond his/her own area of expertise.
Each applicant must carry insurance which covers the practice of family mediation, with a minimum of $1,000,000. It is the mediator’s responsibility to satisfy him or herself that his or her coverage applies to family mediation. The OAFM does not audit or verify insurance coverage held by member mediators, and members are solely responsible in the event of claims should the insurance coverage not apply to the practice of family mediation, or apply with limitations to coverage or for any other reason.
Each application requires a processing fee of $450 + HST upon submission.
Applicants are required to compile all information listed in the Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) designation application in their OAFM Member Portal.
Applicants are required to submit a Detailed Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Applicants are required to provide one of the following:
- Proof of a university degree or comprehensive college diploma ; or
- Proof of Family Mediation Canada certification; or
- Proof of a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience in the human services field.
Applicants must complete the forty (40) hours of Fundamental Family Mediation Training. The course must be taught by an approved OAFM Accredited Mediator authorized to conduct training or be pre-approved by OAFM by applying to the Accreditation Committee. Please note that only courses taught by OAFM accredited mediators will be reviewed. This course will include a minimum of five (5) hours in each of the following categories:
- Conflict intervention models and theories
- Psychological issues in separation, divorce, family dynamics, and power imbalances
- Issues and needs of children in separation and divorce
- Mediation process and techniques
- A minimum of 30% role play
- An overview of Ontario Family Law including custody, support, asset evaluation and distribution, equalization of net family properties, and taxation as it relates to separation and divorce
Applicants require twenty (20) hours of additional Family Mediation skills training which must be delivered in one course that contains a minimum of 40% role play experience. The course must be taught by an approved OAFM Accredited Mediator authorized to conduct training, or be pre-approved by OAFM by applying to the Accreditation Committee. Please note that only courses taught by OAFM accredited mediators will be reviewed.
* Introduction to Mediation or Advanced Family Mediation courses will both be accepted for applicants submitting their full applications on or before July 31, 2018.
Applicants are required to have taken twenty-one (21) hours of education/training for Screening for Family Violence, Abuse and Power Imbalance within two (2) years of their Application. If the training was taken more than two (2) years prior to the application for accreditation, an additional seven (7) hour refreshment course is required.
The OAFM considers Screening for Family Violence, Abuse and Power Imbalances training to be a critical and essential component of a family mediator’s training. This training must be taken in person, in successive, intact sessions and include role plays.
Courses and training(s) that merely touch on domestic violence for a few hours at different times in the course(s), or the accumulation of a few hours from different courses do not meet this training requirement. Those qualified to provide Training in Family Violence, Abuse and Power Imbalance may, instead of presenting proof of having taken the courses, provide proof of a comparable training offered and delivered by them.
Applicants must take twenty-one (21) hours of education/training in Family Law from an Accredited Family Mediator approved to do that training. This course may be completed online up to a maximum of 50%. Lawyers who are practicing family law at the time of their application are exempted from this requirement.
The applicant mediator is required to have hands-on mediation work experience supervised by an OAFM Accredited Family Mediator for a minimum of one hundred (100) hours:
- The applicant must submit a letter(s) from an Accredited Family Mediator confirming satisfactory supervision of the required one-hundered100 hours of family mediation work and the completion of five Mediated agreements;
- The one hundered (100) hours of supervision shall be a combination of co-mediating, observing, consulting, conducting mediations under supervision and de-briefing.
Human Services is defined to be experience where the applicant has dealt with the public on a regular basis in a capacity related to counselling, reconciling, problem solving, crisis prevention, conflict intervention, conflict resolution, mediating, or arbitrating issues of social welfare, stress, crisis, change, or social justice. These are jobs which provide a service to society, particularly in times of crisis. Human Services are designed to help people navigate through crisis or chronic situations where the person feels they need external help and guidance to move forward with their life. It is a service that is provided to people in order to help them stabilize their life and find self-sufficiency through guidance, counseling, treatment and the providing for basic needs.
Applicants are required to have experience in human services, as follows:
- Applicants who have a university graduate degree must provide proof (i.e. letter from supervisor, peer references) of a minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in the human services field.
- Applicants who have an undergraduate university degree or comprehensive college diploma must provide proof (i.e. letter from supervisor, peer references) of a minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience in the human services field.
- Applicants without post-secondary education must provide proof (i.e. letter from supervisor, peer references) of a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant work experience in the human services field.
Copies of five (5) Agreements to Mediate / Retainer Contracts (with identifying information of the clients redacted).
- Any information that could identify clients is to be removed.
- For ease of reference, applicants are to assign a case number to each case. The top of each page should clearly display the name of the applicant, the case number, and the page number. With the removal of client-identity information, the case number will support the accreditation committee in its review of the accreditation application and allow ease of reference should the committee seek further information from the applicant.
- Indication of the applicant’s role in the mediation process of each case; whether he/she was the mediator, co-mediator, intern, etc.
- Issues to be mediated.
- Date the Agreements to Mediate / Retainer Contracts were signed.
Copies of five (5) Mediator’s Reports / Memoranda of Understanding (with identifying information of the clients redacted).
- This is the final comprehensive document that the applicant presents to clients as a summary report of their agreement.
- All information that may identify clients should be removed.
- Information related to the identity of the accreditation applicant, the mediator’s relationship to the clients (the mediator, co-mediator, intern, etc.), and the date of the summary report must be retained.
- A case number and the page number are to be clearly displayed at the top of each page. Case numbers are to be consistent with those assigned to Agreements to Mediate / Retainer Contracts.
The OAFM Board takes client confidentiality very seriously. The committee WILL NOT consider contracts or agreements to mediate where client information has not been completely hidden or covered.
Depending on the professional background of the mediator, the concluding report has a variety of titles, e.g. Mediator’s Report, Mediator’s Understanding of Clients Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, etc.
For the purposes above, a Comprehensive College Education is a college diploma that indicates that the graduate is equipped with knowledge and a skill set sufficient (or necessary) to competently work in the human service field of family breakdown.
Requirements for Established Family Mediators
Esatblished Mediators are those who have an established family mediation practice from well before the formal training courses and internships became available, and have had their family mediation practice for a minimum of 10 years. Click here to view the AccFM Requirements for established mediators.