Remaining 40 Hours & Achieving 5 Mediated Cases
Ontario’s certifying organizations require candidates to achieve 100 hours of supervised experience, including mediating or co-mediating on five cases which result in a written Mediation Summary Report.
Our MIT program is designed to provide students the opportunity to achieve these requirements while still complying with relevant Ontario legislation governing our work. We also seek to give our students the tools and experience they need to mediate their own cases and build their businesses.
We respect Ontario’s privacy legislation, and as such will not provide to any certifying organization any information or documents that could jeopardize our promise of confidentiality and privacy to our clients or those of our sister organization, mediate39e inc. We therefore do not offer copies of Agreements to Mediate nor redacted Mediation Summary Reports. Instead, we will provide certifying organizations with reports/letters in accordance with our Internship/MIT policy and any reporting letters requested by those organizations.
Secondly, we comply with the provisions of the Employment Standards Act. The second, 40-hour portion of the MIT program presumes that the students are by that time ready to perform the tasks of a mediator, and as such we support our MITs in one of two ways, depending on whether they are graduates of a college or university family mediation certificate program or whether they are graduates of the Riverdale Mediation Training Program.
- The Standard Internship: for students who are graduates of a college or university program that has approved our internship. Students will co-mediate and mediate cases with consent of the clients and under the supervision of FDRP Med, AccFM and C. F. Med. mediators for certification with FDRIO, OAFM or ADRIO.
- The Practice Builder: for students who wish to begin building their own practices right away, we will supervise them in that work. We will endeavour to refer mediations to this group of Mediators-In-Training, but students are expected to have their own space and source of work which we will supervise remotely and in person, by way of meetings before and after the mediation, review of all drafting, and full consultation opportunities.
- The Employment Option: for students who wish to perform the tasks of a junior mediator on our files, we will provide the last 40 hours of supervised experience as students co-mediate and mediate our cases, as appropriate, pursuant to an employment agreement with us for those 40 hours.
Other students may wish to opt for 60 hours of observation and complete their 40 hours of co-mediation and mediation through the FDRIO or other Practicum.
Our MITs are carefully selected based on our needs at the given time and our assessment of the suitability of the candidate for the kind of practice we have.
All candidates will be required to have completed their training prior to applying for an Internship/ MIT placement with us.
MITs must provide a criminal record check (to the Ministry of the Attorney General) and carry at least 2 million in professional liability insurance.
We expect high standards of professionalism of our MITs. All must be respectful of the confidentiality of the mediation process and the parties’ right to decline to have a MIT present. MITs must read and understand our Policies and Procedures. It is critical that MITs meet our standards for identifying, assessing and managing power imbalances and domestic violence in their work.