The Family Relations Course is an intensive two-day (FDRIO) or three-day (OAFM) course designed to meet new standards of accreditation for Family Mediator designation. The course is required for all non-mental health professionals. The course is designed to provide additional theory, understanding, and skills to address complex intimate partner and family related issues, and mental health issues, which are present in Family Mediation. The course combines lecture, individual and group exercises, multimedia, and case examples.
- To provide a more comprehensive understanding of family systems theory, family relationships, and family dynamics.
- Develop additional knowledge and skills to address complex relational conflict, including intimate partner conflict, cross-generational conflict and conflict associated with the family of origin.
- Develop additional knowledge and skills to work with relational issues such as parent-child contact issues, issues of attachment, and post-separation conflict.
- Understanding contemporary family trends and developing skills to work with today’s Canadian family.
- Using Genograms, narrative and transformative mediation techniques, and other practice tools to assess clients and conflict, and to inform your mediation process.
- To enhance knowledge of Attachment Theory, Child Development, and special needs cases.
- To enhance knowledge of Mental Health related issues and develop skills to recognize and address mental issues when they present in mediation.
- To explore the full context of separation and divorce: statistics, causes of, impact on parties and children, and potential supports / resources.
- To enhance knowledge of grief and trauma, and how this can inform and strengthen your mediation process.
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