Family Relations (14 / 21 Hours)

Jared (the instructor) was superb. One of the best presenters I have ever seen. He thoroughly knows the subject matter and easily holds interest.


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.

For further savings see:

Family Mediation Course Package A for Family Lawyers

Family Mediation Course Package C for Other Professionals

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14 / 21 Hours
Jared Norton, Sonia Mills Minster, Natalia Crowe
The course is required for all lawyers and non-mental health professionals.


Very interesting for me as a non-mental health professional. It covered a lot of subjects and very relevant to mediation. It created new insights and material for thought. Jared is an amazing trainer and knows how to hold interest. My absolute favorite part of the training was Triena's presentation and her handouts are very clear and useful!

Jared was excellent and created an atmosphere of collaborative learning, where the students in the class felt free to make comments or ask questions.

The content was incredible and very relevant. The topics were really interesting. The amount and type of role play were also very useful.

I like that key issues were presented and continued. I appreciated the modeling that Jared presented and his non-judgemental stance. Thank you.

(I really enjoyed) the speaker’s engagement and knowledge, guidance between course content and reference material for further self-study.

Jared is an excellent lecturer; clear, well paced, knowledgeable, kind, open to questions, patient.

Amazing and interesting information – very helpful for mediation and I want more of all of it. Jared gives excellent explanation and has so much experience and knowledge to share.

The knowledge and dynamics about the family and the roles that all members play. Allows you to get your mindset in the right direction of the family relations.

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