Course 1 Fundamentals of Family Mediation
London, Ontario October 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 October 2019Purchase This Course
Kitchener, Ontario April 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2020Purchase This Course
Course Hours: 40 Hours
Price: $1,800 plus HST of $234 = $2,034
GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:
Course materials are included
Snacks and lunch will be provided each day
(details are on the registration form)
This course is the 40-hour basic family mediation training required to become an accredited mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) and others. This is a thorough training that will equip you with all of the necessary skills to understand the family mediation process. Dependent on class size, training will include guest speakers
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PREVIOUSLY FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:
DAN ASHBOURNE, Executive Director, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
Dr. Dan Ashbourne leads the renowned Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System based on London, Ontario, and through the LFCC and ADR-Link, has been on the forefront of bringing family mediation services to the most vulnerable in our society. Dan will share his extensive knowledge about the use of social science to inform parenting mediation, including research on the developmental stages of children, younger children and shared parenting, and the “voice” of children in family mediation.
MALCOM BENNETT, senior partner at McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP.
He has extensive expertise both in court and in mediation. Malcolm is an Accredited Mediator with the OAFM. He is also Arbitrator in Family Law and mediates estates and elder care issues. After nearly 40 years in practice, Malcolm’s focus is on solutions and resolution. Since 2009, Malcolm has been a volunteer with Operation Walk of Canada, assisting as part of their medical mission to Ecuador where the organization provides hip replacement surgery to indigenous people.Outside of his practice and volunteer commitments, Malcolm also loves for outdoor travel, including trekking, biking, and kayaking.
PHIL EPSTEIN, Senior Partner, Epstein Cole, LLP
Philip Epstein is the Senior Partner at Epstein Cole, LLP, based in Toronto, and the pre-eminent family lawyer in Canada. Philip will share with participants his thoughts on the role of family mediation in contemporary dispute resolution for families as his thoughts on the leading cases of which all family mediations – both lawyers and non-lawyers – should be familiar.
CHRISTINE KIM, Christine Mediation
Christine Kim is a uniquely talented and knowledgeable parenting mediator based in Toronto, Ontario. Christine will share her knowledge and experience regarding family dynamics as it relates to parenting mediation, strategies for mediating with families experiencing significant conflict, and the role of communication styles in shaping family mediation. Christine will also be coaching course participants in parenting mediation roleplays.
JAY LOMAX, is from the Dakota Tipi First Nation in Manitoba.
Jay is a survivor of the 70’s adoption scoop in Manitoba and has been living in Toronto for most of his life. He spent a few years on his reserve learning the traditional teachings, ceremonies, and culture including Pow wow dancing. Jay was inspired by dancing when he met his mentor, Boye Ladd teaching the grass dance at the Dakota Tipi School.
Since learning how to dance, Jay has traveled to all of the pow wows in Ontario and has have done over 200 shows demonstrating his style of dance. Jay has performed for the Duchess of Wessex & Prince Phillip, The World Arts Council, The Pan Am Games Committee, The World Aids Conference and many government and non-profit agencies in the city.
Jay makes his outfits and teaches children how to dance when not working on his Master’s of Social Work Degree. Jay claims dancing is a way to release the stress of everyday life and for people who are not as fortunate as he to dance. “I still dance for the same reasons but still find that there is a new lesson at every pow wow.”
Jay has studied and partakes in ceremonies with elders from across the country learning new teachings about his people and the world. He passes his knowledge down to his two sons. Jay also likes to share his adoption story and has made a small movie documenting his adoption experience. He has developed and created the first adoption ceremony in North America at his place of employment, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.
He is now being asked to assist other agencies with his ceremony
MARY-ANNE POPESCU, Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). As an OAFM Accredited Family and Elder Mediator in private practice, she works to bring peaceful resolutions that help families adapt to challenges and changes across the life cycle. Mary-Anne is also a roster mediator for the Office of Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Affairs. In recognition of her volunteer contributions to St. Joseph’s Maternal Health Support Program, Mary-Anne received the Ontario Award for Good Citizens, from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
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