Complete Your 80 Hour Practicum For Accreditation As Approved By The Ontario Association For Family Mediation

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What is the purpose of the Family Mediation Practicum?

The Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM), Family Mediation Accreditation program, requires 100 hours of practicum experience to become an Accredited Family Mediator. OAFM allows 80 of the 100 hours to be completed using simulated cases. We offer this online practicum experience to help new mediators obtain a maximum of 80 hours towards the 100 required hours. It is an opportunity to practice and develop skills using realistic case scenarios and the hours can be counted towards your accreditation.

Your final 20 hours of the practicum must be completed with real clients. Our team leads (on a limited basis) also offer the option of completing this final 20 hours. It is your responsibility to apply to OAFM for accreditation when you have completed the 100 hours.


First, The prerequisite is that you complete all the required family mediation courses before applying for the practicum


a) 21 hours of Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance Screening;
b) 60 hours of mediation training (foundation course and advanced mediation course)
c) 21 hours of Family Law, for those who require it;
d) 21 hours of Family Relations, for those who require it.

If you are not clear on course requirements please contact or

Second, register and provide payment.

Third, you will join the online class on set dates.

Module One

The first 20 hours is observation where you have the opportunity to observe experienced mediators.
The second 20 hours is co-mediation where you will co-mediate with your Team Lead or peers, while also observing others.

Module Two

The final 40 hours provides you with the opportunity to practice as a mediator while being coached by your Team Lead. Students will be responsible for all aspects of the mediations, including file management, intake, developing a process, conducting joint sessions, and reporting.

Module One & Two

You can obtain the full 80 hours.

Our Role Plays Are Based Opon A Variety Of Real Life Mediation Situations

There will be experienced mediators to provide feedback and advice at each step.


This practicum is all about skill development. The practice of mediation is a continual self-reflective learning experience. Students will have real time feedback, and be able to pause and rewind their effort.

It is only through trying different approaches and observing different mediators that mediators enhance their skills and develop their own authentic style.

Students are evaluated at the half way point and at the end of the practicum.


Each Team Lead is an experienced Accredited Mediator. Some specialize in parenting plans and some in financial plans, or both parenting plans and financial, so you get the best of both.
You will have the opportunity to observe and practice with more than one team lead.


We must have your registration form and payment to secure your spot in the practicum and will confirm by email upon receipt.
You have three choices for registration:
  • 1. You can register for the entire practicum (80 hours)
  • 2. You can register for the first Module (observation and co-mediation 40 hours only).
  • 3. You can register for the second Module (40 mediation hours) provided you completed the first 40 hours.
  • So effectively, and as an example, you could do Module One in the Fall and Module Two in the Spring. Mix and match or do the entire practicum in one season.

Family Mediation Practicum Ontario
2023 Practicum Dates

Winter (Weekends)

Module One (40 hours of Observation and Co-Mediation)
Jan 14, Jan 15, Jan 21, Jan 22, Jan 28 – OPEN

Winter (Weekends)

Module Two (40 hours of Mediation)
Jan 29, Feb 4, Feb 5, Feb 11, Feb 12 – OPEN

Spring (Including Saturdays)

Module One (40 hours of Observation and Co-Mediation)
March 23, March 24, March 25, Mar 31, April 1 – OPEN

Spring (Including Saturdays)

Module Two (40 hours of Mediation)
April 13, April 14, April 15, April 21, April 22 – OPEN


Module One (40 hours)
July 3, July 4, July 5, July 6, July 7 – OPEN


Module Two (40 hours)
July 10, July 11, July 12, July 13, July 14 – OPEN


$1500 plus HST for 40 hours of observation and co-mediation practicum. Offered in Fall, Winter. Spring


$1500 plus HST for 40 hours of mediation practicum. ‘`Note – prerequisite is completion of Module One Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring


$2900 plus HST for 80 hours of practicum Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring, Summer


Change Dates:

Less than 14 days notice of change of date is subject to a $226 administration fee.


You will receive a full refund up to 14 days in advance of the first date of the Module you registered for less the credit card fees (if any). Less than 14 days cancellation is subject to a $226 administration fee and the credit card fees (if any).  Once you have started the practicum, there is no refund provided, however, you may be able to move your uncompleted days to the next offering with an administration fee of $226.00.

All notices must go to

Family Mediation Practicum Ontario reserves the right to cancel the practicum and should that happen, students will be refunded or offered a credit to attend another training date.


We offer this practicum for September, January and April each year, as well as a summer registration.  Simply register for the next opportunity.  Sign up early as registration is limited!



Hons. BA, BSW, RSW, Acc. F.M. (OAFM), FDRP Med., CP Med. (OAFM), Cert. Elder Med. (FMC), Acc. Elder Med. (OAFM), CRP
  • Accredited Family Mediator for over 25 years.
  • Accredited Elder Mediator and CP Mediator (OAFM)
  • Supervised OAFM Mediators and Practicum Students for over 20 years
  • Previous Instructor for York University Family Mediation Program – Screening for DV/PI and Advanced Mediation
  • Teach Child-Inclusive Mediation and taught Child-Protection Mediation (OAFM)
  • Court Based Mediation
  • Director of PCCS Mediators & Counsellors for over 30 years
  • Previous Parenting Plan Assessor, Parenting Coordinator, OCL Clinician, Trainer in Child Welfare
  • 35 years’ experience working with families as a Registered Social Worker

Wendy Ross

BA, MSW, RSW, Acc. F.M. (OAFM), Cert. Elder Med. (FMC)
  • Counsellor & Family Mediator with 40 years of experience
  • Supervised OAFM Mediators since 2016
  • Coach for York University – Family Mediation Program

Jo-Anne Fiore

BA, CFP, FDS, Acc. F.M. (OAFM)
  • Certified Financial Divorce Specialist
  • Accredited Financial Family Mediator
  • 10 years of mediation training and 30 years of financial training
  • Financial training for mediators through various workshops
  • Supervised new interns for over 5 years

Neeraj Goel

BA, LLB, Acc. F.M. (OAFM)
  • Accredited Family Mediator and Family Lawyer
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000
  • Sole practice of family mediation and family law for 16 years
  • Supervise OAFM Mediators and Practicum Students
  • Teach Family Law course for Family Mediation Course, Continuing Education, York University
Jim Doxtdator

Jim Doxtdator

Acc.Fm, CP Med OAFM
  • Doxtdator, Wolf Clan, Cayuga Nation Haudenosaunee Six Nations. 
  • Accredited Family Mediator 
  • Indigenous Dispute Resolution (IDR) Facilitator/Trainer
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator/Trainer
  • Child Protection Mediator 
  • Farmer and Reiki Practitioner

Gregg Fenten

Acc. F.M. (OAFM)
  • Accredited Family Mediator with OAFM
  • Coach York University School of Continuing Studies-Certificate in Family Mediation
  • Coach York University School of Continuing Studies-Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution Educator York University School of Continuing Studies-Advanced Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Instructor University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies-Powerful Negotiation Skills
  • Instructor University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies-Sensitive Communication Skills for Today’s Workplace
  • Information and Referral Coordinator-mediate393
  • Coordinator/Director-Community Transformation Program Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview (CMS-D)

Mardi Edelstein

B.A., Q. Med, Acc. F.M. (OAFM), Cert ODR (OAFM)
  • President, Spectra Mediation, Mediator, Conflict Coach & Trainer
  • Coach for York University –Family Mediation & Dispute Resolution certificates
  • Independent Complaint Facilitator, LHIN Roster (ADRIO)
  • IRC

Mary Trottier

Family and Elder Mediator
  • Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM)
  • Accredited (nationally) Elder Mediator (FMC)
  • Accredited Elder Mediator (OAFM)
  • Founder ML Trottier Mediation – 10 years
  • Court-Based Onsite and Offsite (Family) Mediator
  • Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) volunteer Family and Elder Mediator (previous)
  • Supervisor of student mediators
  • Certified with “Circle Peacemaking Process” Training
  • Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education, Family Studies and Field Placement Supervisor – Conestoga College (previous)
  • Multiple certifications in Brain-Based Learning, Brain Development, Early Literacy and Language Development, Emotional Intelligence (EI), Brain-Gym
  • Adult Educator, Instructor, Trainer and SME Speaker – 28+ years

Angelina Macri

B.A., LL.B., Acc. F.M.(OAFM)
  • Family Lawyer, Family Mediator, Collaborative Law
  • Fluent in Italian
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