Separation and Divorce Mediation: Foundations, Parenting Plans, and Child Support
40 Credit Hours
Mediators who want to work with clients who are separating or divorcing
need to understand how to manage a separation or divorce mediation from the
time of initial contact to understanding legislation to creating plans and
mediated agreements. This course covers
the components of creating a parenting plan including how to write up a
mediated agreement, how to use the federal and provincial child support
legislation and tables, and the impact of parental conflict and violence on the well‐being of
children. Students will be able to understand and manage emotional
intensity and challenges specific to this area of practice. This course
prepares mediators to manage a separation or divorce mediation from
the time of initial contact, to creation of a mediated agreement, including
parenting plans and child support.
Who Should Take This Course
Experienced mediators and advanced mediation students interested in working in the field of separation and divorce.
ADRIA membership is required to take ADRIA courses and to register into our Program Certificates.
Full attendance for all days of training is mandatory.
Before the start of the course (in-person training) or Session 3 (online training), all students need to have completed the Parenting After Separation course. This free training is a requirement of the Separation & Divorce Mediation: Foundations, Parenting Plans, and Child Support course.
Please note: the Parenting After Separation for Families in High Conflict course is recommended, but not required.
Full course attendance of all three courses is required to qualify for the Certificate in Separation and Divorce Mediation.
The fee for this course is $2000 plus GST.
Course materials include a Learner’s Manual and a Reference Manual with applicable legislation. All materials are provided in class or online.
This course includes lectures, personal reflection, video, watching a mock mediation, and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on practicing skills and role-playing in small groups.
This class is presented online and consists of 8 sessions over 4 weeks.
Week 1: three sessions (3 consecutive days)
Week 2: two sessions (2 consecutive days)
Week 3: three sessions (3 consecutive days)
Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Day 5: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Day 7: 9:45 am - 2:15 pm
Students should be prepared to dedicate 3-4 hours for pre-course assignments.
This course requires approximately 3 hours of course work before each session.
Attendance for all 8 sessions and completion of all assignments (approximately 8 hours) is mandatory to receive full credit hours.
Program Certificate Credits
This course is a required course for the Program Certificate in Separation and Divorce Mediation. It also qualifies for 40 credit hours as an Elective Course for the Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.
ADR Designation Qualification
This course qualifies as 40 hours of specialized ADR training towards the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) and Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designations.
Alberta's association of mediators and arbitrators.
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