As the power of mediation to provide an effective, affordable and constructive means of resolving disputes is increasingly being recognized, it is being applied to more and more areas of human interaction. This is no less true of family mediation, than of other fields.

Family Mediation Canada is focusing on a number of areas of family mediation specializations that are experiencing rapid expansion — separation and divorce mediation, international custody mediation, child protection mediation, elder mediation and aboriginal community mediation. It is our hope that by recognizing the particular character of each specialization and by giving clear shape to each in terms of their special education, training, certification, practice and ethical requirements, we will be able to maximize the quality and professionalism of mediation services across the board.

>Restructuring along the lines of these identified specializations, will, we believe, create greater opportunities for practioners in each area to identify each other, to network more effectively and to have greater influence on the evolving application of family mediation to these particular areas.

Indigenous Community Mediation:

Indigenous communities may use mediation for a variety of community issues, including land use planning and project development.  Mediators with specialized training in Indigenous Community Mediation have the knowledge and experience to mediate with cultural sensitivity and respect in assisting community members with productive discussion.

Elder Mediation:

Elder mediation is a process by which families can address such challenges as health care planning, financial, and estate issues, and intergenerational and sibling issues.  Mediators trained in this issue have knowledge of elder issues and are uniquely trained to allow the voice of the person at the centre of the issue to be heard.

International Custody Mediation:

Mediation may be used preventatively or to resolve international family disputes.  Mediators are uniquely trained in cross-border issues while keeping the safety and security of the child at the forefront.

Separation and Divorce:

Families undergoing separation and divorce can use mediators specializing in family disputes at any stage of the process to assist participants to quickly, effectively, and respectfully arrive at agreements that address their family’s unique needs and values.