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The Elders of Ancient America looked to Nature for guiding principles. When they looked to Nature, the first principle they observed was that in the animal kingdom, the animals gave primacy to their young, the next generation. Mother bears will do just about anything to protect their little cubs.
The Elders created a council of chiefs from each tribe. When they came together as a council, they formed a circle in which they discussed and made important decisions. And at the centre of that circle, they placed a tiny little fire which they called The Children’s Fire.
This little fire was a pledge – a promise to themselves, and their children, their children’s children or their children’s children’s children . . . that no law would be passed and no action would be taken that would harm the children.
May we have conversations that build a better world for our children, and our children’s children.
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Knowing what domestic violence/intimate partner violence/power imbalance (DV/IPV/PI) training you need to become an accredited family mediator or to obtain the advanced collaborative professional designation can be a bit confusing. There is also ongoing training required to maintain these designations. Here is our guide to what you need and which of our upcoming (DV/IPV/PI) training days you can register to meet the applicable requirements.
Initial DV Training
If you are seeking accreditation as a family mediator, you will need 21 hours of DV/IPV/PI training.
If you are seeking your Advanced Collaborative Professional (ACP) designation and do not have 21 hours of (DV/IPV/PI) training in the past two years, you need 21 hours of DV (7 hours of which must be dedicated to the Collaborative Practice DV/IPV/PI protocols).
If you are seeking your Advanced Collaborative Professional (ACP) designation and you have 21 hours of DV/IPV/PI training in the past two years, you need 7 hours of CP DV/IPV/PI protocols training.
Refresher (DV/IPV/PI) Training
If you are an accredited family mediator you need 5 hours of DV/IPV/PI training every year to maintain your accredited family mediator status.
If you are an arbitrator, you need 10 hours of DV/IPV/PI training every 2 years.
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Having taken several mediation courses in academe, I was eager to explore how, and what, practitioners actually taught on the same subject. My first impressions were positive: the Mediation Training Centre and it’s facilitators were a force to be reckoned with. The course opened with general introductions and those awkward exercises designed to let you get to know each other; it was the usual mundanities of classroom life with one notable exception: the energy of the facilitators. Deborah brought out her tambourine and asked permission to keep us on time. This took me aback—were the teachers asking permission from students? Yup. And the differences between the Mediation Training Centre and academic classrooms did not stop there… Sitting quietly aside the front of the classroom, Christine’s commanding presence needed little introduction. As the various facilitators spoke on mediation related topics ranging from listening to law, Christine would chime in with her pieces of wisdom—and sage at that. Well spoken and groomed, her confident energy matched Deborah’s enthusiastic engagement. We were all hooked. Five action-packed days later, the group of students was as cohesive as were the trainers, revelling in the depths of discussion triggered by the various concepts and scenarios put to us. The safe space that the trainers established on the first day endured to the end, allowing each of us to gain not only knowledge and insight, but friendships and a sense of progress that—on the first day—seemed daunting to attain given the volume of materials doled out to us in handouts and workbooks. Without a doubt, this was a thrilling plunge into the world of mediation practice that no aspiring mediator should be without.