PCCS Mediators & Counsellors (Peel, Halton, Wellington Regions)
Do you need to complete your family mediation practicum to honour the requirements for accreditation/certification? Our experienced accredited/certified mediators provide you with feedback as to how you can improve your skills as a family mediator.
Our internship program is a structured process where you practice and develop your skills as a mediator with actual cases, supervision and evaluation. Debra Rodrigues, who is also an instructor in the Family Mediation Certificate Program at York University, developed a thorough evaluation process for interns that was presented at Family Mediation Canada. She has presented at numerous conferences about family mediation matters, and developed and delivers the “Voice of the Child: 12 Step VCR for ADR” training for those who want to add this skill to their practice. For more information https://www.pccs.ca
At PCCS, you will have exposure to both parenting and financially focused family mediation, as well as several supervisors to experience different mediators in action. The practicum supervision includes briefing and debriefing, co-mediation, supervision and assignments to augment learning (e.g. reviewing relevant policies and procedures). All interns start by observing their supervisor’s mediation skills. After a period of doing so the intern gradually takes on more responsibility with the client mediation process to the point of completing the mediation and mediation report for the clients (where appropriate). You may also have the opportunity to observe other types of family mediation such as elder and child protection mediation.
We select our interns based upon their fit with PCCS. We look for interns who are self-directed learners and present in a professional manner. Interns must have a minimum of 2 million professional liability insurance. Interns must provide a criminal record check for “vulnerable persons”. Interns must be able to declare any conflict of interest and honour professional ethics particularly with regard to confidentiality. Interns must have completed all the required courses in family mediation prior to applying for the internship. (PCCS reserves the right to not accept applications or interns.)
Please note we accept a limited number of interns in order to provide the interns with the focus they need from the supervisors. We may have a waiting list at any given time or reserve the right to decline your application. Further, there may a situation when an intern will need to complete more than 100 hours and therefore, we reserve the right to that recommendation. We reserve the right to terminate an practicum. We reserve the right to withhold recommendation for accreditation. Successful completion of the internship does not automatically allow you to obtain accreditation as there are other requirements that each person must complete. Speak to the professional accreditation/certification organizations for this information. Completion of the 100 hours in a timely manner is dependent upon a number of factors including the flexibility of the intern, supervisors, clients and the number of cases available.
The fee is $4500 (plus HST) for the full 100 hours. We pro-rate the fee for partial practicum. Payments can be made in installments. The fee includes supervision for preparation, mediating, debriefing, and reports. (We reserve the right to change our fees from time to time.) Please forward your inquiry with your C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Pay for Mediation Supervised Practicum?
Your supervisor spends time arranging, supervising, briefing, debriefing, evaluating and reviewing your MOU’s. The supervisor must be paid for their expertise and time imparting that to you and supervising your practicum. The labour law for Ontario exempts payment to interns for either of these reasons:
The professional exemption states that professionals and students training to join those professions are not entitled to certain employment standards, including minimum wage, hours of work, overtime pay, public holidays, and vacation pay.
The student exemption states that the Employment Standards Act does not apply to an individual who performs work as a part of a program approved by a secondary school board, college of applied arts and technology, private career college, or university. This includes co-ops, internships and other experiential learning placements approved by high schools, colleges of arts and technology, private career colleges, and universities.