Becoming an Accredited Elder Mediator

How to achieve AccEM (OAFM) Designation

Applicants for Elder Accreditation will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Accredited Family Mediators who will be required to take 120 hours of Elder Mediation training offered by an OAFM approved AccEM trainer;
  • Certified FMC Mediators in good standing with FMC who can apply directly for AccEM status if they are existing OAFM members;
  • Individuals who have 80 hours of mediation training will be required to take the 120 hours of Elder Mediation training offered by an OAFM approved AccEM trainer and
    • in the case of Established Mediators, no additional training;
    • in the case of applicants who have no mediation experience, an internship with an Accredited Elder Mediator resulting in the mediation of five (5) cases.

To determine eligibility for either of these subcategories, applications will be reviewed by the OAFM Elder Mediation Committee for assessment. Responses will be provided within fourteen (14) days.

Recognition of prior elder training or work experience

Individuals from the above categories can apply to have prior learning or work experience recognized as a component of their 120 hours of Elder Mediation training by applying for that recognition from the Elder Mediation Committee. The criteria for assessing this knowledge or work experience will include, but not be limited to:

  • experience as a licensed professional in the health care field;
  • prior specific course experience from recognized providers of elder mediation training, universities and colleges;
  • participation in a practicum by an accredited or certified Elder Mediator

Definition of Established Mediators

"Established Mediators" are those mediators who have experience in active mediation and have an existing mediation practice and can provide:

  • References from three (3) of their peers who are aware of their work in a direct way. Each of the three (3) reference letters should confirm that the applicant has been a practising mediator;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Proof of 10 year Membership in a licensed professional group.


AccEM Designation Application Requirements

To obtain an AccEM designation you will be required to complete an Application in your OAFM Member Portal and fill in your requirements at any time. Members are able to submit required information all at once or as they achieve and fulfill the necessary requirements.

OAFM is providing 120 hours of training in elder mediation in one week courses, held twice in different cities in the next two years. This specialized training contains information on:

  • Topic (Hours)
  • Historical Background (1)
  • Multigenerational Families in Ontario (20)
  • Family and Elder Law (6)
  • Power Dynamics (5)
  • Elder Abuse (10)
  • Grief and Loss (5)
  • Positive Aging (5)
  • Dementia and Chronic Diseases (10)
  • Financial and Estate Issues (5)
  • Ethical Issues (5)
  • Guardianship (5)
  • Drafting a memo (2)
  • Context of Elder Mediation in Healthcare (3)
  • Community supports (3)
  • Building a Practice (2)
  • Reflective Practice (9)
  • Standards (1)
  • Exercises and Role plays (25)

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