Supervised Practical Experience Policy (SPEP)

Supervised Practical Experience Policy (SPEP)

The purpose of this Policy is to:

a) establish Family Mediation Practical Experience Standards (“Standards”) throughout Ontario for the practical experience required to attain the “Accredited Family Mediator” (“AccFM”) designation from the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (“OAFM”).

b) ensure consistency in the supervised practical experience of Associate Members and their Supervisors;

c) create greater accessibility to Supervised Practical Experience opportunities from the perspective of both the Associate Member and the Supervisor by:

  • providing Associate Members with information, guidelines and certainty in expectations;
  • ensuring that the standards for the Associate Member are explicit, clear and honoured;
  • providing the Supervisor with role clarity, guidelines and expectations.


Subject to *, to enter the observation and co-mediation phases of their Program, the Associate Member must have completed:

  • 21 hours of Domestic Violence and Power Imbalance Screening;
  • 60 hours of mediation training.

Subject to *, to mediate under supervision the Associate Member must have completed, or have a plan to complete:

  • 21 hours of Family Law, for those who require it;
  • 21 hours of Family Relations, for those who require it.

*A Supervisor, at their discretion, can commence phases of supervised practical experience at an earlier stage based on their assessment of the skill level and experience of the Associate Member.

There must be a signed contract between the Associate Member and the Supervisor setting out expectations as set out herein.  A sample Agreement is appended as Schedule “A" to this Policy.

Supervisor Requirements

  • The Supervisor must be an experienced Accredited Family Mediator in good standing who has confirmed with the OAFM that they will follow this Policy.

Form of Supervised Practical Experience

Supervised Practical Experience programs are for a minimum of 100 hours and may be completed with one or more Supervisors.

The contract between the Associate Member and the Supervisor must contain the following elements:

  • The number of hours being provided;
  • the fee arrangements for the Associate Member and expectations of the Associate Member and of the Supervisor;
  • the duration of the supervision;
  • the minimum hours for the following:
  1. a minimum of twenty (20) hours of observation, which can be through on-line platforms at the discretion of the Supervisor;
  2. a minimum of ten (10) hours of co-mediation, ideally a case from intake through mediation;
  3. a minimum of seventy (70) further hours, supervised in accordance with the discretion of the Supervisor, which shall include each of the following:
  4. direct supervision;
  5. self-evaluation;
  6. Debriefing
  7. and can include further observation or co-mediation.
  • the manner in which the Associate Member will lead a mediation, from intake to completion, resulting in them drafting five (5) substantial and complex Mediation Report/MOU/Agreement ("Memoranda");
  • a termination clause.
  • When a partial supervision period is being provided, the breakdown of the hours and skills set out above must be specified on the Confirmation of Practical Experience Form appended as Schedule “B" to this Policy.

Confirmation of Supervised Practical Experience

At the conclusion of the supervision period, the Supervisor will provide an executed Confirmation of Practical Experience form to the Associate Member, signed by the Supervisor.  This form will confirm:

  • The period of supervision time that was completed, noting any need for improvement and any deficiencies in the Associate Member requirements;
  • That there was discussion about the Standards of Practice;
  • The breakdown of how many hours were observation, co-mediation, and lead mediation;
  • That the Associate Member demonstrated competency in:
  1. the application of Family Mediation theory and skills; and
  2. the ethical obligations and conduct required of an Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM);
  3. that there were satisfactory drafting skills employed by the Associate Member and that the Associate Member has authored the submitted five (5) Agreements which comply with the following:
  4. no more than two (2) reports from an on-site mediation setting, unless a satisfactory reason for the use of on-site reports is provided by the Supervisor;
  • each agreement is initialed by the Supervisor.

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