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Welcome to the Alberta Family Mediation Society


Our Mission

Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS) advocates resolution of family conflict through the use of mediation by qualified professionals.

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a family-centered conflict resolution process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) helps the participants in negotiating a consensual, informed and fair agreement. Decision-making rests with the parties throughout. The mediator assists the parties in identifying issues and information needs, reducing obstacles to communication, exploring alternatives and focusing on the needs and interests of those who it is agreed are affected.

What is Parenting Coordination?

The role of a Registered Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator (RPCA) is to help with communication and cooperation between parents for the purpose of effectively co-parenting their children. An RPCA's role involves meeting with the parents to establish cooperative parenting plans and to assist in dispute resolution using mediation skills. If agreements cannot be made with mediation, the RPCA has decision making authority by means of a binding decision as governed by the Arbitration Act of Alberta. AFMS strongly advises parents to ensure that a Parenting Coordinator is a member of a registered professional body.

Getting Through the Breakup Earthquake

Article by Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM, Parenting Coordination Information for Parents and Lawyers

Article in The Medicine Hat News




Building Your Divorce Mediation Practice
Posted September 15, 2017 12:12AM

Alberta family Mediation Society presents:

Building Your Divorce Mediation Practice
Bringing Theory Into Reality
with JANE WARREN
September 28, 2017 in Calgary and October 3, 2017 in Edmonton

This one-day course will be a great jumping off point for those just starting out in the industry, or will compliment and improve your current mediation business practices.

Topic areas will include:
• Holding Clear Intention
The value of knowing why you’re really doing this work.
• Implementing Solid Infrastructure
Choosing tools and processes that let you focus on what you do best.
• Identifying your Target Market
Who do you best work with – and who should not be in the room with you?
• Connecting with your Clients
Finding them, issuing a compelling invitation and working from where they are.
• Engaging Responsive Mentoring
Where will you turn when you have questions or concerns or need some new ideas?
• Finding Trusted Collaborators
You’re part of a process and those other players can make all the difference.
• Practicing Impeccable Self Care
You’ll spend many days with people in trauma; caring effectively for you is caring effectively for them.

Mediators, Arbitrators, Lawyers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Coaches, and Parenting Coordinators in private practice will find this workshop practical, creative and highly valuable.*

Dates: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9am to 4pm* OR Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 9am to 4pm*
(Followed by the AFMS AGM (Followed by a Wine and Cheese Social)
and a Wine and Cheese Social)
Kahanoff Centre, Providence Renewal Centre
Suite 200, 105 12th Avenue SE, 3005 119 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Edmonton, AB T6J 5R5
Paid street parking or parking lot Free parking

Cost: $250.00 (no GST)

Presenter: Jane Warren
Jane spent 13 years creating, building and honing a successful, Calgary-based, divorce mediation practice. She worked with 100s of couples, created a practice that complemented her lifestyle, and grew her referral sources to be largely word of mouth from past clients (the perfect marketing department!). With a strong business background, and being neither a lawyer nor a counsellor, she created her practice from a non-traditional starting point and grew it into a thriving endeavour through business practices that worked for her, her clients and her prospective clients.

*This course will count as 6 hours towards your AFMS continuing education credits. Contact us for registration form. info@afms.ca


AFMS participates in Law Day 2017 in Calgary and Edmonton
Posted April 24, 2017 11:10AM






Upcoming events for AFMS:
Posted March 21, 2017 7:06PM

Training: Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9am to 4pm, Building Your Divorce Mediation Practice: Bringing Theory Into Reality with Jane Warren. Kahanoff Centre, Suite 200, 105 12th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1. *This course will count as 6 hours towards your AFMS continuing education credits.

Annual General Meeting (AGM): AFMS AGM and Wine & Cheese social for all members. Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Kahanoff Centre, Suite 200, 105 12th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1. If you are not able to attend the AGM in Calgary, we will be providing a live web link so that you can call/video link to the meeting.

Training: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 9am to 4pm, Building Your Divorce Mediation Practice: Bringing Theory Into Reality with Jane Warren. Providence Renewal Centre, 3005 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5R5. *This course will count as 6 hours towards your AFMS continuing education credits.


What we’ve been up to…

Training: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Creating a Culture of Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Workshop for Family Mediators/Arbitrators/Parenting Coordinators with the Honourable Nancy Flatters and Becky Van Tassel, Calgary. This one day course was well received and we are taking it on the road to Edmonton in May!

Training: January 18 – 21, 2017, Meeting With Children, Dr. Lorri Yasenik and Jon Graham, Calgary, AB. This four day course about Hearing Children in the ADR process was sold out and a highly successful training for the participants. The question is not WHETHER children should be heard, but rather HOW TO ensure children’s voices are safely and effectively heard as part of an ADR process. A child-centred approach views the child as central to the family system, and provides strategies for working with parents to include the child’s concerns. We plan to offer this course again, if possible.