Practicum in Child Protection Mediation (PCPM)

Gain the practical experience of working with diverse families in a child protection context, and the required qualifications to be eligible to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster.

About the Practicum in Child Protection Mediation

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and the BC Ministry of Attorney General (MAG) have partnered to develop the Practicum in Child Protection Mediation (PCPM) to support the growth of child protection mediation throughout British Columbia. Participants will gain the practical mediation experience and required additional knowledge and experience to be eligible to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster.

As a mentee in the practicum you will be provided a unique opportunity to practice the variety of skills, approaches and processes involved in child protection mediation in BC. You will participate in and complete actual child protection mediations (10 in the Standard practicum, and 4 in the Advanced practicum) with experienced child protection mediators as your mentors. The practicum also includes online learning activities and resources, and monthly online opportunities to connect with your cohort of mentees to share experiences and learning.

Mediations will vary in complexity, length and location. As you progress through the practicum and gain experience, your role will shift from actively supporting your mentor through all aspects of pre-mediation and mediation meetings, to co-facilitating a mediation from start to finish with your mentor as your support.


About the Child Protection Mediation Program and BC Child Protection Mediation Roster

Child protection mediation provides a collaborative planning and decision-making option for parents, families and child welfare (protection) social workers to voluntarily work through sensitive and complex issues in a confidential process. In order to practice as a child protection mediator in British Columbia, qualified mediators must be on a specialized roster, which is managed by the Child Protection Mediation Program (CPMP) of the BC Ministry of Attorney General.

Completion of JIBC's Practicum in Child Protection Mediation does not guarantee admission to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster. The BC Ministry of Attorney General, is responsible for the recruitment and selection of mediators in accordance with BC Government procurement policies and procedures.  Detailed information about CPMP mediator qualifications and their selection process is available on the Becoming a Child Protection Mediator - Province of British Columbia website. 

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Who Should Take This Practicum

This practicum is for those who intend to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster, but have not achieved the basic practical experience or the additional knowledge and experience prerequisites  to apply to the roster.

The Standard Practicum is best suited for individuals who have completed 80 hours of core education in conflict resolution, mediation theory, and skills training (40 hours specifically on mediation, including 10 hours of simulated, or role play, mediation under direct supervision) and have little or no practical experience in conducting mediations or knowledge related to working with families in the child protection context.

The Advanced Practicum is designed for mediators currently in their own practice, who meet the BC Child Protection Mediation roster's basic training and education requirements, have the required mediation experience, but lack the practical mediation experience and/or knowledge related to working with families in the child protection context.  


Note: Your success in this practicum is dependent on your ability to participate in the designated number of co-mediations. You can expect the average mediation to have 2-3 days of activity. In some cases the activity may occur on consecutive days, while in other instances, depending on the complexity of the issues surrounding the mediation and the number of participants, the activity could be scheduled over a longer period of time. Mediations requiring travel may exceed 2 days. As such, your availably and ability to travel will be key factors to successful completion of the practicum. 

Learning Objectives

As a mentee in the PCPM program, you will have the opportunity to obtain and practice the required skills and knowledge to conduct child protection mediation in BC, and acquire the experience to be eligible to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster.

Upon completion of the practicum, you will have gained knowledge regarding:

  • The context and legislated mandate of child protection mediation in BC.

  • The context and impact of child protection in Indigenous communities and families.

  • The role of the mediator in working with presenting dynamics in the child protection mediation context, including:

    • domestic / family violence;

    • mental health and problematic substance use; and,

    • trauma informed practice.

  • Comprehensive agreement writing.

Learners will be encouraged and supported to:

  • Develop empathy, respect for diversity, and understanding of families in the child welfare context.

  • Increase self-awareness of one’s own conflict styles, world views and perspectives and how these relate to their practice as a child protection mediator.

Upon successful completion of the Practicum you will receive a JIBC Certifice of Completion.

Practicum Format

Standard Offering - 12 months

  • Attend an in-person 2-day orientation session.

  • Complete a series of online learning activities.

  • Participate in monthly online cohort meetings.

  • Participate in 10 co-mediations with at least one co-mediation with an Indigenous mentor, and at least one co-mediation providing service to an Indigenous family within 12 months.

  • Registration in the Standard Program is limited to 10 participants.


 

 

Advanced Offering - 6 months

  • Attend an in-person 2-day orientation session.

  • Complete a series of online learning activities.

  • Participate in monthly online cohort meetings.

  • Participate in 4 co-mediations with at least one co-mediation with an Indigenous mentor, and at least one co-mediation providing service to an Indigenous family within 6 months.

  • Registration in the Advanced Program is limited to 5 participants.

Admission Requirements

PCPM Standard Practicum Requirements (All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.)

  • Completion of 80 hours of core education in conflict resolution, mediation theory, and skills training (40 hours specifically on mediation including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation under supervision) within the last 10 years.

  • Affirmed intention to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster. 

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) from the Criminal Records Review Program (RCMP or local police check is NOT acceptable). Click here for how to obtain a CRC 

PCPM Advanced Practicum Requirements (All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.)

  • Completion of 80 hours of core education in conflict resolution, mediation theory, and skills training (40 hours specifically on mediation including 10 hours of simulated or role play mediation under supervision) within the last 10 years.

  • Completed a minimum of 10 mediations as a sole mediator or primary co-mediator within the last 2 years.

  • Affirmed intention to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster. 

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) from the Criminal Records Review Program (RCMP or local police check is NOT acceptable). Click here for how to obtain a CRC

Admission to PCMP is contingent upon availability of seats, completion of all admission requirements, submission of supporting documentation and applicant ranking as determined by a selection process.

PCPM Advanced Practicum Requirements (All supporting documentation must be received by the application deadline.)

·         Completion of 80 hours of core education in conflict resolution, mediation theory, and skills training (40 hours specifically on mediation including 10 hours of simulated, or role play mediation under supervision) within the last 10 years,) supervision.

·         Completed a minimum of 10 mediations as a sole mediator or primary co-mediator [LB1]  within the last 2 years.

·         Affirmed intention to apply to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster. 

·         Criminal Record Check (CRC) from the Criminal Records Review Program  (RCMP or local police check is NOT acceptable). Click here for how to obtain a CRC


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Selection Process

Selection Criteria

The BC Child Protection Mediation roster strives to represent cultural and regional diversity across the province of British Columbia.  In order to adequately represent the needs of the province, the Child Protection Mediation Program (CPMP) has provided selection criteria priorities to fill the gaps on the current BC Child Protection Mediator roster. Candidates who meet all PCPM Program admission requirements will be accepted to the program based on the priorities identified by CPMP.

Priorities may include, but are not limited to applicants:

  • Self-identifying as Indigenous.

  • From rural and remote BC communities.

  • From communities underserved by local child protection mediators.

  • Representing gender and cultural diversity.

  • Speaking an additional language to English.

 Acceptance Deadlines

  • Successful applicants will be notified by email within 14 calendar days of the application closing date.

  • To confirm your seat in the practicum you must accept the offer in writing and submit the non-refundable deposit (to be applied to your tuition) within 7 calendar days of being notified. Failure to confirm acceptance and/or pay the required deposit within the specified timeframe will be considered non-acceptance, and your seat will be forfeited.

Program Fees & Tuition

Standard Practicum: 

  • Application fee of $75

  • Tuition Fee of $3,600 plus Learner Services Fee

  • Criminal Record Check of $28 

Advanced Practicum:

  • Application fee of $75 

  • Tuition Fee of $2,700 plus Learner Services Fee

  • Criminal Record Check of $28 

Deposit

A $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid within 7 calendar days of acceptance into PCPM. This deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees. Application fee and deposit are non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstances.

Fee & Payment Schedule

  • $500 deposit is required within 7 calendar days of acceptance into PCPM.
    This deposit will be applied to the cost of tuition.

  • Full tuition (less deposit) due 7 days prior to program start date. 

   

Travel Costs

Whenever possible, JIBC will schedule co-mediations within your region of residence. However, in order to complete the designated number of co-mediations, some travel will be required.

Travel Awards 

Mentees are considered to be on travel status and are only eligible to claim transportation (besides mileage), meals and accommodation expenses as set out below if the mentee is travelling beyond 80 kilometres one-way from their billing/home address to the intended co-mediation destination.

Mentees are required to arrange and pay for their own travel. Expenses related to participation in co-mediations and PCPM program-specific events will be reimbursed by JIBC, according to the following stipulations:

  • Expenses up to $250 per co-mediation will be deemed as pre-approved.

  • Expenses estimated to exceed $250 per co-mediation will require a written estimate of travel expenditures to be submitted to the PCPM Program Manager for approval prior to travel. Failure to obtain prior approval could result in the denial of all or a portion of the submitted expense claim.

Mentees are responsible for using sound judgement when incurring expenses and conducting mediation travel. All expense claims, regardless of the amount, must be adequately supported by receipts and be in accordance with the PCPM Travel Guidelines.

Other Considerations for Success in Completing the Practicum

To be successful in the PCPM we expect that you will have:

  • Availability to complete the required number of co-mediations within the timeline of your chosen practicum.  

    • If you are enrolled in the Standard Practicum, you will be permitted a one-time only request to be unavailable for co-mediations for a period of up to three weeks. Requests must be submitted in writing to the PCPM Program Manager no later than two weeks to the requested dates. You may decline up to two co-mediation offers without penalty. Declining more than two co-mediations, when provided with ten calendar days’ notice, may be grounds for terminating your participation in the practicum.   

    • If you are enrolled in the Advanced Practicum, you will be permitted a one-time only request to be unavailable for co-mediations for a period of up to two weeks. Requests must be submitted in writing to the PCPM Program Manager no later than two weeks prior to the requested dates. You may decline one co-mediation offer without penalty. Declining more than one co-mediations when provided ten calendar days’ notice may be grounds for terminating your participation in the practicum.

  • Flexibility to attend co-mediations. All mediations are different, the length and days of the week are not predictable. Scheduling of pre-mediation and mediation meetings are based on the availability of the parties involved. 

  • A high level of emotional awareness along with advanced communication abilities and strong facilitation / listening skills. Mediations can be very complex, with a number issues needing to be managed concurrently and a variety of mediation participants (e.g. Indigenous representatives, lawyers and family members) to work with at the same time.

  • Reliable forms of communication, including a cellphone, a laptop, and high speed Internet access.

  • The ability to book your own travel, including an active credit card under your name.

How to Apply

  1. Check the program application deadline date

  2. Complete the Online Program Application Form on Education Planner BC

  3. Complete the PCPM Document Submission Form, attach the required documents (resume and CRC  or proof of submission), any supplemental documentation (transcripts and/or course outlines) and submit either in person, by mail, or email to: 

Justice Institute of British Columbia
Admissions Office
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC  V3L 5T4
Email: admissions@jibc.ca

Only completed application packages received by the application deadline will be considered. 

Important dates

Important dates to note for the September 2019 PCPM intake

  • Application Deadline 
    (all documents must be completed and submitted, including online application form, PCPM Document Submission form, a copy of your resume, proof of criminal record check submission, and any additional supporting documentation)

 

June 14, 2019

  • Successful applicants notified in writing

 

Within 14 days of  application deadline.

  • Acceptance and payment of deposit

 

7 calendar days from notification.

  • Tuition payment due

 

 7 days prior to Program start date

  • Program start date

 

September 9, 2019

  • 2-day in-person orientation session 

 

September 2019 - tbd

Policies & Procedures

Successful candidates in the CPMP Practicum agree to:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer here, please feel free to email us directly at pcpm@jibc.ca with your questions.  

 


 

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Application Process

Can I apply to both Advanced and Standard Programs?Yes, however you will need apply to and submit the application fee and all  required documentation for each practicum separately.
I've  run out of room on the PCPM Document Submission form to highlight my education and training.  How do I add more?Additional information may be included on a separate document and submit as an attachment to your completed PCPM Document Submission form. You may also attach course outlines and official post secondary transcripts.
If I am not accepted into the September, 2019 cohort, is it possible to have my application fees waived for the next intake?Your application and fee is only valid for the term you apply to.  If you are not accepted into the practicum and you choose to reapply, you will need to resubmit all documentation and fees with the new application.


Education

My education is more than 10 years old, can I still apply?If your education falls out side of the 10 year requirement, a combination of your education and relevant experience may be considered.
If I have not met all of the entrance training requirements by the application closing date but will able to complete these requirements prior to the commencement of the program start date, will my application still be taken into consideration?
All mandatory requirements must be met for your application to be considered.  We would recommend you completed your core educational requirements and apply to the next available cohort.



Financial Aid

Is there funding set aside for Indigenous and rural grants that I can access?

There are many funding opportunities available through JIBC. Please refere to the JIBC's Indigenous Student Services for more information. 

You may also want to check Indigenous Services Canada for various funding opportunities through this Government of Canada website.

I will be receiving funding for the tuition, however it won't be paid until the day before the program starts. Will this affect my ability to register?The standard procedure for financial aid is for a student's sponsor to directly submit funding to the post-secondary institution.  Please check with your sponsor to confirm the payment process or contact our Admissions department at the Justice Institute of British Columbia at 604.528.5762 or email financialaid@jibc.ca


Mediations

How much notice will I be provided prior to a co-mediation?Generally we will try to give you at least 10 day's notice.  However depending on the mediation time frame,  there may be occaissions were it could be a less.
How frequently do co-mediations occur?You should anticipate 1 co-mediation per month.  However, this is dependent on the number of available co-mediation opportunities.
How long does a co-mediation take?You can expect the average mediation to have 2-3 days of activity. In some cases the activity may occur on consecutive days, while in other instances, depending on the complexity of the issues surrounding the mediation and the number of participants, the activity could be scheduled over a longer period of time. Mediations requiring travel may exceed 2 days. 


Program

What is the time committment for the program?Depending on the stream you have applied for, you will have either 6 months (Advanced) or 12 months (Standard) to complete the online component, which for the most part is self-directed.  Each module is estimated to be approximately ½ day.  You will also participate in online discussion boards and a once per month online cohort meetings. You will be required to attend a 2-day in-person orientation which we anticipated will be in the first two weeks of September.  In regards to the supervised co-mediations, plan on 2-3 days of activity, plus any addition travel time (if required).
Upon completion of the practicum will I be on the BC Child Protection Mediation roster?No, this practicum will provide you with the required skills and experience to be able to apply to the roster.  We suggest you contact the Ministry of Attorney General's Child Protection Mediation Program directly for information specifically relating to the BC Child Protection Mediation roster.
Will this practicum program be offered again?
Yes.  We anticipate that a second offering will take place during the Winter 2020 Term.  Applications for this intake will likely open for acceptence in August 2019.  Please check the jibc.ca/pcpm web page for dates.


Travel

Are the majority of supervised mediations located on the mainland?Whenever possible, JIBC will schedule co-mediations within your region of residence. However, in order to complete the designated number of co-mediations, some travel will be required.
Will travel expenses be covered?

Yes, most travel expenses will be covered.  For full details, refer to the PCPM Travel Guidelines.

 

 



Contact Information

For information on the Practicum in Child Protection Mediation Program:

Vanessa Gray, Program Manager
Practicum in Child Protection Mediation Program
Phone: 604.528.5628
Email: pcpm@jibc.ca


Last updated May 17, 2019