Steps to Become a Certified Family Mediator in Ontario

Are you passionate about helping Ontario families settle disputes, separations, divorces, or custody issues without resorting to costly litigation?

Going through the process to become a certified family mediator is an excellent way to gain the skills and credentials to begin your career.

Certification is not technically required to work as a family mediator in Ontario. But it can open a lot of doors.

For instance, you generally need to be certified if you want to provide court-connected family mediation services.

So how do you get started?

This post details the steps required to become accredited through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).

Here's how the process works.

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Virtual Team Management: 7 Keys to Managing Your Staff Online

In the wake of the pandemic, remote work has become the new norm. It's also become a new source of stress for people who aren't used to a totally virtual work environment.

But it looks like working from home is here to say, even post-Covid.

Many Canadian businesses are giving employees the option to continue working from home after the pandemic subsides.

And some are ditching their physical office space and going permanently online.

This massive shift to remote working is forcing managers to face a whole new set of challenges. 

How can you keep people connected and engaged when they're not together in the same office - or even the same time zone?

How do you track progress, monitor performance, and hold your staff accountable?

Apply these 7 simple strategies to take control and get comfortable with the new reality of virtual team management.

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Top 5 Health & Safety Manager Skills for Stronger OHS Leadership

Occupational health and safety is top of mind for many people these days. In the midst of a global pandemic, keeping people safe and healthy on the job has a whole new importance.

But workplace health and safety goes far beyond protecting people from disease. It encompasses total wellness, from physical safety to mental health, emergency procedures, risk prevention, and safety training for staff.

Each year brings new regulations, new best practices, and new research on how to improve health and safety at work.

If you're looking to advance your OHS career, which areas should you focus on? Which health and safety manager skills are most important right now and over the long term?

We asked our own OHS instructor and industry expert, Kylie Boyd to weigh in. She teaches a Health and Safety Management course specifically designed to enhance leadership skills.

Find out which areas you should focus on to create a stronger safety culture and take your career to the next level.

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7 Better Ways to Manage Projects & People Online

With the growing shift to remote work, many project managers find themselves leading a group of people who are scattered across the country (or even the world).

There are some clear advantages to this new way of doing things. But online project management comes with a host of new challenges, too.

How can you maintain communication and engagement with remote team members? What are the best ways to run meetings and track projects online?

Basically: how can you adapt traditional project management techniques for the virtual world?

This post is here to help. We break down 7 simple ways to more effectively manage projects and people online.

Let's dive in.

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Arbitration Myths & Facts: Your Quick Guide to the Profession

The use of arbitration is on the rise. More and more employers require workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, keeping conflicts like employment discrimination and wrongful termination out of the courts. We're also seeing a major uptick in intellectual property and technology disputes handled through arbitration.

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Meet Kat Bellamano: Your Guide to our Accredited Arbitration Training

Kat Bellamano teaches the accredited Arbitration training course at Kompass Professional Development. She has been working in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for 17 years.

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The 5 Steps of Mental Health First Aid (Explained in Plain Language)

Updated, June 2021.

What’s the first thing you should do when someone is experiencing a panic attack? What if you suspect someone is at risk of harming themselves? How should you approach them? 

The Global Burden of Disease study (2017) revealed that 792 million people worldwide are living with a mental health disorder. That’s roughly one in ten people globally. 

And yet, shockingly few of us know the signs of poor mental health, or how to respond to a mental health emergency. 

We understand that early intervention is key to saving lives and getting people the help they deserve. But we are fearful of saying the wrong thing, causing offence, or making the situation worse. 

Anyone who works in a community-serving role can benefit enormously from mental health first aid training. It’s not just health care providers who encounter people suffering from mental illness. 

From teachers to social workers to law enforcement to business managers—everyone should know the basic response strategies. 

So, let's get started. Here are the 5 steps of mental health first aid, explained in plain language.

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9 Most Important Skills for Professional Mediators

Mediation is often described as both an art and a science. A science because the practice is governed by a clear framework, with concrete technical components and legal boundaries. 

An art because skilled mediators draw on a variety of less tangible assets, like intuition, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a gift for cultivating trust amidst tension and hostility. 

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Human Resources Careers: Explore Entry-level and Advanced Roles

Updated October, 2021.

Human resources management (HRM) has a much larger role in business than most people realize. When you think about HR, what comes to mind?  

Most likely, you’re thinking about processes like recruitment, hiring, explaining company benefits, and dealing with discipline issues. 

But at today’s leading companies, HR goes far beyond these routine functions. More than ever before, human resources professionals are playing a key role in strategic planning and corporate policy. 

They are contributing at the highest levels, working with senior management to cultivate the most valuable asset a company has: its people. 

As HR grows as an industry, so do the variety of jobs available in different areas of specialization, and different levels of seniority. 

What types of human resources jobs are available? What career paths can you pursue, from HR generalist to specialist roles? Here’s a look at some popular options, and some tips on how to transition into the field.

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Managing HR for a Small Business: 5-Point Survival Guide

Updated June, 2021.

HR managers face challenges on so many fronts. On one side, there are legal issues and ever-evolving compliance requirements.

On the other, you’ve got employee engagement, talent retention, and dealing with performance problems. Not to mention, nailing down workplace policies and answering to higher-ups. 

It’s a lot to take on, particularly if you’ve never handled HR responsibilities before. But the truth is, this is a very common scenario in smaller businesses that are growing, and suddenly have need for an HR manager. 

Someone has to step into that role and create a framework that will help the company thrive. No small feat! 

Not sure where to begin, or how to focus your efforts?

Follow our 5-point survival guide for new HR managers—with special guest, Treena Chabot (Chartered Professional in Human Resources and the Principal Consultant at TREE for Supervisors).

Treena provided the 5 points in this survival guide, based on her training program and decades of experience working with HR professionals.

This is how to survive – and thrive!  as a new HR manager. 

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