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Membership Standards for Collaborative Professionals in Ontario

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The OCLF has developed the following Membership Standards for OCLF Groups and Professionals.These are a work in progress. We look forward to your feed-back so that we can make these standards as useful as possible.
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COLLABORATIVE LEGAL PROFESSIONALS:

  1. Be a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  2. Be a Barrister and Solicitor / Lawyer, LL.B. or J.D.
  3. Have completed 40 hours of collaborative training, including interest based negotiation skills training and collaborative family law skills training.
  4. Have professional errors and omissions insurance coverage of at least $1million.

 

COLLABORATIVE FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS:

  1. Be a member of a recognized financial professional regulatory body.
  2. Have one or more of the following designations:
  3. CFP

    Certified Financial Planner
    Financial Planners Standards Council (FPSC),
    Mutual Funds Dealers Association (MFDA), ADVOCIS,
    Financial Advisors Association
    of Canada (FAAC)

    CMA

    Chartered Management Accountant
    Certified Management Accountants of Ontario

    CA

    Chartered Accountant
    Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

    CGA

    Certified General Accountant
    Certified General Accountants of Ontario

    Ch.F.C

    Chartered Financial Consultant
    ADVOCIS, FPSC, FAAC

    CLU

    Chartered Life Underwriter
    ADVOCIS, FPSC, FAAC

    PFP

    Personal Financial Planner
    Institute of Canadian Bankers      

    FDS

    Financial Divorce Specialist
    Academy of Financial Divorce Specialists (AFDS), FPSC, ADVOCIS

    CDFA

    Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
    Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA), FPSC, ADVOCIS

    FCIA

    Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries
    Canadian Institute of Actuaries

    CBV

    Chartered Business Valuator
    Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators

  4. Have completed 40 hours of collaborative training, including interest based negotiation skills training and collaborative family law skills training.
  5. Minimum of 16 hours of basic training in the fundamentals of family law, with a recommendation to complete 30 hours of family law training.
  6. Have professional liability insurance coverage of at least $1million.

 

Collaborative Mental Health / FAMILY PROFESSIONALS

  1. Be a member in good standing of a recognized mental health professional regulatory body and be recognized as a mental health professional under Ontario legislation (Regulated Health Profession Act, 1991; Regulated Health Professions Statute Law Amendment Act 2009; Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998 (Section 26) (Ontario Regulation 384/00); Psychotherapy Act 2007).
  2. Hold one of the following designations:
  3. MD

    Psychiatrist
    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

    PhD, Psy.D, Ed.D, D.Psy

    Doctor of Philosophy – Clinical Psychologist
    College of Psychologists of Ontario

    M.A, M.Sc.,M.Ps., M.Ed

    Psychological Associate
    College of Psychologists of Ontario

    RSW, MSW

    Registered Social Worker, Master of Social Work
    Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers

    Note:  The following additional designations are expected to be regulated under the College of Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario, which is anticipated to be fully functional in 2012:

    RMFT

    Registered Marriage and Family therapist

    CCC

    Canadian Certified Counsellor
    Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

    OACCPP

    Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors,
    Psychometrists and Psychotherapists
    College of Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario

  4. Have completed 40 hours of collaborative training, including interest based negotiation skills training and collaborative family law skills training.
  5. Minimum of 16 hours of basic training in the fundamentals of family law, with a recommendation to complete 30 hours of family law training.
  6. Have professional liability insurance coverage of at least $1 million.

 

“ASSOCIATE” MEMBERS:

Professionals who are not members of a regulatory body, and who take 40 hours of Collaborative training, may be considered by practice groups for associate memberships.  The OCLF recommends that associate members not be given full membership privileges such as being listed on the public website.

 

FOR ALL COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONALS:

The OCLF recommends additional training in interest-based negotiation skills beyond the basic membership criteria for all collaborative professionals.  We expect that members will continue to upgrade their skills through further training and professional development on an annual basis.  An annual minimum requirement of 8 hours is recommended.