Dr. Howard H. Irving is widely recognized
as one of Canada's leading experts in family mediation,
as well as personal and family therapy. With 25 years experience
as a practicing therapist and family mediator, Dr. Irving
has received referrals from numerous judges, lawyers and
others to conduct therapy and mediation. Dr. Irving has
also been called on by numerous agencies to develop family
mediation services and programs, and is a founding member
and past President of Family Mediation Canada.
Irving is a pioneer in developing models of Therapeutic
Family Mediation, and is the author of Therapeutic
the most comprehensive book in this area of practice. He
is also the author of over 90 articles and 5 texts on family
mediation, including such topics as parenting agreements,
mobility rights and children, the effects of divorce on
children and parents and research studies regarding the
evaluation of dispute resolution programs.
In addition to his private practice, Dr.
Irving is a professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty
of Social Work and Cross-Appointed to the Faculty of Law.
He received his formal education at the University of Rhode
Island, the University of Connecticut and the University
of Toronto, where he received his Ph.D. The Parliamentary
Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs and various provincial
committees have invited Dr. Irving to present expert testimony
on mediation regarding social and legal policy.
Irving has received numerous awards of merit for his teaching
and research and family mediation from the University of
Toronto, Family Mediation Canada, The Academy of Family
Mediators, and the Hong Kong University. In the past few
years he has also developed an international reputation
giving courses and speeches in the United States, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Beijing and Israel and has consulted with numerous
Chinese agencies in promoting mediation throughout China.
He has also given seminars through The Bar Admission course
and the Canadian Bar Association, and for Canadian judges
regarding family mediation.