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 registered psychotherapist 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.
Dr. Irving is a pioneer in developing models of
Therapeutic Family Mediation, and is the author of
Therapeutic Family Mediation
, 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 emeriti at the University of Toronto, Faculty
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.
Dr. 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.
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