following are recent books Dr. Irving has written.
They are available locally at various bookstores
including Indigo, The Bob Miller Book Room, The
University of Toronto bookstore, and online at
the various links below.
Children Come First
Mediation, Not Litigation When Marriage Ends
Pub. Date: January 2011
For three decades Dr. Howard H. Irving has championed the use of divorce mediation outside the adversarial court system to save couples and their children from the bitter legacy of legal wrangling and winner-takes-all custody battles. Now, calling on his vast experience mediating more than 2,000 cases, Irving has written Children Come First directly for couples contemplating or undergoing divorce.
In this book the author takes a tripartite approach that points out:
* the dangers of the adversarial approach to divorce,
* the benefits of divorce mediation, and
* how parents can put their children first during and after their divorce.
Children Come First is written in a reader-friendly style with case studies, charts, and diagrams, as well as illustrations from the author's renowned practice. Ultimately, this book takes parents through the process of building a shared parenting plan that places their children's interests uppermost while still addressing the parents' unique situations and needs.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Pub. Date: February 2002
Therapeutic Family Mediation is a practice-based
text grounded in a therapeutic family
mediation (TFM) model created by the authors.
This is the first comprehensive treatment
of the model, complete with clinical examples
and practice strategies. The authors include
a detailed review of the model's five
stages, accompanied by a discussion of
theoretical underpinnings, practice techniques,
the mediation of parenting and financial
plans, the importance of cultural diversity,
and research trends based on a thorough
review of the literature. Contemporary
issues associated with family mediation
in the 21st century are employed to illustrate
the model in action with a full-length
Designed as a practical hands-on manual
or text for students and professors of social
work, Therapeutic Family Mediation will
also prove highly useful to mental health
practitioners, legal professionals and mediators,
couples going through divorce, and community
workers specializing in family services.
- Guides the reader through the authors'
five-step model: Intake/Assessment,
Pre- Mediation, Negotiation, Termination,
- Outlines the use of parenting plans
and financial plans
- Explores patterns of conflict and monetary
- Explains the process of drafting contracts
- Provides the tools necessary for assisting
high-conflict couples and culturally diverse
Mediation: Contemporary Issues
Format: Hardcover, 462pp.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Pub. Date: September 1995
Family mediation has quickly become a significant
means of legal dispute resolution, recognized
in most North American jurisdictions as
a relief to already overburdened judicial
systems. Using an innovative practical approach,
the authors of Family Mediation incorporate
the pivotal principals of family therapy
into this new context - the judicial realm
of family mediation. The practice model
- therapeutic family mediation - thoroughly
treats history specific issues, and practice
in an eco systemic approach and responds
to the feminist critique of mediation.
Mediation: Theory and Practice with Chinese
Publisher: Hong Kong University
Pub. Date: AVAILABLE SOON
This is the first book ever published
to utilize a detailed structure of family
mediation services for Chinese families.
books written by Dr. Irving include:
Family Mediation Advocating for
Divorce Mediation: A Rational Alternative
to the Adversary System
Family Mediation Theory and Practice of
Family Law: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
The Family Myth