Biography

Private Practice
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.

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.

Academic Background
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.

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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204 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2N5
Tel: (416) 961-3725 | Fax: (416) 322-0030
E-mail: howard.irving@sympatico.ca