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Jonathan is an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM -, and a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OCSWSSW -

Jonathan is also a member in good standing of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association (, the Ontario Association of Social Workers (, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - Ontario Branch (

Jonathan Paynter graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1997 and a Bachelor of Social Work (Summa Cum Laude) in 1999.  He worked in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice systems for a few years with children and their families.  He then returned to school to complete a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto.  He worked in the Ontario College system for a few years as a counsellor and then transitioned into working in the Family Court system, completing custody and access assessments, parenting capacity assessments and Youth Court assessments, which he continues to do today. He has also worked in private practice for the past 12 years, providing counselling to adults, couples and children. He has specialties in the areas of anxiety treatment and anger management counselling.  Jonathan has pursued many educational opportunities in addition to his university education, including certificates in Collaborative Family Law, Advanced Family Mediation, Family Arbitration, Relapse Prevention and Actuarial Assessment of Risk.  He is a regular attendee at conferences and workshops to continually update his skills.  For a full curriculum vitae, please email Jonathan at