About Kat Bellamano

MSW, RSW
C. Arb, C. Med, C. Med-Arb, FMC Cert. CFM
Parenting Coordinator | Facilitator | Mediator | Arbitrator

Kat has been working with people in conflict for 18 years and has been providing services by distance for over 10 years.  She has a diverse practice as a dispute resolution professional and registered social worker, in private practice.   Kat provides training, parenting coordination, mediation, arbitration, med-arb, circles, child interviewing and assessments, organizational development, coaching and facilitation; always with an emphasis on relationship building and working across differences.  Her main area of focus is working with families and groups with complex circumstances such as high conflict, trauma or mental health challenges, addiction, involvement with the legal system or intercultural issues.  She also provides the full range of her services by distance.  She designs and provides training on mediation and conflict resolution skills, trauma informed practice, sexualized violence prevention, and family violence screening.  Kat is also on the faculty of the Justice Institute of BC in both the Centre for Conflict Resolution and the Centre for Counselling and Community Safety and the faculty of Herzing College in the Kompass Professional Development Program.

She is a Chartered Arbitrator, Mediator, and Med-Arbitrator certified by ADR Canada, an Advanced Comprehensive Family Mediator certified by Family Mediation Canada, is on the rosters of Mediate BC, the BC Hear the Child, the BC Parenting Coordinator Roster Society and is recognized as a Qualified Parenting Coordinator in Saskatchewan.  She has a Master of Social Work with a Clinical Specialization and her major project for her MSW was on the impact of grief and attachment in parenting coordination.  Kat received her Certificate in Conflict Analysis and Management and her Certificate in Family Mediation from The Institute of Conflict Analysis and Management with an emphasis on Conflict in Organizations and Group Facilitation Skills.  She received her Certificate in Arbitration from the ADRBC (formerly BCAMI). She is on the Board of the BC Parenting Coordinators Roster Society and is Vice-President of the University of Victoria Alumni Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors of ADRBC and Family Mediation Canada.  Kat is also a restorative justice facilitator with Restorative Justice Victoria, is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO).

COVID 19 SAFE OPERATING PROTOCOLSUPDATED AUGUST 1,2020​

As per the guidelines provided by the Public Health Authority, the BC College of Social Workers and WorkSafe BC, here is the plan for Ambitus Consulting to continue to provide services:

Where possible, we will continue with the vast majority of appointments to be held virtually. However, we have slowly started to introduce in person appointments, limiting them to 1 in-person appointment a week. These will increase as time progresses. 

We will strive to hold  in-person meetings in an outside setting. If this is not possible due to rain, or other environmental factors outside of our control, meetings will be held inside and masks will be required.

Joint or group meetings will only be held in-person if appropriate safety measures can be taken. These will include:

  • Meeting outdoors; or
  • Meeting indoors, including only members of the same “bubble”; or
  • Being able to maintain 2 metres/6 feet between all attendees; or
  • Being able to maintain at least 2 metres/6 feet between the client group and facilitator

Additional requirements:

  • Clients attending in-person are asked to wait in their vehicle or in an outdoor area away from other people until immediately before their meeting.
  • When we are holding more than one in-person sessions a week, appointment times will be staggered to allow for cleaning and social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at entrance door.
  • Late cancellation fees will be waived for anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, personally or in their household.
  • Clients attending in-person meetings will be asked COVID screening questions.
  • Please wash your hands before attending in-person and avoid touching your face during meetings when possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing.
  • Please make payment by e-transfer, credit card over the phone or cheque by mail.