Paula DeVeto

Collaborative Family Lawyers of London & Middlesex

110 Riverside Dr. Suite 203B
London, Ontario N6H 4S5
Office Phone: 519-471-2077
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional
License(s): Registered Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Professional Activities

Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers ~Associate Member of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators

Undergraduate Education

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (High Honours), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, 1986-1990
Concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Postgraduate Education

Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 1990-1992
Concentration: Clinical; Individuals, Families and Groups
Advanced Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy Studies, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1996-1998

Professional Education

Introduction to Collaborative Practice Process Training, Victoria L. Smith, LL.B.C. Medl, Cert. CFM (FMC), Sheila Brown, MSW, RSW Acc.FM (OAFM), Jane Tremblay, CFP, FLMI, CDFA, FDS, London, Ontario, November 12 & 13, 2009
Interviewing Children, Mindy Mitnick, Ed.M..M.A., Toronto, Ontario, May 21, 2009
Advanced Family Mediation and Negotiation Training, 21-hour training at Riverdale Mediation, Toronto, Ontario, May 12, 13 and 14, 2009
Basic Family Mediation and Negotiation Training, 40-hour training at Riverdale Mediation, Toronto, Ontario, March 23, 24, 30, 31 & April 1, 2009
Family Law for Family Arbitrators, McMaster University, Centre for Continuing Education, 30-hour training with Richard W. Shields, Hamilton, Ontario, 2008
Understanding Domestic Violence & Power Imbalances in Family Law Disputes, 14-hour training workshop with Alfred Mamo, LLB, Peter Jaffe PhD, Dan Ashbourne PhD, May 23 & May 24, 2008
Smokescreen or Fire? Allegations of Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Abuse in High Conflict Divorcing Families, with Mindy Mitnick, Ed.M., M.A. and Dr. Peter Jaffe, High Conflict Forum, Toronto, Ontario, November 27, 2008
Parenting Coordination: Overview of Family Law with Hilary A. Linton, LL.B, LLM, Toronto, Ontario, January 25, 2008
Parenting Coordination Foundations, with Dr. Barbara Fidler & Linda Chodus, Toronto, Ontario, January 25 & 26, 2008
Making Appropriate Parenting Arrangements in Family Violence Cases, with Professor Nick Bala, Toronto, Ontario, January 18, 2008
High Conflict Divorcing Families: Practical Strategies to Prevent Alienation, with Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D., Toronto Ontario, November 9, 2007
Collaborative Practice Symposium on Interdisciplinary Practice, Hamilton, Ontario, September 28 & 29, 2007
Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Program on Negotiation, Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School, Boston Massachusetts, 2007
The Psychological Treatment of Children with Trauma Attachment Problems, 23-hour Advanced Level professional training with Dr. Daniel A. Hughes, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 2007
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (an attachment-based therapy), 36-hour Master's class with Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman, Centre for Family Develoopment, Williamsville, New York, 2005-2006
Critical Insident Stress Mnagement - Group Crisis Intervention, 2005
Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management - Group Crisis Intervention, 2005
Advanced Clinical Internship Training Program, Halton Sexual Abuse Program, Oakville, Ontario, 1992-1993


Paula DeVeto is a clinical social worker who practices as a family therapist, custody and access assessor, family mediator, parenting coordinator, and functions as a neutral facilitator, child specialist and divorce coach in the collaborative law process. She specializes in working with separating and divorcing families. She often speaks to newly separated clients by referrencing the 'train wrecks' that she has been witness to through her direct observations and more importantly, through the countless stories told by her clients about painful experiences with traditional litigation. As a witness to the devestation and what often amounts to unforseen and unintended negative outcomes, the pain experienced by children, their parents and countless others who love them do not lose there impact. As an advocate for children, Paula is deeply committed to offering clients a range of services and promoting informed choice as to how people will manage their separation/divorce experience. She invites clients to consider the nature of the investment that they are about to embark upon and has them identify how this relates to the personal legacy that they wish to leave behind for their children and future generations. On a larger scale, it is about creating a better world for families. Her approach is systemic and strength-based, which embraces a team approach tailored to the unique needs of each family.