Shely Polak


PhD  University of Toronto
MSW University of Toronto
BSc York University

Shely Polak is a registered social worker and an accredited family mediator servicing Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (e.g., Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge). Her private practice provides specialized services related to families impacted by separation and divorce including: custody and access assessments, family mediation, reintegration therapy, voice of the child reports,  parenting coordination, and therapeutic services for children and families.

Dr. Polak’s doctoral research focused on the practice of reintegration therapy for children who resist parental contact post-separation. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and is a frequent presenter at national and international professional and academic conferences in the area of high conflict separation/divorce and parent-child contact problems. Dr. Polak was the recipient of the Nicolas Bala Award for Excellence in Children & Family Law in October 2016. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, Ontario Association of Social Workers, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Ontario Association of Family Mediators She currently sits on the Executive of the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter.

Dr. Polak has worked in a wide range of clinical settings and with different populations. These include outpatient hospital settings, family service agencies, a panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General and roster family mediator for the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice.