Invitation to Submit Proposals

Academy of Professional Family Mediators
& Association of Divorce Financial Planners

2018 United Catalyst Conference:

Modern Solutions for Divorce and Family Professionals

 October 18-October 20, 2018 | San Diego,California


Proposal Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

This year, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) will host its 2018 Annual Conference, in conjunction with the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP). This year’s joint conference will focus on modern solutions to the problems that challenge divorce and family professionals, including the many ways that mediators and financial professionals can work together.

If you would like to present at this unique Conference, we invite you to submit proposals. The Conference will take place in San Diego, California, October 18 – 20, 2018.  The deadline for submitting proposals is May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. PST.  We hope you will choose to enhance the scope of our Conference with your proposal to present on a topic related to family mediation and/or divorce finances.

Proposals are welcome within the diverse areas of divorce and family mediation, divorce financial issues, and in the ways in which the two areas intersect. We encourage presentations at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of techniques and skill-building, on topics of marketing, research, and all other topics of interest to members of both organizations.

Participants in this year’s Conference will have the option to learn from speakers who focus on mediation, on divorce financial issues, and from those who blend the two. The Conference Committee encourages proposal submissions that focus on forward-thinking solutions that can help professionals enhance the field.

The Conference will commence on Thursday, October 18th with a 3-hour morning session that we are calling a “deep dive,” which will allow participants to learn more intensively about a single, specialized area. The rest of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will continue with joint-plenary speakers and various workshops, with choices of which workshops participants wish to attend.  On Thursday evening, after a joint-plenary, we will have a welcome reception for all attendees.

Our Conference provides opportunities for you to share your creative ideas, expertise, innovations, and research findings, on all aspects of family and divorce mediation, with this year’s added emphasis on divorce financial issues. The Conference Committee is seeking proposals for workshops that will run 100 minutes in length, as well as proposals for “deeper dive” sessions that would run for 3 hours. All Conference sessions can have multiple presenters.

Here are some topic ideas to get you thinking (Note: This is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of topics):

  • Skill Building for Novices and for Advanced Practitioners, such as Dealing with Impasses, Difficult Clients, or Nontraditional Families
  • Marketing Your Mediation Practice
  • Elder Mediation
  • Estate Distribution and Probate Mediation
  • Addressing Financial Issues in Mediation
  • Basic and Complex Tax Issues
  • Parenting Mediation
  • Child Development and Behavioral Adjustment Considerations
  • Ethics and Standards
  • Domestic Violence and Power Imbalances
  • Marital Mediation
  • Pre-Marital Mediation and Agreements
  • Post-Nuptial Mediation
  • High Conflict Relationships
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
  • Cohabitation Agreements and Mediation for Never Married Couples
  • Same Sex Couples
  • Open Adoptions
  • Mediating Family Rifts
  • Parent and Child/Teen Mediations
  • Family/Small Business Issues
  • Families with Special Needs Children
  • Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mediation
  • Mediators’ Personal Development
  • Mediators’ Self-Care
  • Using Technology in Mediation
  • Online Family Mediation
  • Blended-Family Mediation
  • Working with other Professionals in Mediation
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
Presenters will receive a discount of $75 off the standard registration rate for the Conference.

We look forward to receiving your proposals by May 1, 2018, and to your presence at this year’s exciting Conference!

APFM-ADFP 2018 Conference Proposal Submission Form

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