APFM 2022

Pre Conference Institutes
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Each Institute runs from 10AM-1PM Eastern (7-10AM Pacific). Each will be recorded.

Get Three Workshops for the Price of One!

When you register for a single workshop, you’ll gain access to recordings of the other two workshops at no additional cost. Workshop recordings will be made available to registrants after the conference at a date to be determined.


APFM Members: $145

Non Members: $195

Early Bird 20% Discount through August 26!

Preconference Institutes

Parenting Strategies Unlocked: Discovering the Keys to Promote Healthier Family Dynamics

Facilitated by Nicole Davis, Ph.D.

It can be tough for mediators to know how to properly categorize child-rearing concerns that parents present to us. Parents who are divorcing typically must rely on parenting plans to guide them on how to share time, money, responsibilities, and even discipline. However, challenging topics may arise during mediation discussions that don’t just center around their children’s activities and homework, but may also touch on concerns such as character flaws, sketchy friendships, and personal identity crises, as well as many others.

Mediation opens the door for us to work through these issues with parents, collaboratively discussing matters that get right to the heart of the minefields of their children’s personal development. No matter what issues the parents face, we can equip ourselves with the tools necessary to facilitate discussions around how best to promote healthy and well-rounded children. Through our skillful guidance, families can safely explore how to communicate respectfully, establish boundaries, share common values , and, most importantly, discover how to actively listen to the growing and changing needs of their children.

In this values-based workshop, participants will learn how to be more successful in their work with families, by discovering the eight keys necessary to promote healthy relationships between parents and children and by enhancing their personal and relational dynamics.

About Nicole

Nicole Davis, Ph.D., is a certified mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, harassment prevention expert, and conflict skills trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Her focus areas are family, church, workplace, and organizational leadership.

Nicole’s doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is in the field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She holds a master’s degree in International Management from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Morgan State University. Nicole’s background includes work with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, church congregations, circuit courts of Baltimore City, Baltimore and Howard Counties, Prince George’s County Executive’s Office and law enforcement, and educational systems at the secondary and collegiate levels.

 She and her husband, Tony, have co-authored several books, including  the 3-book DONE RIGHT SERIES: (1) Parenting Done Right Is Hard Work But It’s Worth It, (2) Marriage Done Right Is Hard Work But It’s Work It, and, (3) Leadership Done Right Is Hard Work But It’s Worth It, to bring voice to what the Bible instructs regarding FAMILY dynamics and the conduct of the individuals within them. Nicole has also authored her latest book, Eve, Where Are You? Confronting Toxic Practices Against the Advancement of Women (www.evewhereareyou.com), which is available in both English and Spanish. Additionally, she and her husband co-founded an organization, EMPOWER TO ENGAGE, focusing on enhancing marriages and families, and equipping men and women to exemplify leadership, at home first, then in their spheres of societal influence, through mediation, coaching, and training. Their website is: www.empowertoengage.com. Nicole, a native of Akron, OH, is a United States Navy veteran, a wife of over 30 years, and mother of two adult sons. 

The Intersection of Zoom and In-the Room: Getting Ready for Hybrids

Facilitated by Susan Guthrie

For many practitioners emerging from the Pandemic, the question appears to be: “Do I stay online or go back to in-person for my mediations?”  However, we know that the general workplace has overwhelmingly transitioned to a hybrid model, with some employees reporting in-person and some continuing to work remotely.  This trend toward hybrid meetings is likely to become the norm in mediation, as we seek to satisfy clients who are used to the convenience of virtual meetings, as well as others, who seek the comfort of in-person meetings.

Properly conducting a hybrid mediation, with one or more participants meeting remotely, while others are present in-person, presents unique challenges for mediators.  Ethically, we are obligated to provide a fair and quality process for our clients, as we are met with challenges by both the technology and hardware needed, as well as by the scarcity of best practices for managing the psychological issues that arise in the hybrid format.

In order to provide the best experience for hybrid clients, mediators must be aware of these challenges, make modifications to their equipment and techniques to meet the challenges, and properly educate the participants as well, so that they are able to make educated decisions about whether or not a hybrid mediation is really what they want. 

In this workshop, attendees will:

  1. Receive a primer on the technology and equipment needed for a hybrid mediation.
  2. Be provided with a range of suggestions for affordable technology, set up, and alternative tech suite options.
  3. Become aware of the many psychological pitfalls that may occur in a hybrid mediation.
  4. Acquire skills and tools to effectively manage those psychological issues.
  5. Understand best practices in educating clients about the distinct challenges of hybrid mediations.

About Susan

Susan Guthrie has been one of the leading family law attorneys and mediators in the country for more than 30 years and is an international expert in online mediation. She has trained over 22,000 professionals in the ethical and practical considerations in transitioning to a virtual practice since creating her innovative Learn to Mediate Online® Program.  In 2020, Susan and legal legend, Forrest “Woody” Mosten, partnered together to found the Mosten Guthrie Academy to provide top-of-the-line training for mediators and collaborative professionals in a virtual format  globally.  Susan’s award-winning podcast, The Divorce & Beyond Podcast, is one of the top 1.5 % of podcasts worldwide, and she is known to millions of listeners around the world as the “divorce voice you can trust!”  Susan is admitted to practice law in California, Connecticut, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Game-Changing Consultation: How to Get More Clients and Grow the Mediation Practice of Your Dreams

Facilitated by Michael Aurit

Strategically building your initial consultation is central to realizing the mediation practice of your dreams. You can dramatically increase the number of clients who move forward with you by perfecting your consultation.

Once you’ve developed an initial consultation that has dynamic content and an engaging tone, you are ready to grow all aspects of your practice that are based upon the same principles.

This workshop will take you inside the highly successful initial consultation developed by The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation. Michael will reveal a detailed roadmap showing you exactly how to structure your consultation, what topics to cover, and in the most effective order, and how to strategically communicate to your clients your mediation process, in order to build trust, provide hope and relief, and inspire clients to hire you as their mediator.

Additionally, your carefully crafted consultation can lay a foundation for a more effective mediation process by strategically pre-empting conflict, reducing conflict, and anchoring the process in concepts that help your clients reach their best possible agreements.

About Michael

Michael Aurit helps aspiring and experienced mediators reach their greatest potential. He is a nationally respected professional mediator, prominent mediation trainer, and inspiring thought leader. As Director and Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Arizona, he has helped thousands of people resolve their divorce and child custody issues in a healthier way. Michael teaches mediation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law and Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He served as President of The Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) from 2019 to 2021, where he provided future-focused leadership through the pandemic and championed the embrace of online mediation. He currently serves as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators.

Michael provides mediation training and private business coaching as Director and Co-Founder of The National Mediation Training Institute (NMTI), an online training center of excellence based on the belief that becoming a master mediator doesn’t have to take a lifetime. NMTI takes a strengths-based approach, rooted in core values and beliefs, highly focused techniques, and artful strategies to develop masterful mediators. In collaboration with Mediate.com, Michael and Karen Aurit host and produce “Inside the Mediation Room with Michael and Karen Aurit”, a live, monthly, leading-edge podcast where the world’s most renowned mediators discuss the magic of mediation.

Michael earned his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Pepperdine University School of Law, and his Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution (MDR) from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He sang his way through his Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. Michael lives in Phoenix, Arizona with the loves of his life- his wife Karen, and their daughters, Daniella and Eliana.

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