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APFM 2021

A New Beginning:

Reimagining the Art and Science of Family Mediation

Schedule at a Glance

This conference schedule is subject to change.

All times listed are Eastern Time.

For the main Conference, a total of 13.5 hours of CEUs  for Mental Health Professionals are pending approval but expected for all presentations. 

Each preconference Workshop is anticipated to be eligible for 3 hours of CEUs.

Attendees will be able to purchase these CEUs during or shortly after the conference via an online portal provided by our CEU partner, R. Cassidy Seminars.

We do not require you to pre-register for any individual Conference session. Prior to the commencement of the Conference, we will send registrants an email with information and Zoom links for each session, so that you will be able to access any live session. Each Conference session will be recorded and the recordings made available to registrants after the Conference concludes.

In contrast, registrants of the Pre-Conference Workshops (for which attendance is limited) must choose the Workshop(s) they plan to attend live.

Thursday, October 15Pre-Conference Workshops
12 noon - 3:00pmMoving from Code Blue to a Signed Settlement Agreement: Late Stage Mediation Surgical Strategies
Presented by Forrest "Woody" Mosten
12 noon - 3:00pmExcellence in Mediation is not an Accident: It Takes Practice
Presented by Michael Lang
With Laurel Amaya, Kristyn Carmichael, Georgia Daniels, Josh Kraus, Andi Paus, Crystal Thorpe, Tracey-Leigh Wessels
3:30pm - 6:30pmMediation is Easy, Isn't It?
Presented by Chip Rose
3:30pm - 6:30pmStrategic Mediation: A Dynamic Model
Presented by Michael Aurit
With Karen Aurit, Kristyn Carmichael, Sarah Lemley, Jane McWilliams, Andrew Weber
Friday, October 16Conference
9:50am - 10:40amOur Family Wizard Presentation - Matt Havrevold
Improving Outcomes for Families with Structured Co-Parenting Communication
11:00am - 12:45pmWelcoming Plenary - Engaging the New Online Family Mediation Field
Moderated by Michael Aurit
Panelists: Susan Guthrie, Amanda Singer, Justin Kelsey, Robert Benjamin, Donna Petrucelli, Don Saposnek
12:45pm - 1:00pmBreak
1:00pm - 2:30pmSession A1: Family Mediation: Building a Successful Mediation Practice
Moderated by Woody Mosten
Panelists: Stacey Langenbahn, Lara Traum, Stephen Sulmeyer
1:00pm - 2:30pmSession A2: Implicit Bias: When Peacemakers Take Sides, the Power Shifts
Moderated by Darcia Tudor
Panelists: Alice Shikina, Scott Miller, Mikhaila Fendor, Joanna T. Roth
2:40pm - 3:30pm2020 APFM Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Hosted by Michael Aurit
3:30pm - 3:45pmBreak
3:45pm - 5:15pmSession B1: Essential Technology for Effective Online Mediation
Moderated by Susan Guthrie
Panelists: Colin Rule, Simon Boehme, Clare Fowler
3:45pm - 5:15pmSession B2: New Approaches to Mediating Pre-Marital & Marital Agreements
Presented by John Fiske, Ken Neumann, and Chip Rose
5:15pm - 5:30pmBreak
5:30pm - 7:00pmKeynote: Reimagining Family Mediation
Presented by Alyson Carrel and Colin Rule
7:00pm - 8:30pmVirtual Happy Hour
Hosted by Ken Neumann
Saturday, October 17Conference
9:50am - 10:40amSoberlink Presentation: Alcohol Monitoring and Sustainable Parenting Time
Presented by Chris Beck, VP of Business Development Family Law
11:00am - 12:30pmSession C1: International Perspectives on Family Mediation
Moderated by Amanda Singer
Panelists: JLN Murthh, Jacinta Gallant, Suzanne Kingston, Karen O'Leary, Galit Sneh Lurie
11:00am - 12:30pmSession C2: Mediating Pet Issues
Moderated by Lawrence Jones
Panelists: Ken Neumann, Steve Menack, Karis Nafte
12:30pm - 12:45pmBreak
12:45pm - 2:15pmSession D1: Effective Techniques for Screening Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Moderated by Hilary Linton
Panelists: Tina Zhang, Sue Bronson, Amy Holtzworth-Munroe
12:45pm - 2:15pmSession D2: Selling Online Mediation
Moderated by Max Markin
Panelists: Barry Davis, Jim Melamed, Rosemarie Ferrante, Natalie Armstrong-Motin, Sheila Robinson-Kiss
2:15pm - 2:30pmBreak
2:30pm - 4:00pmSession E1: Financial Issues Mediators Can't Afford to Miss
Moderated by Nancy Hetrick
Panelists: Susan Miller, Bob Bordett, Kim Whelan, Suzanne Soderburg
2:30pm - 4:00pmSession E2: High Conflict Personalities in Online Mediation
Moderated by Bill Eddy
Panelists: Michael Lomax, Karen Levitt, Shawn Weber
4:00pm - 4:15pmBreak
4:15pm - 5:45pmSession F1: Advanced Techniques: New Ways of Building Trust Online
Moderated by Jennifer Hawthorne
Panelists: Steve Erickson, Vicki Shemin, Dina Haddad, Betsy Ross
4:15pm - 5:45pmSession F2: Ethical Challenges in Mediating Parenting Plans
Moderated by Marilyn McKnight
Panelists: Kristyn Carmichael, Martin Kranitz, Bill Eddy, Karen Bonnell
5:45pm - 6:00pmBreak
6:00pm - 8:00pmClosing Plenary: The Coming of Age of "Strategic Mediation": Is it Becoming Mainstream?
Moderated by Don Saposnek
Panelists: Michael Aurit, Chip Rose

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