Family Mediation Training & Events Calendar

On this calendar APFM lists only training programs that are relevant for family mediators. We recommend taking a training program about mediation fundamentals and skills before attending a program focused on using mediation skills in work with families.

Listing a program on the calendar does not imply that APFM endorses the qualifications of the trainer or the quality of the training except where it is explicitly stated that APFM’s Training Committee has approved the trainers and the program.

Below the list of calendared events you will find online training opportunities available any time.

Interested in Placing your Training on this Calendar?

We’ll need the information below. You can either complete the form at the end of this page or send information to [email protected] in the following format:

  • ​Date
  • Location
  • Title of program
  • Number of hours
  • Trainer(s)
  • Organization presenting the program
  • Brief description of program
  • Email for inquiries
  • Phone number for inquiries
  • Website address for more information

APFM members may list their professional family mediation training programs at no charge. For others, the cost is $39 per event listing.


  • Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training
    September 29, 2021
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern
  • Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training
    September 30, 2021
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern
  • Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training
    October 1, 2021
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern

Location: Virtual Trainers: Betsy Ross, LICSW, CGP David Consigli, CPA, ABV Beth L. Aarons, JD, MSW Gina Arons, Psy.D. Dawn Effron, J.D. Susan M. DeMatteo, M. Ed, J.D. Jeffrey Fink, JD Jennifer Hawthorne, Esq. Justin Kelsey, J.D. Karen J. Levitt, J.D. Michelle M. Raymond, J.D. Karen Van Kooy Kim Whelan Organization Presenting the Program: Massachusetts (more…)


  • Pet Custody (5 Hours)
    September 29, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern

Location: Online Trainers: Karis Nafte, Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, Accredited International Family Mediator, Professional Dog Trainer Organization Presenting the Program: Karis Nafte, Pet Custody Specialist Description: This in-depth 3 part webinar series will give attendees practical, accessible and insightful tools to apply in divorce cases involving pets. Designed specifically for mediators who would like to (more…)

Event Phone: (617) 621-7009 x29


  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 20, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 22, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 27, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 29, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    November 3, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    November 5, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern

Location: Online Trainers: Arline Kardasis and Crystal Thorpe Description:  Presented by Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC – A team of experienced mediators who work with seniors and their families to address conflicts that arise in elder care and family decision-making. This online program teaches mediators specialized skills and techniques for working with seniors and/or (more…)

Event Phone: 212-799-4302


  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    October 22, 2021
    5:45 am - 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    October 23, 2021
    5:45 am - 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    October 24, 2021
    5:45 am - 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    November 6, 2021
    5:45 am - 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    November 7, 2021
    5:45 am - 3:00 pm Eastern

Location: Online Organization Presenting the Program: The Center for Mediation & Training Description: 40 CLEs 39 CEUs, Part 146 approved for 40 Hours. Our Basic Trainings in Divorce Mediation offers a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of divorce mediation. This 40-hour training covers legal, financial, and emotional issues that are common to the (more…)

Event Phone: 416-593-0210


  • Advanced Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
    October 25, 2021
    6:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Advanced Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
    October 26, 2021
    6:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastern

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Online) Trainers: Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC Jared Norton, M.S.W., RSW. Organization Presenting the Program: Riverdale Mediation Ltd. Description: This interactive two-day workshop explores more advanced aspects of the of the Parenting Coordination (PC) process. It will assist professionals to identify challenging characteristics of high conflict (more…)

Event Phone: 405-569-3105


  • Family and Divorce Mediation Training - Fall (40 Hours)
    November 5, 2021
    6:00 am - 4:00 pm Eastern

Location: Online Trainer: Dr. Rob Keiter Organization Presenting the Program: Keiter Mediation LLC Description: Learn essential conflict resolution skills for becoming a family mediator. The financial, legal, psychological, and procedural dynamics of divorce mediation are explained and then experienced through role plays. Registration is open to anyone wanting to become a family & divorce mediator (more…)


  • FDR 2021 Conference
    November 15, 2021
    8:45 am - 6:00 pm Eastern

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Virtual) Trainers/Speakers: Keynote Speaker: Martha McCarthy Sara Cohen Kelly D. Jordan Ian M. Hull Kayla Viau Afsana Gibson-Chowdhury Raheena Dahya Ebrar Nizami Cathryn Paul Joe Hilton Julie Gill Colin Rule Aneez Khanani Ashif Somani Dr. Linda Ennis Bronwen Bruch John Panagakos Stephen Rosenfield Jordan Rumanek Anthony D’Angelo Neil Maisel Catherine Wong (more…)

Event Phone: 405-569-3105


  • Advanced Mediation Training - Winter (7 Hours)
    December 3, 2021
    6:30 am - 2:00 pm Eastern

Location: Online Trainer: Dr. Rob Keiter Organization Presenting the Program: Keiter Mediation LLC Description: Advanced Mediation Training takes place on Zoom. This dynamic and interactive course will help you take your mediation skills and practice to the next level. Advanced Mediation Training meets the continuing education mediation training requirements of the District Court Mediation Act (more…)

Online Trainings

The following trainings are available online any time.

Dealing with Gatekeeper Parents (1.5 hours)

Trainer: Donald T. Saposnek

This 1.5-hour course describes the current research on Gatekeeper parents, who present unique challenges to divorce professionals. Gatekeeping behaviors range on a continuum from facilitative gatekeeping (encouraging the other parent to spend time with their child) to restrictive gatekeeping (sabotaging and preventing the other parent from spending time with their child). The unique underlying intrapsychic, interpersonal, and larger systemic dynamics of Gatekeeping behaviors are elaborated and illustrated. Then, specific strategies for effectively managing Gatekeeper parents are discussed.

More information is here.

Creative Core Financial Solutions: Facilitating Client-Centered Success (3 hours)

Trainer: Chip Rose

This course presents a client-centered approach to considering the many financial issues of divorce.  The instructor takes on the predictable and challenging personas and issues that present themselves in divorce and offers practical, hard won suggestions for resolving the most common and most difficult issues of property division, child and spousal support, tax and other divorce financial issues.

More information is here.

Maximizing Mediation: An Experienced Mediator’s Favorite Techniques (1.5 hours)

Trainer: James C. Melamed

In this course, a highly experienced mediator shares his favorite techniques and strategies to help participants through the mediation process.  This includes presentation of concepts associated with “Maximizing Mediation,” Framing, Question Forms, Rapport Development, Resource States, Strategic Approaches, De-positioning and Integrative Negotiation.

More information is here.

APFM Panel: Perspectives and Insights of Experienced Divorce Mediators

Featuring Donna Petrucelli, Jim Melamed, Chip Rose, Don Saposnek, Amanda Singer. Moderated by Michael Aurit.

This session features a panel of seasoned and engaging leading divorce mediators. Complete with audience Q&A, and moderated by Michael Aurit, the esteemed panel considers the many critical questions facing today’s and tomorrow’s divorce mediators.

More information is here.

Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience: Level One (20 Hours)

Florida State University | Learning For Life

Florida State University has launched a new online curriculum for a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience: Level One. The curriculum was developed by the Clearinghouse on Trauma & Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies in the College of Social Work. The curriculum enables professionals to develop the knowledge and skills they need to understand the impact of adult and child trauma, along with the keys to resilience. Participants will learn crucial information to improve service delivery to clients, students, human services recipients, patients, and other members of the public.

More information is here.

4 Game-Changing Tips To Build Your Divorce Mediation Practice (1.5 hours)

Trainer: Michael Aurit

Whether you are just opening the doors of your divorce mediation practice, or you have been a professional family mediator for many years, implementing these 4 Game-Changing Tips with potential clients can be game-changers for developing your more successful mediation practice. Partnering with Mediate.com, this program shares the details of The Aurit Center For Divorce Mediation’s positive results from utilizing these modern approaches to practice building.  In addition to improving client retention, these approaches can work to maximize the success of substantive outcomes in mediation, as each “game-changer” is rooted in developing increased trust with potential clients. The course is divided into 4 sections: (1) Developing your brand is everything; (2) First impressions matter – i.e. make your office awesome; (3) Give a strategic, structured yet flexible initial consultation; (4) Make your Agreement To Mediate a Star!

More information is here.

APFM Training Calendar Submission Form

To request a listing on APFM’s Training Calendar, please fill out the form below. There is no charge for APFM members. The cost for non-members is $39 per event listing.

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