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.

Event Phone: 212-799-4302


  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    July 24, 2021
    8:45 am - 6:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    July 25, 2021
    8:45 am - 6:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    July 30, 2021
    8:45 am - 6:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours)
    July 31, 2021
    8:45 am - 6:00 pm Eastern

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 divorce process. (more…)

Event Phone: (617) 621-7009 x29


  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    July 28, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    July 30, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern

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 adult (more…)

Event Phone: 405-569-3105


  • Advanced Mediation Training - Summer (7 Hours)
    August 6, 2021
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

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 for court-approved (more…)


  • Part III: THE SOUL OF THE MEDIATOR
    August 19, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern

Experienced professional family mediation trainers worldwide unite for this enlightening three-part APFM Town Hall exposé on the family mediator’s inner self, our beliefs about foundational mediation issues, and the principles that inspire our work in a post-pandemic world. We will explore: Our Collective Mission Our Thought Process Our Guiding Values And Goals Our Roles And (more…)

Event Phone: 416-593-0210


  • Family Law (30 Hours)
    September 9, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
  • Family Law (30 Hours)
    September 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
  • Family Law (30 Hours)
    September 13, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
  • Family Law (30 Hours)
    September 14, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med. Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC (plus guest speakers, and pre-recorded content) Organization Presenting the Program: Riverdale Mediation Ltd. Description: An accessible and engaging overview of Ontario family law, this course (more…)

Event Phone: 416-593-0210


  • Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
    September 13, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
  • Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)
    September 14, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 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 the fundamentals of the Parenting Coordination (PC) process. It will assist professionals to understand the elements of the PC process, define the PC’s (more…)

Event Phone: 416-593-0210


  • 10-Hour Update on Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalances and Risk In FDR
    September 24, 2021
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm Eastern

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med. Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC Organization Presenting the Program: Riverdale Mediation Ltd. Description: This one-day intensive program is designed to provide the bi-annual training on “screening for power imbalances” in (more…)

Event Phone: (617) 621-7009 x29


  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 6, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 13, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 20, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 23, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 27, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern
  • Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (23 Hours)
    October 30, 2021
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern

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 adult (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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