Town Hall Series: COVID-19 Won’t Stop Family Mediators

We hope you enjoy our six free, two-hour Town Hall Live Streaming events, titled “COVID-19 Won’t Stop Family Mediators, held between March 27 and May 29, 2020, and co-sponsored with Mediate.com. Recordings of each Town Hall are available below.

 

Past Town Hall Events

Part 1: Online Mediation Nuts and Bolts

Recorded March 27 , 2020

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View Town Hall Chat #1 here.

Description: Family mediators must immediately adapt to a world where mediation needs to occur online. Our panel addressed technical aspects of moving a family mediation practice online. Topics include technology solutions related to breakout room, document sharing and other capabilities, as well as other essential considerations for effective mediation online.

Host: Michael Aurit

Michael Aurit is President of The Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Co-Founder of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in Arizona and California. *Biography provided for purposes of verifying Continuing Education credits in your state, if necessary.

Panel:

  • Jim Melamed
  • Amanda Singer
  • Max Markin
  • Clare Fowler
  • Justin Kelsey
  • Barry Davis

Please inquire via email to [email protected] to obtain the attendance certificate code.

Part 2: Mediating Family Issues Related to COVID-19

Recorded April 3, 2020

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View Town Hall Chat #2 here.

Description: To maintain excellent services, divorce mediators must understand the unique challenges facing families during this time. We may embrace creative solutions to meet the needs of spouses, parents, children and entire families who need help resolving conflict. Our panel will address unique approaches to substantive issues caused by COVID-19, as well as techniques and considerations for mediating these issues online.

Host: Michael Aurit

Panel:

  • Steve Erickson
  • Marilyn McKnight
  • Jim Melamed
  • Forrest “Woody” Mosten
  • Ken Neumann
  • Don Saposnek
  • Amanda Singer

The attendance certificate code is spoken aloud during Town Hall Part 2.

Part 3: Marketing Online Divorce and Family Mediation

Recorded April 10, 2020

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View Town Hall Chat #3 here.

Description: As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, family mediation, like so many other enterprises, has been compelled to do business online. While the public is required to stay at home and practice social distancing, how can you most effectively market to potential clients who need mediation services but are not able to meet with you in person? What are the differences between marketing an in-person versus online practice? What special tools should you be using and what special marketing activities should you be engaging in right now to reach new and existing clients? Are these changes simply temporary, or is mediation marketing changed for good? Our trailblazing panel will address these and many other pertinent and timely questions.

Host: Michael Aurit

Panel:

  • Jim Melamed
  • Amanda Singer
  • Justin Kelsey
  • Barry Davis
  • Woody Mosten
  • Rebecca Neale
  • Julie Gentili Armbrust

The attendance certificate code is spoken aloud during Town Hall Part 3.

Part 4: Cutting Edge Ideas for Parenting Plans Affected by COVID-19

Recorded May 1, 2020

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View Town Hall Chat #4 here.

Description: Family mediators are being challenged to “think outside the box” for creative solutions to parenting plan issues arising from the limitations related to COVID-19. Our panel of experts on parenting mediation will brainstorm new ideas for parenting plans, on a range of pressing issues, including:

  • Temporary modifications of parenting-time schedules;
  • Periodic reviews of temporary modifications;
  • Feasibility of future “Make-up” parenting time;
  • Consequences of working and schooling from home;
  • Transferring children from one parent to the other;
  • Hygiene rules at both parents’ houses;
  • Establishing boundaries to minimize virus exposure;
  • Children’s in-person contact with “at-risk” loved ones;
  • What to do if a parent or child becomes ill.

Host: Michael Aurit

Panel:

  • Robin Deutsch
  • Bill Eddy
  • Larry Fong
  • Hilary Linton
  • Ken Neumann
  • Don Saposnek

The attendance certificate code is spoken aloud during Town Hall Part 4.

Part 5: Screening Online for Domestic Violence

Recorded May 15, 2020.

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View Town Hall Chat #5 here.

Host: Michael Aurit

Panelists:

  • Connie Beck
  • Sue Bronson
  • Robin Deutsch
  • Elizabeth Hyde
  • Marilyn McKnight
  • Ellen Waldorf

 

The attendance certificate code is spoken aloud during Town Hall Part 5.

Part 6: Mediating Financial Issues Online During This Unprecedented Economic Crisis

Recorded May 29, 2020.

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Description: Our experienced panelists have mediated a high volume of cases involving complex financial issues in the context of COVID-19. What sorts of solutions have worked, in order to display financial information during online mediation? How has the online disclosure process worked? How do you mediate in the midst of severe financial distress and uncertainty?

We will consider these questions and more, in this final two-hour COVID-19-related Town Hall, available for free to the family mediation community.

Host: Michael Aurit

Panelists:

  • Laury Adams
  • Lani Baron
  • Robert Bordett
  • Kristyn Carmichael
  • Justin Kelsey
  • Chip Rose
  • Amanda Singer

The attendance certificate code is spoken aloud during Town Hall Part 6.

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