Family Mediation Training 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.

Online Training

 

Dealing with Gatekeeper Parents (1.5 hours)

Trainer: Donald T. Saposnek

Gatekeeper Parents #APFM2018 - Don SaposnekThis 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 Fiinancial Solutions - Chip Rose #APFM2018Creative 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 - Jim Melamed #APFM2018Maximizing 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

Perspectives and Insights of Experienced Divorce Mediators #APFM2018Featuring 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.
 

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.

 

January 2019

January 19, 11:00 – 12:30 PST

Online via Zoom.com

Private Preliminary Planning Sessions (PPP): Preempting conflict and helping clients to be at their best 

Class and Case Consultations

Trainer: Woody Mosten

In the first half of this exclusive online class, Woody Mosten will show mediators how better to meet the needs of mediation clients by first meeting with each party separately, to prepare them to negotiate constructively and effectively with each other. In the second half of the session, Woody will invite participants to share difficult issues in their cases. He will provide expert consultation and help participants to get to the next level in their development as professional family mediators.

More info is here. 

January 24, 12:30 – 1:30PM EST

Online via Zoom.com

Webinar: Asking Good Questions 

Trainer: Michael Lang

A prominent family mediator once mused that the perfect mediation would be one in which we only asked questions.  The idea behind this provocative statement is that our task is to help parties communicate constructively with one another.  This may seem a radical thing to say, but the mediation is about them, not us. Questions encourage parties to share their experiences, perceptions, ideas, interests, information, disagreements, and proposals.  Among other benefits, questions help them present information not previously disclosed, clarify what may already be known, uncover interests underlying their proposals, invite self-reflection, and assess alternatives. Using lists of questions and practice examples, you will learn how to select the right question, at the right moment, for the right purpose, to obtain the best outcome.

More info is  here. 

January 25-26; & February 9-10

New York, NY

Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (40 Hours) 

Trainers: Steve Abel, Ada Hasloecher, & Ken Neumann

Our 40 hour Basic Training offers an introduction to the emotional, legal, and financial problems of divorce, as well as an overview of fundamental mediation theories and techniques. Didactic instruction is balanced with extensive role-playing exercises, case studies, and opportunities for Q&A. Our interdisciplinary staff draws from their diverse professional backgrounds, offering unique perspectives that enrich the training experience. We focus on the “private practice model” and offer ongoing support to our trainees while they develop as professional mediators. In addition to the basics outlined above, this training will cover some common tax issues, the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the challenges of working with different kinds of retirement plans. 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212-799-4302

More information can be found here.

 

February 2019

February 3

New York, NY

Advanced Workshop: Drafting Separation Agreements for Non-Attorney Mediators and New Lawyers

Trainer: Steve Abel

Working from a complete and very detailed sample agreement, we will focus on when you can shift to plain English and when legalese is a necessity. I will cover basic drafting concepts, and then go through typical clauses for parenting, child support, maintenance, equitable distribution and boilerplate.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212-799-4302

More information can be found here.

February 3, 2019

New York, NY

Advanced Workshop: When You’re in Over Your Head

Trainers: Ken Neumann, and Donna Petrucelli

We all understand what we mean when we say “High Conflict Couples”. These are couples who are argumentative with each other and frequently challenge the mediator’s attempts at facilitating a civil, productive dialogue between the parties. As a result, there are times when we feel that we are at a loss as to how to proceed and structure future mediation sessions—we are in “over our head”. This interactive workshop will explore some of the more challenging situations we face as mediators and give us new tools and interventions. This workshop is not intended for beginning mediators. Participants are invited to submit specific case scenarios in advance of the presentation as we will have a chance to include some of this material in our discussion.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 212-799-4302

More information can be found here.

February 5 – February 9

San Diego, CA

Basic Family Meditation Training (40 hours)

Trainers: Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Dr. Mary Lund, and Lara Traum

This uniquely designed training is a favorite for both beginners and experienced mediators, as well as lawyers, mental health, and financial professionals. It includes a solid overview of skills and concepts and is based on cutting edge scholarship in the field.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 310-721-4291

More info is here. 

February 12 – February 14

Toronto, ON

Screening for Power Imbalances Including Family Violence (21 hours)

Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med., and 
Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

Case studies, role plays and exercises are designed to teach family law professionals how to identify, assess and manage risk and power imbalances in their practices. Participants will learn how to understand all sources of negotiation power and how they affect the parties, how to recognize different
types of family violence, safety planning and referrals to supportive resources, best screening practices in family arbitration, and more. 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270

More info is here. 

February 18 – February 22

Chicago, IL 

Divorce Mediation Training (40 hours)

Trainers: Sandra Crawford & Margaret S. Powers 

Learn to facilitate mediation and help divorcing couples reach agreement on issues such as child custody and parenting plans, asset and debt distribution, alimony, and child support.

Email: [email protected]edu

Phone: 312-503-2579

More information is here.

February 28, – March 1, 4, 5 & 6

Toronto, ON

Basic Family Mediation: Theory & Skills (40 Hours) 

Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med., and Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

This intensive five-day program is designed to provide the fundamentals of family mediation. Featuring experienced mediators and academics in conflict theory and analysis; seminal readings about conflict, disputing and mediation; role plays; case studies; exercises; class discussion; take-home assignments;
and extensive resource information.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270

More info is here. 

 

March 2019

March 1 – March 2

San Diego, CA

Effective Interdisciplinary Teamwork 

Trainers: Forrest (Woody) Mosten and Dr. Constance Ahrons

This training focuses on the how teams can be effective for families in mediation and collaborative practice. Participants will learn the foundations for forming a team and implementing teamwork based on successful team models from other fields and practical experience in the family field. 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 310-721-4291

More info is here. 

March 3 – March 5

Chicago, IL

Advanced Training in Personality Disorders in Legal Disputes: Understanding, Managing, Treating, and Setting Limits

Trainer: Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

AFCC

This two-day program will examine the diagnostic criteria and conflict dynamics of five personality disorders increasingly present in legal disputes: borderline, narcissistic, antisocial, paranoid, and histrionic. Participants will discuss methods of managing clients with these disorders, individually and in joint sessions, including decision-making, mental health treatment of these disorders, and setting limits in courtrooms, mediation, and other settings.

Email:  [email protected]

Phone:  (608) 664-3750

More info is here.

March 28 – 29; & April 4 – 5

Greenbelt, MD

Cross-Border Family Mediation Training – Parenting Plans (30 Hours) 

Trainers: Melissa A. Kucinski

Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

This 30-hour advanced training course will provide knowledge to family mediators who are interested in how to address cross-border issues that arise in crafting parenting plans. This course will help family mediators spot potential cross- border issues that require additional discussion and consideration between the parents, and help the family mediators to have a more sophisticated understanding of how to approach these complex situations. The course will cover the legal and practical aspects of international custody, child relocation, and child abduction that may arise when a family’s background includes more than one jurisdiction.

Email: [email protected]earthlink.net 

Phone: (301)-313-0800

More info is here. 

 

April 2019

April 11, 12, 15, 16 & 17

Toronto, ON

Family Arbitration Law & Skills (40 Hours) 

Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med. Brahm D. Siegel, and Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

This 40 hour, highly interactive, role-play based course is designed to meet the requirements for the FDRP Arb (Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration) and FDRP PC (Certified Specialist in Parenting Coordination) designations offered by FDRIO. It is critical for parenting coordinators and family
arbitrators to have solid grasp of arbitration law and procedure. In this practical and in-depth course, students will learn: Arbitration Act, 1991, Family Arbitration Regulation, Family Law Act, and the family arbitration process, Preparing a Family Arbitration Agreement, Conducting the arbitration hearing, and more.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270

More info is here. 

 

May 2019

May 6 & 7/8, 2019

Toronto, ON

Family Relations (14/21 Hours) 

Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med.
Brahm D. Siegel, and Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC.

The Family Relations Course is an intensive two-day (FDRIO) or three-day (OAFM) course designed to meet new standards of accreditation for Family Mediator designation. The course is required for all non-mental health professionals. The course is designed to provide additional theory, understanding, and skills to address complex intimate partner and family related issues, and mental health issues, which are present in Family Mediation. The course combines lecture, individual and group exercises, multimedia, and case examples.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270 

More info is here. 

May 6 & 20

Online on May 6; San Francisco, CA on May 20

International Cross-Border Family Mediation Training

Trainer: Melissa Kucinski 

UC Hastings School of Law Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 

This program is open to family mediators who want to advance their mediation skills to work more productively with families where cross-border parenting issues arise. This training will help family mediators spot potential issues that require additional discussion and consideration between the parents, and help the mediator have a more sophisticated understanding of how to approach these complex multi-jurisdictional situations.  The training will cover the legal and practical aspects of international custody, child relocation, and child abduction that may arise when a family’s background includes more than one jurisdiction. This 2-day training will be held in two parts.  Part 1 will take place on May 6, which consist of a online training that will provide a solid foundation for a mediator’s multi-jurisdictional family practice and cover fundamental issues, such as different models and styles of cross-border family mediation used globally, legal frameworks, and building a network to help mediators with these complex cases.  Part 2 will be held in-person at the UC Hastings Law School campus in San Francisco on May 20, 2019, and will cover discussions on advanced mediation skills, addressing power imbalances, implicit biases, mediator self-awareness, cross-cultural issues, the role of children in international mediations, and using technology to facilitate a multi-jurisdictional mediation session. Part 2 will include hands-on exercises.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 415-581-8941

More info is here. 

 

May 13 – 15

Toronto, ON

Advanced Family Mediation (21 Hours) 

Trainers: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med.
Brahm D. Siegel, and Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC.

This role-play based three-day workshop features experienced mediators, experienced coaches and expert guest speakers. It will focus on advanced level skills training and is designed to partially meet the certification requirements of the OAFM, FDRIO and ADRIO. Through lectures, group discussion, video
demonstrations, guest speakers, readings, role plays and one-on-one coaching you will learn advanced strategies and skills for persuasive negotiation, advanced skills for effective mediation, Preparing DIVORCEmate reports and NFP Statement reports, and more.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270

More info is here. 

 

June 2019

June 7 – June 8

San Diego, CA

Collaboratively Representing Clients in Mediation and in Pre-Marital Agreements

Trainer: Forrest (Woody) Mosten

This training is for mediators, lawyers, and other collaborative professionals who want to maximize client centered decision making in mediation and in building pre-marital agreements. Many family lawyers treat mediation as the next step of the litigation process and import adversarial negotiations into mediation rather than as a safe impartial container to resolve all disputed issues. This course will show how the disqualification clause can be successfully used by mediators and lawyers to reduce the chance of premature termination when the going gets tough.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 310-721-4291 

More info is here.

 

July 2019

 

August 2019

 

September 2019

September 6 

San Diego, CA

Confidential Expert Parenting and Financial Evaluations in Mediation and Other Negotiations (4 hours) 

Trainer: Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Despite good lawyering or the efforts of a caring trained mediator, parties may reach impasse in their negotiations. They may need the evaluative opinion of an expert to help them move toward settlement. Based on Woody Mosten’s articles on Confidential Mini-Evaluations (CME) published in 1993 and 2011 and protocols developed in his mediation practice, this workshop will show you how to set up and utilize a CME in both child custody and complex financial matters.

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 310-721-4291

More info is here.  

September 12-13 

Toronto, ON

Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours) 

Trainers: Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC, and Jared Norton, M.S.W., RSW.

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 scope of authority, differentiate the PC role from other related roles, establish a clear, effective PC contract,
Implement effective techniques to identify, assess and manage power imbalances including family violence, and more.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 27 

More info is here. 

September 27 – September 28

San Diego, CA

Building A Successful (and Profitable) Collaborative and Mediation Practice

Trainer: Forrest (Woody) Mosten and Adam Cordover

This two-day workshop is designed for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals with a variety of backgrounds (lawyers, mental health, financial and other professionals, business persons, and clergy) who have private practices or wish to open up their own practice. The course employs a cutting-edge interactive curriculum to help participants grow their dispute resolution practices and increase their financial profitability as mediators, negotiators, and mediation advocates, working in interdisciplinary teams. It includes information about how to market and manage your practice.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 310-721-4291

More info is here.

 

October 2019

October 7-8

Toronto, ON

Advanced Parenting Coordination (14 Hours) 

Trainers: Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC, and Jared Norton, M.S.W., RSW.

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 parents and techniques for working effectively with them, interventions in the PC process for visitation resistance and refusal, the role of the PC in families with disputes about the parenting of infants and toddlers, practical hands-on tools for identifying, assessing and managing seemingly intractable conflict, and more.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210, ext. 270

More info is here. 

 

November 2019

November 15 – November 16

San Diego, CA

Advanced Mediation Skills

Trainer: Forrest (Woody) Mosten

This 2-day course is designed for mediators who have already completed at least 30 hours of training in a basic family mediation course.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 310-721-4291

More info is here.

 

December 2019

 

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