Family Mediation Training Calendar


On this calendar APFM lists only training programs that are relevant for family mediators. We do list basic mediation training programs. We recommend taking a basic fundamentals and skills class before attending a program focused on using basic 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.

March 2017

March 1-3 and 8-10

San Rafael CA

Mediation Training

Trainer: Steven Rosenberg A dynamic interactive, 40-hour professional training program utilizing simulations, coaching, lectures and demonstrations. To see what prior participants have to say about this training visit our website:


Phone: (415) 383-5544


March 1 – 3 and 9 – 10

Medford OR

Fundamentals of Mediation

This interactive training includes theory and practice in interest-based negotiation and provides the tools needed to intervene when conflict arises in your community, at work, or at home. Mediation is a growing field, increasingly recognized as a best practice for resolving conflict. As a participant, you will benefit from individualized coaching from our instructors and coaches who have decades of mediation and training experience. Who Should Attend? The program is ideal for managers, supervisors, attorneys, paralegals, social workers, public officials, educators, parents, human resource professionals, and anyone seeking to gain advanced skills and experience in conflict management and resolution. Participants who complete this course will be qualified as civil mediators and be eligible to volunteer with Resolve.


Phone: (541) 770-2468

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March 3 – 5 and March 11 – 12

Sante Fe, NM

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Trainer: Debra Oliver The curriculum includes:

  • Essential communication skills
  • Fundamentals of negotiation
  • In-depth treatment of the stages of mediation
  • Ethical standards for mediators
  • Actual case histories
  • Clarification of various Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques
  • Foundations of case management
  • Role play and coaching
  • Post-training mentoring via phone consultation

Registration deadline: February 6, 2017

Phone: (505) 983-3344

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March 3, 4, 5, 11 , 12, and 21

Santa Fe NM

Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)

The curriculum includes: Essential communication skills, fundamentals of negotiation, in-depth treatment of the stages of mediation, ethical standards for mediators, actual case histories, clarification of various Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques, foundations of case management, role play, and coaching, post-training mentoring via phone consultation.


Phone: (505) 983-3344

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March 8 – 11, 2017

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma Family and Divorce Mediation Training

Trainer: Jim Stovall, The Mediation Institute The financial, legal, social, psychological, and procedural dynamics of divorce mediation are explained and then experienced in mock mediations. This training includes an examination of Oklahoma family law and its impact upon the mediation of domestic subjects such as divorce, property division, custody, visitation, grandparent and elder care issues. This course meets the training requirements of the Oklahoma District Court Mediation Act.


Phone: (888) 607-8914

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March 13 – 16

Dallas, TX

Basic Mediation Training (40 hours)

Mediators of Texas: Institute of Mediation Training

Email: Phone: (512)966-9222 Website:

March 13 – 17, 2017

Bloomington, MN

40 Hour Client-Centered Divorce Mediation Training

Trainers: Marilyn McKnight and Steve Erickson Our training teaches a client-centered model of mediation which is used extensively throughout the mediation field by professional mediators who facilitate a process of resolving conflict and decision-making based on clients’ creativity and their own sense of fairness.


Phone: (952) 835-3688

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March 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24

Lexington, Massachusetts

Divorce Mediation Training

Trainers: John A. Fiske and Diane Neumann Since 1989 we have provided this introductory 40-hour divorce mediation training to over 1,000 trainees in Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Connecticut. We emphasize role plays and the development of mediation skills. We are the first training program to be approved by the APFM and are pleased that 8 of our trainees have become probate and family court judges and that several retired probate court judges have also taken our training.


Phone: (617) 354-7133

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March 20 – 23

Toronto, ON

Family Law (21/30 hours)

Trainers: Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde with guest speakers An accessible and engaging overview of Ontario family law, this course is designed for anyone seeking to become an accredited family mediator, parenting coordinator or arbitrator, who does not have a family law background. The primary purpose of the course to learn how to ensure that clients understand the legal implications of any potential settlement options.


Phone: (416) 593-0210

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March 27-29

Round Rock, TX

Advanced Family Mediation Class

Trainers: Barbara Ann Allen JD, Char Wittenberg DPA, NCC, Savannah Lester, AMD The Advanced Family Mediation Course – Prerequisite: Basic Mediation Course Is a 3-day intensive (8:00-6:00) 30-hour training fulfilling the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act requirements for mediators doing court-ordered family mediation and following the standards set by the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable. The sessions include family law, family dynamics, domestic violence, child development, ethical and practical considerations and finances in family cases. This course meets the standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable as required by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Course materials will be provided. Working lunches all three days. Price $800.00 There is a $50.00 Discount for participants who took our basic class.


Phone: (512) 966-9222

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March 27 – 31

San Rafael, California

Essentials of Meditation & Divorce Meditation

Trainers: Nancy J. Foster, J.D. and Jessica Notini, J.D. The curriculum includes learning to mediate with skill & heart. Two dynamic master mediators share their knowledge, experience & philosophies about guiding parties to better understanding & durable resolutions. Practical skill-building grounded in theory & research. Lectures, demonstrations, exercises & role plays. Extensive manual with forms included. 5-, 3- or 2-day training.

Email: Phone: (415) 461-6392 More information:

Phone: (415) 461-6392 More information:

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To register:   Early registration discounted fees available.

March 31 – April 2

Memphis, TN

APFM 2017 Annual Conference: Professional Family Mediation from A to Z


April 2017

April 24, 25 & 26

Toronto, ON

Screening for Family Violence, Abuse and Power Imbalances (21 Hours)

Trainers: Hilary Linton (LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM, Cert. F.M.) Elizabeth Hyde (B.Ed., LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM)  Understanding the sources of negotiation power is critical for effective family mediation, collaborative practice and negotiation. This course is mandatory for family arbitrators and parenting coordinators, and must be repeated every 5 years unless you have done 10 cases in that time. The course is also for mediators seeking accreditation. Speakers, co-trainers, skilled coaches and professional actors supplement the lectures. 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.


Phone: (416)593-0210

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May 2017

May 1 –  5

Chattanooga, Tennessee

46-hour Family Mediator

Trainers:  Carol Berz and Terry Croghan  A fast-paced 40-hour course that teaches basic mediation knowledge, skills and techniques. Through interactive lecture, participants will learn law and ethics relative to mediation and how to participate competently in the mediation process as a mediator and/or a mediation advocate. Participants will develop mediative and other collaborative problem-solving skills through peer exchange, group exercise and evaluative role plays. [Meets the academic requirement for TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Listing and is approved in other states upon request] 


Phone: (423)266-4050

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May 11 – 12; May 15-17

Toronto, ON

Family Mediation Skills (40 Hours)

Trainers: Hilary Linton (LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM, Cert. F.M.) Elizabeth Hyde (B.Ed., LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM)  This comprehensive, role-play based five-day workshop features experienced mediators, professional actors, experienced coaches and expert guest speakers. It includes both basic and advanced level skills training and is designed to partially meet the certification requirements of the OAFM, FDRIO and ADRIO.


Phone: (416)593-0210

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May 25

Toronto, ON

10-Hour Update – for Family Arbitrators, DROs, Mediators and Parenting Coordinators: How to Identify, Assess and Manage Risk in Your FDR Practice

Trainers: Hilary Linton (LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM, Cert. F.M.) Elizabeth Hyde (B.Ed., LL.B., LL.M., Acc. FM) This intensive, case-study based program provides the bi-annual training required by the Ministry of the Attorney General for family arbitrators. It also is designed for Dispute Resolution Officers and senior mediators. Participants will learn: What are the predictors of risk?; Culture and Power Imbalance in FDR practice; Screening in court-connected mediation, med-arb and collaborative practice; demonstration and role play of a screening/intake interview, and more. This program has been accredited for 3.0 Professionalism Hours and is eligible for up to 7.0 hours of Substantive Content.


Phone: (416)593-0210

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To request a listing on this calendar

please fill out this form. Beginning on or about 4/1/16, the cost will be $49 per event listing. APFM members receive a $20 discount on each listing. As we launch this calendar (January 2017), there will be no fee for listing professional mediation training programs here if they occur during January, February, or March 2017.

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