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.

October 2019

October 23, 24, & 25

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. 

November 2019

November 7, 8, 11, 12, & 13

Toronto, ON

Basic Family Mediation: Theory and Skills

Trainer: 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.

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.

November 21

Houston, TX

Arbitration Training (9.5 Hours)

Trainers: Dr. Barbara Manousso, Ph.D., MPH; Lori LaConta, JD, MBA; Constance K. Acosta, J.D.; and Xeres “Zak” Patel, J.D. 

($550) MCLE/CEU 8 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

November 22 & 23 

Houston, TX

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training (20 Hours)

Trainers: Barbara Sunderland Manousso, Ph.D., M.P.H.; George Vroulis, Ph.D.; Frank Fee, Ph.D; James Scott Creighton, Ph.D; Lori LaConta, Esq., MBA; Virginia Lootens, Esq.; Keith Peterson, J.D., CPA; and Melissa Back, J.D.

($600) Specifically discounted for family mediators. MCLE/CEU 20 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

January 2020

January 29, 30, 31, February 1

Houston, TX

Basic Mediation Training (40 Hours)

Trainers: Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, Ph.D., MPH; Melissa Back, J.D.; Lori LaConta, Esq., MBA; Judge Josefina Rendon, J.D.; Dr. J. Scott Creighton; AnaMaris Cousins Price; Joe Bontke, Zak Patel, J.D.; Rita Burns, Ph.D.; Esteban Mayer; Cindy Chilcote, MSW; and Don Tomlinson, J.D.

($975) MCLE/CEU 40 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR, TX, includes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR training)

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

January 30, 31, February 3 & 4 

Toronto, ON

Family Law (21/30 Hours) 

Trainer: 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

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 (remote delivery of live and online content).

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210 ext. 270

More info is here.

March 2020

March 4, 5 & 6, 2020

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.
  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

Description:

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 information here.

 

March 4, 5, 6

Houston, TX

Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training (30 Hours)

Trainers: Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, Ph.D., MPH; Melissa Back, J.D.; Lori LaConta, Esq., MBA; Judge Josefina Rendon, J.D.; Dr. J. Scott Creighton; Zak Patel, J.D.; Patricia Barrett, CFP, CDFA; Esteban Mayer; Cindy Chilcote, MSW; Don Tomlinson, J.D.; and Randall Butler, J.D.

($795) MCLE/CEU 30 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

 

March 6

Houston, TX

Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation (4 Hours)

Trainers: TBD

$150. (This Domestic Violence training is INCLUDED in the Advance Family 30 hours of training above.) If you have taken the 30 hours of Advance Family training and only need this course, then register under Advance Training dropdown button

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

 

March 27-28 

Houston, TX

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training (18 Hours)

Trainers: Shawn Edwards, Esq.; and Toni Jo Lindstrom, M.A., L.P.C. 

($525) Sign up for this and Advance Family at the same time and use the early bird discount (SAVE $$$) for both classes.

MCLE/CEU 18 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-557-1010.

More info is here.

April 2020

April 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7, 2020

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.
  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

Description:

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 information here.

 

April 27, 28 & 29, 2020

Toronto, ON

Family Relations (14 / 21 Hours)

Trainers: Jared Norton, M.S.W., RSW.

Description:

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 information is here.

 

May 2020

May 11, 12 & 13, 2020

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.
  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

Description:

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 information is here

June 2020

June 4, 5, 8, 9 & 10, 2020

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.
  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC

Description:

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 information here.

To request a listing on this calendar

 

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APFM members may list their professional family mediation training programs at no charge.

For others, the cost is $39 per event listing.

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