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.

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.

May 21-23, 2019

Newton, MA

Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training) (21 hours)

Trainers:  Arline Kardasis and Crystal Thorpe, Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC

This program teaches mediators specialized skills and techniques for working with seniors and adult families facing issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, financial planning, inheritance/estate disputes, medical decisions, family communication, and guardianship. Join us for three days packed with content, role-plays, and opportunities to interact with fellow participants (who often travel from around the world to attend).

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617-621-7009 x29
More info: www.elderdecisions.com/pg19.cfm

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.

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.

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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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