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.

To request a listing on this calendar

 

Please send information to [email protected] in the following format:

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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.

Online Training

Dealing with Gatekeeper Parents (1.5 hours)

Trainer: Donald T. Saposnek

This 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 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: 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

Featuring 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.

Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience: Level One (20 Hours)

Florida State University | Learning For Life

Florida State University has launched a new online curriculum for a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience: Level One. The curriculum was developed by the Clearinghouse on Trauma & Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies in the College of Social Work. The curriculum enables professionals to develop the knowledge and skills they need to understand the impact of adult and child trauma, along with the keys to resilience. Participants will learn crucial information to improve service delivery to clients, students, human services recipients, patients, and other members of the public.

More information is here.

September 2020

September 8, 2020

Southborough, MA

Divorce Law Basics training (8 Hours)

Description:

This is a course focusing on the knowledge necessary to work with divorcing couples in Massachusetts hoping to work towards settlement outside of the court. Designed for mediators, non-lawyer professionals and lawyers without a family law background, this course is offered twice per year by DMTA (Spring and Fall).  This course includes the information required by professionals to help their clients looking to settle divorce cases outside of court.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 508-655-5980

More information is here.

 

September 10, 11, 14 & 15, 2020

Online

Family Law (21 / 30 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
  • Shmuel Stern (Guest trainer)
  • Ken Nathens (Guest trainer)

Description:

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

More information is here.

 

September 14, 15, 21, 22, 2020

Online

International Family Mediation Training (14 Hours)

Trainer: Melissa A. Kucinski

Description: 

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.

Email: [email protected]

Phone:  (202) 713-5165

More information is here.

 

September 16 & 17, 2020

Online

Screening for Power Imbalances and Family Violence for Family Lawyers, Family Arbitrators and Parenting Coordinators (14 Hours)

Trainer: Hilary Linton, J.D., LL.M., FDRP. Med-Certified Specialist in Family Mediation, Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med.

Description: 

Ontario law requires family lawyers, family arbitrators and parenting coordinators to refresh their basic screening knowledge and skills every five years, unless they have completed ten arbitration hearings in that time. This two-day program meets the requirements of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210

More information is here.


September 24 & 25, 2020

Online

Basic Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)

Trainers: 

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

Description:

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

More information is here.

September 30, 2020

Online 

10-Hour Update on Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalances and Risk In FDR

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 one-day intensive program is designed to provide the bi-annual training on “screening for power imbalances” in arbitration as required by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-593-0210

More information is here.

October 2020

 

October 1, 2, 7, 8, & 9, 2020

Southborough, MA

Divorce Mediation training (40 Hours)

Description:

This is a 5-day (40 hour) course focusing on the skills, tools, & techniques necessary to mediate divorces. This course is offered twice per year by DMTA (Spring and Fall).  This course includes ample time for practice, observation, and feedback.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 508-655-5980

More information is here.

 

October 7-9 & 14-16, 2020

Online/Zoom

Mediation Training (40 Hours)

Trainer: Steven Rosenberg

Description:

An interactive, 40 hour professional training program utilizing simulations, coaching, lectures and demonstrations. This training provides the tools and techniques to effectively serve as a mediator as well represent clients in mediation. From his experience as a mediator and a law professor Steven Rosenberg has developed a dynamic, interesting and entertaining approach to facilitate learning. It covers every step of the mediation process from initial contact to settlement and includes extensive practice sessions with observation and feedback by experienced practitioners. The course also includes an in depth session on marketing. The training has been approved for MCLE Credit.

40 hour training is $1,495.00; 20 hour training is $775; for early sign-up.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 415-383-5544

More information is here.

 

October 11-18, 2020

Online/Zoom

40-Hour Virtual Divorce Mediation Training

Trainer: Family Law Mediator and Attorney, Marta J. Papa

Description: 

With this 40-hour Training, you could become a court-approved mediator earning $250+/hour to assist divorcing families resolve custody issues. Join us in this fast-paced, interesting training led by Marta J. Papa, the Divorce Whisperer, who has successfully mediated more than 4,000 divorces. This 5-day training will include videotaped demonstration, lectures and discussions as well as role-play and coaching. We will discuss property division, custody matters, child support and maintenance issues, and family dynamics. Participants will receive a detailed 250+ page course manual.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 314-862-0202

More information is here.

 

October 14, 15 & 16, 2020

Online

Screening for Power Imbalances Including Intimate Partner 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

More information is here.

 

October 29 & 30, 2020

Online

Advanced Parenting Coordination (14 Hours)

Trainers:

  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC
  • Jared Norton, MSW, RSW, ACC. FM

Description:

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

More information is here.

 

November 2020

 

November 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2020

Online

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

More information is here.

 

November 25, 26 & 27, 2020

Online

Advanced Family Mediation: Theory & Skills (21 Hours)

Trainers:

  • Elizabeth Hyde, B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC
  • Jared Norton, MSW, RSW, ACC. FM

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

More information is here.

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