APFM Webinar Series

Beyond Protocols: The Art and Science of Interdisciplinary Family Mediation

presented by Forrest “Woody” Mosten and Kate Scharff

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM Eastern (9:00-10:30 AM Pacific)

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About the Webinar

Interdisciplinary teamwork is the lifeblood of our work, yet most of us come to it with little or no experience in working with professionals of other disciplines, let alone building a team that can be effective in a complex setting in which powerful emotions hold sway. So, it’s no wonder that when cases go south, the culprit is almost always problems among and between team members. In this webinar–using relevant concepts from psychotherapeutic, legal, and conflict resolution theory—we’ll unpack some common patterns of team dysfunction and explore ways to recognize, redress, and learn from them, so we can best help the families who depend on us.

About the Presenters

Forrest "Woody" Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private mediation practice since 1979 and teaches mediation, Lawyer as Peacemaker, and Family Law Practice as Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Law. He trains professionals in mediation from basic to advanced courses and is in constant demand worldwide as a conference keynote speaker and expert witness on mediation. He is the co-founder of Mosten Guthrie Mediation Academy for online Mediation Training which offers courses throughout the world (see MostenGuthrie – Mediation Training, Online Training).

Woody has spent his entire career working for increased legal access and dispute resolution for the underserved and diverse members of our society, as well as helping families, businesses, and organizations resolve disputes. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in mediation and has been asked to educate others on mediation globally. In 2019, Woody received a Life Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. In 2020, APFM established the Forrest (Woody) Mosten Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Training Scholarship Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (apfmnet.org) . Woody has presented many workshops and other programs for APFM over the years.

Kristyn Carmichael

Kate Scharff, M.S.W. is an individual, couple and family psychotherapist, Collaborative Divorce professional (coach and child specialist), divorce consultant, and family mediator. She was a founder and principal of the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington, and a founding board member (and past president) of the DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Kate has taught nationally and internationally on many aspects of psychotherapy, divorce, interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, mediation and therapeutic jurisprudence. Among her writings are three books: “Therapy Demystified: An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Right Help” (2004), and (with Lisa Herrick, Ph.D.) “Navigating Emotional Currents in Collaborative Divorce: A Guide to Enlightened Team Practice” (ABA, 2010) and “Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce: A Guide to Excellence in Practice and Outcome” (ABA, 2017). Kate maintains a private practice in the Greater Washington, DC area. Her blog and podcast can be found at katescharff.com.

Time and Place

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM Eastern (9:00-10:30 AM Pacific)


Free for APFM Members, $50 for Non-Members.

More Information about the Webinar

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