Mediation Training: Family Law
Here at Peace Talks we get a lot of questions about how to become a mediator. For the full story, here’s a link to the “how to become a mediator” blog post.
We also offer a mediation training program. It’s a 25 hour program on DVD. It also comes with a 220 page manual so you will have all of the forms and templates which we reference in the video program.
This beginning family law mediation training program was edited down from a full week 40 hour training so you get the full experience of a live mediation training without having to leave your home.
Here’s an exerpt from the DVD set: 5 Sources of Conflict. Take a look and you can see exactly what the training looks like.
In fact, there are a lot of samples from the DVD set on our Peace Talks You Tube Channel. Plus lots of other interesting stuff.
It is approved for California MCLE and I can issue a certificate of completion once you notify me that you’ve completed the entire course.
California does not certify mediators, so this is not a “certification” course but it will satisfy the minimum requirements to sign up for most mediation panels. Here’s the link to join the Los Angeles Superior Court mediation panel: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/adr/forms/LAADR006.pdf For more information on the Los Angeles Superior Court mediation program, click here: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/adr/UI/index.aspx
Here is a summary of the topics included:
- What we will do in this training
- Value, benefits and results of mediation for mediators and clients
- Uses for mediation and mediation skills
- Who is a mediator?
- Mediation styles and signatures
- Other types of ADR
How mediation works from first contact to agreement
- Mediation process overview
- Mediation orientations (link is a video!)
- Session structure (joint sessions, caucuses, preliminary appointments)
- When the clients arrive
- Ground rules and the agreement to mediate: the first agreements
- Therapeutic intake
- Setting the agenda
Role Play: your first mediation session (intake through agenda)
What is conflict?
- Our values surrounding conflict
- Moore’s 5 sources of conflict
- The nature of family conflict
- Conflict resolution strategies
Negotiation techniques and demonstrations
- Interest based negotiations
- BATNA and WATNA
- Reality testing
- Doubt and dissonance
- The psycho legal approach
- Bias and impartiality
- Neutrality redefined: invested, but not aligned or biased
- Getting to Yes
- Pacing and transitions
- Setting up success
- Case conferencing
- Evaluation and feedback
Mediation Planning role play: the first agenda items
Communication in Mediation
Helping clients through the process
- Mediation readiness
- Support systems
- Setting the intention
The Emotional Divorce and Mediating Solid Parenting Plans
- Re-capitulation and Re-traumatization
- Anatomy of a parenting plan
The Legal Divorce
- Child support,
- Spousal support
- Property division
- Drafting agreements
The Legal Divorce: domestic violence
Role play: Parenting Plan Mediation
Hot topics in mediation: comparison of ethical standards, reporting requirements, mediation confidentiality, professional development, practice development, future trends, career opportunities
Final Role Play: from therapeutic intake to agreement