Mediation Training: Family Law

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.

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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:

Why mediation?

      • 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
      • Convening
      • 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

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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

Mediation Planning

  • Setting up success
  • Case conferencing
  • Evaluation and feedback

Mediation Planning role play:  the first agenda items

Communication in Mediation

      • Mediator goals when listening
      • Mediator goals when speaking
      • Communication techniques:
        • Active listening
        • Summarizing, reframing and rephrasing
        • Empathy
        • Naming, and making the hidden transparent
        • 10 Tips for asking questions
        • Using neutral language

Helping clients through the process

      • Mediation readiness
      • Support systems
      • Setting the intention

The Emotional Divorce and Mediating Solid Parenting Plans

      • Ambivalence
      • Grief
      • 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

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