We are a committed group of professionals who are determined to promote healthier methods of resolving conflict within families, schools, and workplaces. We have been creating a community of like-minded professionals dedicated to learning, sharing and teaching better methods of resolving conflict for more than a decade. We work as teachers, teams and collaborators. The one-day divorce mediation introductory program is part of our initiative to teach positive methods of communicating and resolving family conflict when spouses divorce.
As a method of resolving conflict in matters relevant to divorce, mediation has proved far less emotionally and physically stressful, less financially draining and far more likely to result in positive communication about future family matters, especially those involving children.
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By joining our one-day divorce mediation educational experience, you will gain a clear understanding of why and how mediation is the best alternative for resolving conflict between spouses who have decided to end their marriage relationship. We will walk through the various types of mediation and techniques available, and delve into the issues that divorcing spouses need to address in order to have an uncontested divorce, i.e., a divorce in which all issues have been amicably resolved. These include issues pertaining to the spouses’ children, home, and financial matters.
While this one-day training experience will not certify you as a divorce mediator, it will provide you with a solid foundation for understanding what divorce mediation is, the step-by-step process involved in what makes it work well, how it benefits spouses who are divorcing, and by extension, their families and communities. It will also provide you with sufficient knowledge about divorce mediation to begin to offer support to others through the divorce process, and to help you decide if you would like to take the next step of joining our community as a CRT-Certified Divorce Mediator, and begin to accept divorce mediation cases.
If, after participating in the one-day Introductory Divorce Mediation Program, you decide that certification as a mediator is something you would like to pursue, we are here to support your decision by inviting you to attend our comprehensive 35 hour Divorce Mediation Certificate Program, which you can read about by clicking here: Divorce Mediation Certificate Program.
We are excited about continuing to expand our growing community of professionals who are interested in joining our journey to learn and spread to others better methods for improving communication and resolving conflict within families. If this interests you, let’s get to know one another in one of our upcoming workshops!
Foundations & Process
Participants are introduced to mediation as a form of conflict resolution that is often used by spouses who want to end their marriage relationship. They begin to discover the nature of the work performed by mediators, in the context of divorce, that is integral to the divorce mediation process, and upon which the success of mediation relies.
Participants are taught the significance of properly coordinating logistics before and during mediation in order to increase the likelihood of a successful divorce mediation. Logistics related to when, where, who and how are discussed.
Essential Skills & Issues
All of the issues pertaining to assets, liabilities, income and expenses, as well as health, dental, auto and life insurance policies that must be addressed by divorcing spouses are presented and discussed. The roles played by professionals in the mediation process: attorneys, finance professionals, mental health professionals and others are introduced.
Participants learn that mediation is not always appropriate or effective in divorce cases. Instances in which the process of mediation cannot be used is presented and discussed.
Why become a Mediator?We live in an era of escalating conflict. Consequently, there is a rapidly growing need for more conflict resolution specialists throughout our country. Mediators are on the forefront of resolving conflict. Mediators are needed more than ever to assist families and individuals in matters of divorce, education and workplace conflict throughout the United States. Mediation is a less stressful and less expensive alternative to litigious hearings and court proceedings. It is also an excellent new source of business income for legal and mental health professionals. Congress has supported mediation in lieu of litigious hearings in IEP dispute cases. School districts and parents of special education children need mediators to assist in resolving these disputes. Families going through the painful divorce process are in need of mediators. Workers and businesses are in need of mediators to reduce workplace conflict, engage employees and increase productivity to our American economy. A certificate from our Mediation Training Programs will enhance your professional credentials, increase your income and let you help more of the increasing number of individuals, families, workers, schools and businesses seeking help from mediators today. We believe that live, interactive education is far more effective than self-paced learning. Our online seminars provide you with live, interactive programs in which participants and instructors are able to see, hear and engage with one another in a live format, just like on-site classes, but without the need to travel. You get all of the practical tools and information necessary for you to immediately begin work as a mediator on either a part-time or full-time basis. You can also take Advanced Mediation Training classes to further expand your knowledge base and credentials. All classes are taught by top-tier experts in legal, financial and education fields.
Will I receive Continuing Education Credits for the Course?Our Certificate Programs are approved for CE credits for mental health professionals and CLE credits for attorneys. Our programs are co-sponsored by the Advanced Education Institute (AEI) and Conflict Resolution Training. AEI is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists and other mental health professionals. In order to receive CE Credits participants must have paid their tuition, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Continuing Education Certificates will be awarded upon satisfactory course completion for a fee of $40 through the Advanced Education Institute.
Can Mediation be incorporated into a new or existing practice?You can incorporate mediation services into an existing professional office or as a completely separate business entity. A single case is likely to cover the entire cost of your training with Conflict Resolution Training.
Do you have to be an Attorney to become a Mediator?No. Mental Health, Paralegal Professionals, and Legal Assistants are ideally suited to working as divorce, IEP and workplace mediators based upon their education and training and experience. Regardless of your background, upon successful completion of your Mediation Training Program, you will be ready to immediately start taking cases.
Do I need a college degree to take this course? Or to use the certification to mediate after the course?No, you do not need any degree to take our Divorce Mediation Certificate Program. We describe the course as a "post-graduate level" program because it was designed for practicing mental health professionals who already have advanced degrees, and who need post-graduate level continuing education courses. That said, we've had many students attend who have done very well, both in the class and after, who do not have any college degrees. So we know that if you put in the effort, you will do well in the class, and be ready to mediate divorces by the end of the last day of class, regardless of education or professional background. You also don't need any degree to use your certification to mediate divorces in any state. All you need to do is to complete the course.
Do I have to go to court with my mediation clients?No. The clients may go by themselves once the mediation is completed or go with an attorney of their choosing. The mechanics of what the clients need to do once they leave your office is covered thoroughly in class so that you can explain it to your mediation clients.
How much do Mediators make?Mediators usually charge between $250 - $500 per hour and the average divorce mediation takes between 4 - 6 sessions. In addition, Divorce Mediators also charge to write up the final agreement between the divorcing spouses, called an MOU. That is a flat fee that you can set, but most mediators charge around $450 to write the MOU. As an example, if you charge $250 per session and mediate a case in 5 sessions, then charge $450 to write the MOU for your clients, you would make $1700 in total for that mediation case.
How will I get clients?A portion of each Mediation Training Program is devoted to this very topic. Our graduates are ready to accept mediation cases immediately upon successful program completion. All students leave class with an individual plan for accepting as many or as few cases as they feel is appropriate for their individual, professional circumstance.
Who teaches these courses?Our instructors are mediation, legal and financial experts, who act as resources for our graduates and their clients, even after the course is completed! Our Head Instructor and Course Developer, Susan Deveney, leads our Divorce Mediation Training Program. Susan has been a mediator with a successful private practice for over 25 years. Her education and background are in both Law and Psychology. Comments and testimonials about classes Susan teaches can be found on our testimonials page.
Are tuition payment plans available?Yes, you can pay the tuition in installments. You just have to select "Pay with Affirm" at checkout and you'll be given the option to make monthly payments and different rates. Affirm offers most users the options to pay over 3, 6, or 12 months.
What is your Cancelation/Refund Policy?If you enrolled using a Credit or Debit Card Registrations cancelled thirty-one (31) or more days prior to the first day of the seminar will receive a 100-percent refund of tuition paid, less a 3.5% service processing fee. Registrations cancelled between thirty (30) and eight (8) days prior to the program start date will be charged a $200.00 administrative fee in addition to a 3.5% service processing fee. Cancellations made seven (7) days or less prior to the first day of the seminar will be charged 50-percent of the tuition price in addition to a 3.5% service processing fee. Any participant who cannot attend the session for which she/he is registered, may transfer to another session of the same program, so long as there is a seat available in the future session. If you enrolled with Affirm Registrations cancelled thirty-one (31) or more days prior to the first day of the seminar will receive a 100-percent refund of tuition paid, less a 6% service processing fee. Registrations cancelled between thirty (30) and eight (8) days prior to the program start date will be charged a $200.00 administrative fee in addition to a 6% service processing fee. Cancellations made seven (7) days or less prior to the first day of the seminar will be charged 50-percent of the tuition price in addition to a 6% service processing fee. Regardless of when a refund is requested, once it is approved, the refunded amount will be processed through Affirm. If you have questions about their process, please visit this page. Any participant who cannot attend the session for which she/he is registered, may transfer to another session of the same program, so long as there is a seat available in the future session.