Certified Family & Divorce Training

Cost: $1,295
Includes: 40 hours of instruction, role plays, breakfast, lunch, snacks, CLE if applicable
CLE: 38 hours, 3 of which are ethics hours (We report a total of 24 hours, 3 of which are ethics hours, unless requested.)


Family & Divorce Mediation Training is certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission under Rule 8 of the Family Financial Settlement Procedures Program that operates in the District Courts of North Carolina. This court-ordered mediation program focuses on the financial aspects of marital dissolution: property division, spousal support and child support, although child care issues may also be included at the election of the parties.

This training is designed to serve beginning mediation students and those who have completed other mediation training as well. It will equip students to begin a family mediation practice either in the court-ordered program or in a private practice dedicated to helping families move through divorce without resort to the courts. Subjects related to the legal and social aspects of family life and dissolution are covered in addition to those related to the topic of mediation and facilitation. Some of those include: domestic violence and protection, child development, and family dynamics.

The course is also certified by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) for the basic forty hour family mediation training required by those who wish to become advanced practitioner members of that organization’s family section.

We are pleased that the course is led by two mediators who are certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission in all of its programs and who are Advanced Practitioner Members of ACR.  Lead trainer, J. Anderson (Andy) Little, led the effort to incorporate mediation into the family courts of North Carolina.  Celia O’Briant is a National Certified Counselor, licensed in North Carolina (NCLPC), and her educational background is in the area of early childhood education.  Ms. O’Briant is the past president of the NC Association of Professional Family Mediators.

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During the Course, you will:

LEARN Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Process
PARTICIPATE In Small Group Discussion and Simulated Mediations
OBSERVE Experienced Mediators Conducting Settlement Conferences
DEVELOP Skills in Communication, Negotiation and Facilitation

Course Contents

Coping with Conflict, Making up and Changing our minds.
Perception and Memory, Communication and Problem Solving Skills
Positional and Interest Based Bargaining
Maintaining Neutrality and Confidentiality. Self-Determination.
MODELS OF THE MEDIATION PROCESSFacilitating Traditional Bargaining, Joint Problem Solving, and Understanding Among the Parties. MEDIATING IN THE LEGAL CONTEXT
Statutes and Rules in the State and Federal Trial Courts.