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Center for Mediation and Dialogue
Divorce and Family Mediation
This course is designed for persons who intend to practice divorce mediation or Parent Coordination. The workshop employs a mixture of teaching techniques including lecture, demonstration, case analysis, and simulation. All participants will have individualized observation and feedback by experienced practicing mediators. To successfully complete the training, participants must fully attend all sessions and demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts and skills addressed in the training.
Divorce Mediation Training is designed to meet a significant portion of the basic requirements for Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and for the Vermont Superior Court Family Mediation Program. The training is in accordance with Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators endorsed by the American Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Pre-requisites: all participants must have had a 28 hour Basic Mediation, the CI Skills course at Champlain College, or a comparable training.
LOCATION: Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont
COST: (includes welcome continental breakfast, break snacks, lunches & dinner
- Workshop 1 - $1500 ($1450 if paid by Month XX)
- Workshop 2 - $ 175 ($160 if paid by Month XX)
- Workshop 3 - $ 100 ($75 if paid by Month XX)
- Workshop 4 - $ 100 ($75 if paid by Month XX)
($150 discount off full price rate for registration for all four workshops ($1725), if $1450 is paid by XX and arrangements made for the remainder.)
WORKSHOP 1: Divorce Mediation Core Training
DAY 1: VERMONT DIVORCE LAW*
- Law regarding children including residence, contact, special circumstance
- Unauthorized practice of law
- Uniform Mediation Act
- Ethical guidelines for attorneys who mediate
- Application of the law regarding finances including property, debts, investments
- Overview of tax law & pensions
- How the court sees Child support
Note: Practicing members of the VT family bar, may eliminate this day of training. ($100 discount)
* Mediation from other states will have key similarities and differences noted.
DAYS 2-5 : ADDITIONAL TRAINING
- The Framework of Divorce and Separation
- Components of Divorce & Family Mediation
- Structure of the Mediation process
- Continuum of techniques used by the mediator
- Psychology of divorce and separation
- Family as a system & family dynamics
- Divorce Mediation in the shadow of the law
- Introduction to mediating financial issues
- Capacity issues in mediation
- Issues of children in Divorce
- Power dynamics in the mediation process
- Professional conduct and ethics
- Starting your practice
- Advanced techniques of working with families
WORKSHOP 2: Basics of Taxes, Pensions, Investments, Tips & Mediator Lifesavers
BASICS OF TAXES
- Why mediators need to have a basic grasp oftaxes, pensions, & investments
- The basics of taxes in divorce
- Key questions to ask
- Division of assets
PENSIONS, INVESTMENTS, TIPS & MEDIATOR LIFESAVERS
- Types of pensions
- Why some pensions or investments that appear to be equal, are not
- Nuances of writing financial agreements
- What are the key things about finances that mediators must know?
WORKSHOP 3: Intro to Child Support
INTRO TO CHILD SUPPORT
Pre-requisite: Workshop 1
- How VT Child Support works
- Basic Structure of child support
- What does it pay for?
- Changing child support
- Why do mediators need to know about child support?
WORKSHOP 4: Managing Financial Negotiations
MANAGING FINANCIAL NEGOTIATIONS
Pre-requisite: Workshop 1
- The paperwork of financial aspects of a VT divorce
- Advanced issues in designing process for financial discussions
- Working with attorneys in discussions
- The house—who gets it, who pays for it, what if they continue to own it together
- When clients own a business/professional practice
- Who gets what?