There are 14 Continuing Education Units included with this course.
In part three of the Mediation series, participants will explore deeper issues of domestic and family mediation, namely, divorce and child custody cases. Many court-ordered mediation disputes involve custody issues, making this course paramount for those wanting to start their journey as a mediator.
- MEDI 301: Introduction: Understanding the Domestic Mediation Process and the Mediator’s Role
Mediation provides a way to resolve conflict without going to court, having to hire an attorney, spend large sums of money, or lose one’s peace of mind. This session explains the origins and necessity of domestic mediation, as well basic skills. You will be encouraged to incorporate faith in the process through your attitude, demeanor, and actions.
- MEDI 302: Case Assessment: Understanding Family Dynamics and Family Conflicts
The first dynamic often experienced by families during divorce proceedings is fear. This can be cultivated by others’ opinions, stories, and experiences. In this session, you will learn how to best model healthy family dynamics to your clients through education and setting an example and alleviate some of the anxiety and concerns they may have about the divorce process.
- MEDI 303: Hands-on Skills to Mediate Custody, Visitation and Child Support Issues
In order to effectively and competently mediate divorce cases, you must be knowledgeable about custody, visitation, and child support issues. This session addresses the challenges of working with divorced families and describes the different categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a result, you will be able to articulate how Christian mediation is unique in helping families.
- MEDI 304: Domestic Violence and Mediation
The safety and wellbeing of your clients are crucial to the effectiveness of mediation. When dealing with domestic mediation cases, the issue of domestic violence may arise. This session discusses domestic abuse against women, key characteristics of victims and perpetrators, and identifies which measures may be taken in order to protect your clients.
- MEDI 305: Creating Parenting Plans: Psychological and Cognitive Issues
Negotiating parenting arrangements when divorce has caused hostility and defensiveness can be challenging. Often, the most emotional parties will become in mediation is a result of addressing the decisions that affect their children. This session discusses how to address these intense emotions and guide clients towards creating a mutually acceptable parenting plan.
- MEDI 306: Communication Skills for Domestic Conflict and Conflict Transformation How-To’s
Conflict is inevitable. For the Mediator, it is essential to learn how to approach conflict well in order to create win-win outcomes. This session discusses the core principles of communication and conflict resolution and teaches Mediators how to effectively handle conflict with clients and in their personal lives.
- MEDI 307: Mediation and the Divorce Process
Many mistakes are often made throughout the divorce process. These may be avoided by having a better understanding of the legal issues concerning divorce and mediation. This session describes the three components of Alternative Dispute Resolution and highlights the importance of Christ-centered mediation.
- MEDI 308: Strategies for Working with High-conflict Parents and Managing Impasses
Your personal conflict style will affect your mediation. When conflict between parties results in impasse, it is essential that the Mediator be equipped to effectively manage the aftermath. This session teaches how to assess conflict levels within yourself, as well as clients, and provides a model for mediating high conflict couples.
- MEDI 309: Mediation in Special Situations: Never-marrieds, Domestic Abuse, Infidelity & Blended Families
There are limited legal solutions for helping individuals in unique family and couple situations experiencing the dissolution of the relationship. When the law does not protect these individuals, mediation may be their best option for resolution. This session addresses how to help opposing parties reach a satisfactory agreement.
- MEDI 310: Division of Property and Finances: Part 1
Mediation offers a common sense approach to many of the stressful, difficult and complex issues involved with any divorce, including spousal, child support and property distribution. This session addresses several factors regarding the distribution of assets that take place in domestic mediation.
- MEDI 311: Division of Property and Finances: Part 2
Handling the distribution of assets for two parties in divorce mediation can prove to be both challenging and complicated. This session defines equitable distribution, alimony, real and personal property, and how to navigate these issues when the dissolution of a partnership becomes inevitable.
- MEDI 312: Negotiation within Mediation: Anger, Power Struggles, Aggression and When to Use Caucus
Maintaining control in high-conflict situations is a skill that all Mediators must acquire. In some situations, the use of caucus may be necessary. This session discusses the keys to negotiation, the differences in mediation and litigation, and strategies for maintaining control with difficult clients.
- MEDI 313: Bargaining and Drafting Agreements: Parenting Plans and Memorandums of Understanding
Maintaining relationships with those who provide helpful legal counsel is critical to a Mediator’s career and overall success. Mediators have an ethical obligation to refer clients to outside resources such as attorneys, accountants, and counselors upon the discovery of more difficult issues. This session equips Mediators for such referrals.
- MEDI 314: Mediation Role Plays and Debriefing Exercises
Mediators are expected to help clients maintain focus in emotional disagreements and identify both their interests and fears. This session provides practical examples for mediating couples in conflict and teaches hands-on skills for helping parties acknowledge the impact of divorce on their family.