Divorce and Family Financial Mediation Training is offered two times each year.

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

Divorce and Family Financial 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 family law attorneys who wish to become more skilled negotiators on behalf of their clients or who wish to become mediators themselves. It is also designed to serve other professionals who provide services to families. Many who are not attorneys wish to become certified mediators and many are eligible to do so depending on their professional training, experience, and certifications.

This training 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.

  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION THEORY: Coping with Conflict, Making up and Changing our minds
  • NEGOTIATION THEORY AND PRACTICE: Positional and Interest Based Bargaining
  • MODELS OF THE MEDIATION PROCESS: Facilitating Traditional Bargaining, Joint Problem Solving, and Understanding Among the Parties
  • INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS IN MEDIATION: Perception and Memory, Communication and Problem Solving Skills
  • MEDIATION ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: Maintaining Neutrality and Confidentiality, Self Determination
  • MEDIATING IN THE LEGAL CONTEXT: Statutes and Rules in the State and Federal Trial Courts