40-hour Divorce & Custody Mediation Training


In response to the growing demand for professional mediators, the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute offers a comprehensive 40-hour, 5- or 6-day hands-on training. Workshops are regularly scheduled in Lansing, Michigan, in conjunction with the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School class. These workshops cost $1,500, with a discount for early registration. See our calendar for upcoming trainings.

This program is paced to involve and inform you throughout the workshop; past attendees have told us that our training is the best they've ever received. We're confident you'll feel the same about your experience with us.

Through a combination of role play, lecture, simulation, discussion and videotapes of actual mediation, this workshop takes participants through the process of divorce and custody mediation from the orientation session to the completed memorandum of agreement.

Each workshop covers the following:

  • Effective conflict management
  • Mediation techniques
  • Power balancing
  • Support and parenting arrangements
  • Custody issues
  • Property division
  • Tax, pension, and financial issues
  • The emotional stages of divorce
  • Working constructively with attorneys
  • Using experts in mediation
  • Screening for domestic violence and other impediments to mediation
  • Ethics and standards of practice

You'll also receive a comprehensive training manual and ready-to-use forms.

Attendance at each workshop is limited to assure direct feedback and coaching in role plays. We also connect participants to supervision and continuing education programs.

Each attendee is responsible for his or her accommodations and meals. We encourage our attendees to dine together for lunch during the workshop. We recommend you wear comfortable, casual clothing. Since temperature needs vary from person to person, we encourage you to bring several layers of clothing.

State Approvals

The training has been approved in a number of states. If we are not approved in your area, we provide documentation for your application. Please check with us.

Training Approved By the Following
Association for Conflict Resolution 40-hour comprehensive divorce mediation training program. This training may be applied toward the requirements for practitioner membership in the association.
Michigan Approved by State Court Administrative Office of the Michigan Supreme Court as a Domestic Relations Mediation Training Program under Michigan Court Rule 3.216. Additional day of Domestive Violence Screening Training and observations are required for court list. (Learn more.)


Agenda Sample Agenda for 40-Hour Divorce & Custody Workshop Day One 8:15 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Introduction to Divorce Mediation Video 9:20 a.m. Overview of Training 9:35 a.m. Divorce Mediation Overview 10:20 a.m. Break 10:35 a.m. The Emoti… Read More


For 40-hour Divorce and Custody Mediation workshops with registration through Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, costs are as follows: Regular Registration: $1,500 Early Registration: $1,420 * * For registrations received at least 30 da… Read More


Your Divorce & Custody (Domestic Relations) Mediation Trainings are taught by an experienced faculty with backgrounds in law and social work. Zena D. Zumeta, J.D. Primary Trainer Zena D. Zumeta received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mic… Read More

This may truly have been the most thorough, enjoyable and useful educational experience I have encountered.
– LeeAnn Massucci, Columbus, Ohio

The Eight Rules of Framing, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, walks you through each suggested rule and often provides an opportunity for you to choose possible alternative approaches and see how the couple might react. Nice job Zena!
– Bill Warters, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan