Agenda

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 Emotional Divorce Process and Mediation
11:35 a.m. Stage M: Separate Screening Interviews
12 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Stage M: Demonstration and Practice
2:00 p.m. Stage E: Explain the Process/Orientation
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Orientation Session Role Play
4:45 p.m. Working with Lawyers in Mediation
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
Day Two
8:30 a.m. Mediation Statutes and Court Rules
9:30 a.m. Mediation and the Legal Process
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Property, Taxes, and Pensions / Financial Video
12 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Drawing out Information: Property Information Role Play
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Drawing out Information: Budgeting in Mediation Role Play
4:30 p.m. Child Support and Maintenance in Mediation
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
Day Three
8:30 a.m. Conflict Management
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Conflict Management, cont'd
12 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Framing Issues in Mediation – Stage I Exercise
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Parents and Children and Divorce; Never Married Parents
5:00 p.m. Parenting Arrangements in Agreements
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
Day Four
8:30 a.m. Videotape Analysis: Michael and Debbie
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Mediation Techniques
12 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Parenting Statement Role Play
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Parenting Plan Role Play – Stages D through E
5:30 p.m. Adjournment
Day Five
8:30 a.m. Property Distribution Role Play
10:00 a.m Break
10:15 a.m. Property Distribution Role Play, cont'd
12 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Impediments to Mediation: Child Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
2:00 p.m. Writing Agreements – Stage E
3:30 p.m Break
3:45 p.m. Ethics and Standards Exercise
5:15 p.m. Evaluation and Closing
5:30 p.m. Adjournment

…my feelings about the mediation process changed significantly, opening my mind to a new way of bringing people with adverse positions together…. I encourage all family law practitioners to spend one week of their careers for training in…
– Hon. Bill Callahan, 3rd Judicial Court of Michigan

Very few are excellent; you are one of the few.
– Ann Arbor, Mich.