Sample Agenda

Below are sample agendas for each of the two components of our 48-hour Divorce & Custody and Domestic Violence Screening training.

40-Hour Divorce & Custody Component

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

8-Hour Domestic Violence Screening Component

8:15 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Check in and Introductions and Overview
8:45 a.m. Discussion of Self-Assessment Tool
9:15 a.m. Why Intimate Partner Violence Issues Are Important for Mediation Four Principles/Appropriateness Why Victims/Survivors do or don’t want to mediate; Why Abusers do or don’t want to mediate
9:45 a.m. Nature and Dynamics of Intimate Partner Abuse/Violence
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Abuser behavior: (1) strategic, deliberate, cost-benefit; (2) engaging, charming, seeks allies or to disarm survivor’s possible allies; if that fails, may seek to intimidate
11:15 a.m. Video: “It’s Not Like I Hit Her” and 1st scenario of Female Abusers (Cynthia)
12-1:00 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. Fish Bowl Role Plays
2:15 p.m. Discussion of role plays
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Exploring Safety Options, Facilitating Safe Termination, Creating Specialized Process
3:45 p.m. Triads – Practicing safety options, safe termination, specialized process
4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Discussion and evaluation
5:30 p.m. Adjourn

An excellent program and great opportunity to gain useful information along with practical application.
– Sallie Henderson, Youngstown, Ohio

The best training in the field of mediation that I’ve been to!
– Karen Beauregard, Director, Dispute Resolution Center, Lansing, Mich.