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

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

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