Eldercare and Probate Mediation Training

Eldercare and Probate Mediation training focus on Adult Guardianship and Family Caregiver Mediation as well as mediation after the death of a parent. Adult Guardianship and Family Caregiver mediation are quite different from other types of mediation. Probate mediation is similar to civil mediation, but the emotions are often at an extreme We focus on inclusion of the older person's voice in the mediation and techniques for working in multiparty family mediations. At the conclusion of the training, participants will be prepared to organize and perform Elder Mediations. Meant for both mediators and possible participants in mediation, this is an advanced training for those who have already taken basic mediation training, and an introduction to Elder Mediation for those who have not.

Elder Mediation training covers the following topics:

  • Differences between elder mediation and other types of mediation
  • Guardianship/conservatorship law and practice
  • Capacity and disability issues
  • Legal red flags
  • Elder abuse
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Multiparty mediation and family dynamics
  • Deciding who should be present at the mediation
  • Working with attorneys, court representatives, GAL's and institutional representatives
  • Role of community resources, support persons, advocates, and surrogates in mediation
  • Ethical standards for elder mediators
  • Mental and physical effects of aging, disabilities, and accommodation in mediation
  • Societal and participant bias, family and cultural attitudes, and their impact on the mediation process
  • Pre-mediation interviews and screening for appropriateness of mediation
  • Marketing an elder mediation practice
  • Demonstration, video, and practice

This training meets the requirements under the Association for Conflict Resolution Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution Section’s core objectives for elder mediation training and adult guardianship mediation training.

Very dynamic. I was never bored.
– Ann Arbor, Mich.

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