40-Hour Basic Mediation Training Online

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training

Evening Online Workshops with Dr. Michael Saini

4 hours each session for 10 sessions

November 17, 19, 24, 26, 2020

December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 2020

(6pm to 10pm Mountain Standard Time)

AFMS Members $1500

Non-Members $1700

Minimum of 10 registrants required



 In the last two decades, there has been a growing emphasis on alternative dispute resolution services to complement the court process and to assist families in resolving family law conflict after separation and divorce.  The demand for family mediation is expected to increase with the upcoming changes to the Divorce Act.  Expanding family mediation within family courts has the potential of increasing settlement options for families and helping families move more efficiently through the court process.

Basic Mediation Training is a generic resolution course, totaling 40-hours of training that includes, lectures, discussions, activities, role plays, video demonstrations and readings.  The course will introduce participants to the basic skills, knowledge and competencies required to be an effective mediator.  Topics will include the basics of conflict theory and conflict resolution, negotiation, communication, and basic mediation skills. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an introductory overview of conflict resolution principles, negotiation skills and mediation framework to provide participants with the foundation for effective mediation services.

This workshop will identify a range of conflict resolution approaches, but will focus primarily on interest-based negotiations, techniques to resolve conflict, working with power imbalances and alternative dispute resolution strategies within the context of family law. Participants will also be introduced to several models of mediation that have been developed to engage with families (strategic, trauma-informed, therapeutic, solutions, narrative, and online approaches).

This course will include a minimum of five (5) hours in each of the following categories:

  1. Conflict intervention models and theories
  2. Psychological issues in separation, divorce, family dynamics, and power imbalances
  3. Issues and needs of children in separation and divorce
  4. Mediation process and techniques
  5. A minimum of 30% role play
  6. An overview of Family Law including custody, support, asset evaluation and distribution, equalization of net family properties, and taxation as it relates to separation and divorce.

Full brochure and registration here