Divorce and Family Mediation Training

Comprehensive, in-depth training in divorce and family mediation. The 40-hour schedule meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard and the 25-hour training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767. Lecture, demonstration, participatory exercises, and coaching combine to provide the principles of mediation plus practical skills needed to successfully mediate divorce, child custody, and other family issues.

At a glance

What: Divorce and Family Mediation Training

When: Last offered Oct 25, 2017. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $1,295

Continuing education credit: 40 hours (4.0 CEUs), 46 CLE/3.5 EPR/43 GALm/43GALf

Instructor: Perri Mayes

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For additional information, contact ANN WHITAKER: 608-890-2747

Fall 2017 Divorce and Family Mediation Brochure
Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more

40-hour basic training in divorce and family mediation skills

Attendance at all 6 days of the program is required to complete the 40-hour training.

This program provides comprehensive, in-depth training in a comfortable and supportive learning environment. It is designed to meet both:

  • the 25-hour mediation training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767 to be considered a qualified mediator for divorce and child custody/placement cases; and
  • the nationally recognized 40-hour standard.

The training offers a combination of lecture, demonstration, and role play to help prepare you for the practice of mediation. Training includes ample time to practice skills as you are learning them.

Why mediate?

Mediation is a unique approach to helping people or systems in conflict. Rather than advocating for one side or the other, the mediator guides the parties toward consensual agreements and resolution.

Who qualifies for mediation training?

Mediation draws people from a wide variety of professions: education, human service, mental health, clergy, business, and law, among others. Their unique experiences and perspectives make for lively discussions and a rich learning environment. Whether you’re looking for mediation training to expand your professional career opportunities or to enhance your existing skill set, mediation skills are invaluable in both your professional and personal life.

The training covers these topics:

Mediation approach

  • Mediation principles and models
  • Mediator roles and influences

Mediation process

  • Setting the stage, beginning a mediation
  • Listening, questioning, framing issues, setting an agenda, generating options , building agreement
  • Writing an agreement

Divorce/separation mediation

  • Court process
  • Working with attorneys and outside experts

Parenting issues in divorce

  • Custody and placement
  • Parenting plans

Financial issues in divorce

  • Property division
  • Financial responsibility


  • Ethics and standards
  • Domestic violence
  • Building a practice
  • Professional resources and more.


Beginner to intermediate

Learning objectives

  • Distinguish the mediation approach as a unique form of conflict resolution for couples and families.
  • Describe and practice the mediation process.
  • Explain the impact of refined listening, questioning, and issue reframing on the mediation process and its outcomes.
  • Identify parenting and financial issues in the divorce process.
  • Examine mediation standards and explain how to respond to special issues such as domestic violence.

Key takeaways

Through this course you will come to understand:

  • Your own response to conflict
  • The fundamentals of interest-based negotiations
  • The stages of the mediation process
  • Interventions the mediator uses to move parties to resolution
  • Emotions and power dynamics

What this training meets

  • the 25-hour mediation training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767 to be a qualified mediator for divorce and child custody/placement cases
  • the nationally recognized 40-hour standard
  • 40 hours of acceptable professional continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse counselors
  • 46 Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education Hours (CLEs); 36 GALm; 36 GALf; 3 EPR