Divorce and Family Mediation Training
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. A new 40-hour series for mediating divorce and family-related cases and issues.
Divorce and Family Mediation
In this 40-hour program you gain comprehensive, in-depth training in a comfortable and supportive learning environment.
The training meets both:
- the 25-hour mediation training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767 to be a qualified mediator for divorce and child-custody cases; and
- the nationally recognized 40-hour standard.
This training includes significant experiential learning, skill building and role plays.
Through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and role play, you learn:
- the mediation process
- the mediator’s approach, roles, and influence
- divorce mediation: the court process
- divorce mediation: child custody and placement
- divorce mediation: financial responsibility and property
- working with attorneys and other experts
- emotions and power dynamics
- domestic violence issues
- values and beliefs; cultural competence
- ethics and standards
- agreement writing
- building a practice
- professional resources
Our mediation training draws people from education, human services, mental health, clergy, business, and law, among other professions, making for lively discussions and a rich learning environment. Whether you seek mediation training to expand your career opportunities or to enhance your skill set, mediation skills can be invaluable in your professional and personal life.
Perri Mayes (JD, Drake Univ.) is a dispute resolution professional based in Milwaukee. Her practice includes mediation, arbitration, and program design and administration. Her experience includes serving as family court mediation program administrator. Wee known as an inspiring, thorough, and supportive trainer, Mayes taught mediation for many years with UW-Milwaukee Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation. She is a past president of both the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the Wisconsin Association of Mediators (WAM). She is the recipient of the WAM 2012 Distinguished Service Award, honoring outstanding dedication and service to the mediation field.
Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI. Parking information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. The building is accessible to people with disabilities.
Fee: $995 includes instruction, materials, CEU, refreshments, and a $20 nonrefundable administrative fee. Lunches are on your own at any of the many restaurants near the Pyle Center.
Registration deadline: To ensure your place, please register as early as possible. If you do not receive a confirmation letter before the program, call 608-262-2451 or 800-725-9692.
Accommodations: Please make your own travel and lodging arrangements. Maps and information on lodging and parking are sent with your registration confirmation. The program fee does not include lodging costs.
Program – In the event of bad weather or other emergencies, call 608-263-4432 or visit continuingstudies.wisc.edu to learn whether a Continuing Studies program or class has been cancelled.
Participant – If you are unable to attend or arrange for a substitute, you may obtain a refund minus the $20 administrative fee by contacting our registration department at least three business days before the program. If you cancel later than that, or do not attend, you are responsible for the entire fee. To cancel or arrange for a substitute, call 800-725-9692.
4.0 Continuing Education Units = 40 hours of professional continuing education.
Social Workers: Provider #1042 for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (1-800-225-6880), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social workers will receive 40 continuing education clock hours for completing this course. WI, IA, IL, MI, and MN Boards of Social Work recognize ACE programs.
Counselors: UW-Madison Continuing Studies is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (provider # 5990).
WI Psychologists, and Marriage and Family Therapists: qualifies as an accredited university continuing education course relevant to professional practice.
WI Substance Abuse Counselors: qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.
Educators: this program may qualify towards your Professional Development Plans.
Attorneys: CLE hours through the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.
Other professions: completion of this program qualifies for 40 continuing education hours. Contact your own board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.
By phone: Call 608-262-2451 or 800-725-9692.
By mail: Print, complete and mail the Continuing Studies registration form.
Online: Secure online registration is available for this program.