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Continuing Studies

Divorce and Family Mediation Training

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This virtual learning class is being offered remotely at the listed date and time. Details, including instructions for accessing an online learning platform via the internet or dial-in option, will be provided to registrants one week prior to  the start of class.

With comprehensive, in-depth training in divorce and family mediation, this 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.


40-hour basic training in divorce and family mediation skills

Attendance at all 8 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.


Introductory 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

Course Outline

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.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 40
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 4
Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners - Continuing Legal Education - CLE Hours 46
Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners Guardian Ad Litem - GALs Clock Hours 43
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 40
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 40
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 40
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 40

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Ashley Kuehl at ashley.kuehl@wisc.edu or 608-265-4267

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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