Mediation and Domestic Abuse

Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic abuse is essential for mediators working in family mediation. Explore the complex practical and ethical issues surrounding domestic abuse and implications for proceeding with or terminating mediation services. We also cover the impact of domestic abuse on children and mediating parties.

At a glance

What: Mediation and Domestic Abuse

When: Wed, Apr 25, 8:30am-3:30pm

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

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs), Wisconsin Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours: 7.0 CLE/7.0 GALm/7.0 GALf

Instructor: Perri Mayes

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Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more

Level: Intermediate to advanced; familiarity with mediation process recommended
CE credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Understanding the dynamics of domestic abuse is essential, even required, for mediators working with families. This program explores domestic abuse, coercive control, and family violence, and how these challenges impact the mediation process. Discover how to more effectively screen for parties’ capacity to mediate using recommended tools and protocols. Learn how to recognize abusive situations and determine whether to proceed with mediation. Consider approaches for safely mediating and terminating mediation, and examine the complex practical and ethical issues surrounding mediation and domestic abuse. Effects of domestic violence on victims and children are covered in depth, meeting the requirement for Wisconsin Statute 767.405.

At the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Recognize power dynamics within relationships and their potential impact on the mediation process
  • Explain the dynamics of domestic abuse within families
  • Identify tools and protocols used to screen for domestic abuse
  • Describe the impact of abuse and coercive control on the mediation process
  • Decide when and how to proceed with mediation and when to terminate
  • Evaluate complex ethical and policy issues concerning the mediation process when abuse is a factor