The 5-Day Divorce Mediation Training Curriculum

The 1-day Divorce Law Basics Training Curriculum can be found at the bottom of this page.

Divorce Mediation Training CurriculumDay One

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Course Overview
  • Definition of Mediation, Structure & Process
  • Mediator Styles/Basics
  • Active Listening Skills & Open-Ended Questions
  • Mediation Steps
  • Psychological Stages of Divorce
  • Demos & Role Plays

Day Two

  • Education Clients about Substantive Law without Giving Advice
  • Child Development & Post-Divorce Parenting Adjustment
  • Demos & Role Plays

Day Three

  • Joint Problem Solving Steps – Finding Interests, Gathering & Evaluating Information
  • Use of Expert Information
  • Dealing with the Marital Home
  • Option Generation & Evaluation
  • Fish Bowls & Role Plays

Day Four

  • Assessing Power Imbalance/Addressing Power Imbalance
  • Brainstorming
  • Difficult Clients & High Conflict
  • Caucus – when and how
  • Domestic Violence
  • Client Screening: Domestic Violence, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Tax Fraud
  • Fish Bowls & Role Plays

Day Five

  • Working with Attorneys
  • Getting Started Professionally
  • State Regulation of Mediators
  • Rule 8
  • Mediator Standards of Practice: ACR, MCFM, Other States
  • Confidentiality Statute/Privilege
  • Uniform Mediation Act
  • Mandated Reporter/Mediation Contract
  • Ethical Issues for a Mediator
  • Mediator Certification
  • Additional Training: Legal, Taxes, Child Development
  • Obtaining Mediation Experience
  • Mediation Organizations and Upcoming Conferences
  • Fish Bowls & Roleplays

The 1-Day Divorce Law Basics for Mediators Curriculum

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Course Overview
  • Divorce Process & Jurisdiction
  • Parenting Plans & Custody
  • Child Support and Child-Related Expenses
  • Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Life Insurance, Health Insurance & Taxes