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Child Access Mediation Training

20-Hour Intensive Course

We provide professionals with both hands-on training and a clear framework to enable participants to work effectively with separating or divorcing and unmarried parents who are dealing with divorce and children. Past participants tell us that this is some of the best professional training they have ever received.

Who Should Attend?

The prerequisite for this training is a completed a 40-hour basic or divorce mediation training. This workshop is for mediators and others who would like to develop the skills needed to work with parents and divorce with children. If you are already mediating, the more experience you bring to the training, the more you will get from it. If you are just starting up, this will help.

What Does this Workshop Include?

This highly interactive workshop uses a wide range of formats including video, demonstrations, discussions, simulations, lecture and music. The workshop, with a 300-page manual, covers the basic content areas of child custody mediation and child access mediation. The training also focuses on the skills involved in becoming an effective mediator in parenting disputes.

Some of the many components in this training include:

  • how to talk about child custody and visitation
  • distress and disorder: emotional aspects of separation and divorce
  • screening for and addressing domestic violence
  • family systems: seeing the whole picture
  • the relation and bifurcation of child custody and child support
  • Maryland domestic relations law
  • child development theory: its use and abuse in custody cases
  • parenting plans for very young children
  • the “50/50” myth
  • enmeshed mothers and entitled fathers
  • removal and relocation
  • special needs and concerns
  • writing good parenting agreements

A distinctive feature of this training is extensive use of videotapes for instruction, including tapes of actual mediations. The workshop includes role-plays so that each participant can practice and develop his/her skills.

What Credentials Will I Earn?

For Maryland residents, this workshop will meet the 20-hour requirement for child custody mediation and child access mediation training under Rule 17-106(b) of the Court of Appeals in Maryland for those wishing to be approved as access mediators.

A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, will be issued to you upon successful completion of and full attendance at the training course.

Who are the Faculty for the Course?

“We pride ourselves in our high quality workshop that will be led by Carl Schneider, Ph.D. andAudrey M. Yowell, Ph. D., M.S.S.S.“.

Experienced mediators will assist with individual coaching for participants in small group role plays so you can practice and integrate new skills.

What Should I Read Beforehand?

We recommend the following book:

impasses_of_divorce Impasses of Divorce: The dynamics and resolution of family conflict, by Janet Johnston and Linda Campbell (Free Press, l998, $20)

Reading this beforehand will help you make better use of the workshop. Copies will also be available for purchase at the workshop.


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Mediation Matters provides mediation services with flexible hours, a co-mediation team, and lower costs. Mediation Matters has also provided skilled training of mediators for more than 30 years. We serve the Washington D.C. area, Maryland, and Northern Virginia communities, including Montgomery County, Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Boyds, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, College Park, Darnestown, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Garrett Park, Germantown, Glen Echo, Greenbelt, Kensington, Laurel, North Bethesda, Olney, Poolesville, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Wheaton, Prince George’s County, District Heights, Fort Washington, Largo, Temple Hills, Upper Marlboro, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Reston, Shirlington, and Vienna.
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