Reaching Mutual Understanding and Durable Resolutions

40 HOURS (24 hrs + 16 hrs)
Approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution —Family Section

INSTRUCTORS:  Nancy J. Foster, J.D. and Jessica Notini, J.D.

DATES :   March 27 - 31, 2017 and October 23-27, 2017 (9 a.m. –6 p.m. each day)

    Muir Woods Room at Rafael North Executive Park

   175 North Redwood Drive

   San Rafael, CA 94903

   (20 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge )

  $1425 for 5-day course; $875 for 3-day course; $625 for 2-day course*

   *Permission of instructors required if attending only last 2 days.

Early registration:

For March 5-day course: $1225 if paid by 2/13/17; $1325 if paid by 2/27/17.

For October 5-day course: $1225 if paid by 9/11/17; $1325 if paid by 9/25/17

CE CREDITS:   Approved by ACR Family Section (40 hrs)

5-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 37.5 hours

3-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 22.5 hours

2-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 15 hours

Learn to mediate with skill and heart. Two dynamic master mediators share their knowledge, experience and philosophies about guiding parties to better understanding and durable resolutions. Practical skill-building grounded in theory and research. Lectures, demonstrations, exercises and role plays. Extensive manual with forms included. Participants may attend one or both parts of the course.


The first 3 days will focus on Essentials of Mediation,
with reference to both family and business contexts, including:
  • Psychology of conflict and conflict management
  • Power and working with power imbalances
  • Models of conflict resolution
  • Ethics of mediation
  • Elements and phases of a mediation
  • Drafting agreements
  • Reframing hostile communication
  • Assertion and structuring skills
  • Neutrality
  • Negotiation theory and practice
  • Listening and empathy skills
  • Effective questions
  • The last 2 days will focus on Divorce Mediation,
    exclusively, focusing on:
  • Psychology of divorce
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Parenting and custody agreements
  • Child, spousal and family support
  • Domestic violence and mediation
  • Role of family law in mediation
    All who would like to develop mediation skills, including therapists, attorneys, human resource professionals, managers, health care providers, religious leaders, educators, and consultants.


    "Jessica and Nancy make a great teaching team. Their knowledge is complementary and both are engaging, committed teachers. The five-day course was a pleasure to attend."

    "I learned so much about communication skills."

    "I truly thought that you were marvelous. This course was so well planned, the time went by for me without a moment of boredom. I don't think my mind wandered once. When I got back to my office, I realized how much more conscious I was of the things that I was saying to my clients. I began to think about neutrality and bias, about empathy, about control, about what my role was in relation to the people that I see in therapy. I supervise a group of therapists and I found that things that I had learned in the course were, fairly stomping, into the supervision."

    "Nancy and Jessica were an excellent team
    ...same interactive style
    ...personalities form a wonderful combination
    ...tremendous respect for human strength as well as frailty
    ...liked the fact that vantage points were different
    ...worked smoothly together
    ...their sense of humor was a great asset."

    About Nancy Foster
    "Easy, calm, smart, personable, cooperative, good sense of humor."
    "Very clear, well organized, kind, practiced what she preached, nonjudgmental."
    "Great stamina! Knows her field."
    "Terrific teaching style—great demonstrations of reframing and empathy."

    About Jessica Notini
    "Enthusiastic, smart, quick to either give examples or draw us out."
    "Very clear and well organized, knowledgeable. Used humor very well.
    "Great energy."
    "Wonderful teacher."

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