Divorce Mediation Training: What Mediators Need to Know

Training Overview:

Family disputes often involve complex legal issues and highly emotional entanglements between disputing parties. Such cases present mediators with challenges that require a wide range of skills. This Advanced Divorce Mediation Training is designed for both the novice and the experienced mediator to consider and discuss the challenges unique to mediating the family law case. Note: this training requires that participants have a basic working knowledge of the facilitative mediation process.

The goal of this training is to help mediators develop the skills necessary to guide a divorcing couple through the complex legal process required to complete a California divorce.

Training Format and Location:

The training consists of a series of four 7-hour sessions covering the various component of a divorce judgment and provides mediation practice in each area. Additional topics include working with high conflict couples, screening for appropriateness, ethical considerations. The training will be held in-person at OC Human Relations office in Santa Ana, CA with snacks provided each day. In addition, participants will receive a 200+ page Training Manual and Resource Binder.

Training Cost & Registration:

The full cost for the training is $960.00. Discounts/refunds adding up to $420.00 are available for Orange County DRPA volunteers and/or early registration. An additional refund of $300 is also available for those who volunteer in OCHR’s divorce mediation program post-training.

Contact Kathryn Price for more information. Email [email protected] or call 714.480.6581.

Additional Opportunities to Gain Practical Experience:

Upon completion of the complete Divorce Mediation Training Series (or demonstration of comparable training from another source),  mediators are eligible become a volunteer mediator in OCHR’s Voluntary Settlement Conference Program in the OC Superior Courts. Volunteer mediators are able to practice and develop their divorce mediation skills through participation in real-life cases in a mentored setting. Applicants accepted to the volunteer program must commit to being available a minimum of once a week for a 4-hour period during daytime weekday hours (8am-5pm) for a minimum of six months. Individuals with bilingual abilities are particularly encouraged to participate in the volunteer program.