Family Mediation Skills

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training.

Mediating family matters requires the ability to help parties move forward by identifying and building common ground. This workshop looks at family systems, the mediation of divorce, separation, custody and support matters, and related laws. This workshop prepares participants for the family mediation arena, where a high level of specialized expertise is expected by clients, judges, and attorneys.

Note: Fulfills the basic family mediation training requirements for the Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family Certifications.


Course Agenda

Day 1

Family systems and the effects of divorce
Divorce mediation overview
Overview of divorce and separation
Client intakes, orientation and storytelling
Participant role-play #1
Mediating parenting arrangements

Day 2

Understanding domestic violence in the context of mediation
Participant role-play #2
Mediating support issues
Participant role-play #3
Child support guidelines and deviations

Day 3

Mediation statutes
Participant role-play #4
Memorandum/agreement writing


About the Instructor

Kathey J. Foskett

Ms. Foskett is an internationally recognized mediator, trainer of mediators, coach, facilitator and consultant in conflict management and subjects related to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and other workplace conflict and employee relations.  Ms. Foskett is certified as a mentor mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court with an Advanced Certificate and holds Advanced Practitioner status with the Association for Conflict Resolution.  She is a certified CTI trained Co-Active Coach with ACC certification through the International Coaches Federation. She is a certified user of the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) and DiSC.

Ms. Foskett is a highly experienced professional who serves as a senior trainer for Virginia Supreme Court certified basic and advanced mediation programs.  She also provides mentoring, supervision, and consultation to mediators preparing for initial Supreme Court certification as well as for established mediators.   In addition, Ms. Foskett has provided thousands of hours of training for numerous government and private sector agencies and professionals in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mediation, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Resolution, Interest-based Negotiation and Communication Skills for Managers, Supervisors and Non-Supervisors.

Ms. Foskett has more than twenty-five years of experience and has mediated hundreds of EEO and other workplace disputes for federal and state agencies.

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