Certificate in Family Mediation

This course will provide you with the skill set needed to become a Family Mediator. In this comprehensive course, you will receive training in the Mediators Without Borders INACCORD® conflict resolution model. You will learn special skills necessary for mediating familial disputes and parent-child issues, including niche topics such as disagreements with aging family members and probate and estate conflicts. Upon successful completion, Mediators Without Borders will award you four individual...

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6 Months / 240 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES430

What you will learn

  • Articulate the use of the INACCORD? Conflict Analysis model for use family mediation
  • Examine the Three Phases and Four Stages of the InAccord? model
  • Explore the pre-interview and post interview phases of the INACCORD? mediation as applied to family disputes
  • Apply the Touchstone Skills of questioning, reflecting, and reframing to simulated mediation cases
  • Apply INACCORD? surveys to simulated cases and analyze the results
  • Examine ways the conflict is generated in families
  • Understand theories related to family systems and apply concepts to common disputes
  • Understand the mental and physical effects of aging and its effects on families
  • Examine probate and estate disputes and how mediation helps bring resolution
  • Explore family business disputes and apply mediation to their resolution

How you will benefit

  • Prepare yourself to work in a legal office, on a human resources team, or in private family mediation practice
  • Settle disputes between people and receive the personal satisfaction of creating a more functional environment

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
  1. InAccord Mediation Certificate
    1. Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution
    2. Overview of INACCORD® Conflict Analysis Model
    3. Phases and Stages of the INACCORD® Conflict Analysis Model
    4. The Touchstone Skills Part I
    5. The Touchstone Skills Part II
    6. Crafting the Memorandum of Agreement
    7. Special Issues In Mediation
    8. Legal Processes and Ethics
  2. InAccord Applied Practice
    1. INACCORD® Conflict Analysis in Practice
    2. Touchstone Skills in Practice
    3. INACCORD® Demo Practice
    4. Facilitating INACCORD® Phase Two, Stage 1 Interventions
    5. Facilitating the INACCORD® Caucus
    6. INACCORD® Phase Two, Stages 2 & 3 Interventions
    7. INACCORD® Phase Two, Stage 4 Interventions
    8. Ethical Dilemmas and Mitigation
  3. Family Mediation
    1. Common Conflicts in Families
    2. Family Mediation Skills
    3. Systems Theory and Families
    4. Parents and Children
    5. Mediating Disputes Around Aging
    6. Family Business Mediation
    7. Estate and Probate Mediation
    8. Ethics

Brian Luther is a Colorado licensed attorney and certified mediator and arbitrator. He has more than 15 years of mediation and dispute resolution experience. He spent eight years supervising and mentoring attorneys at LexisNexis, a leading legal research corporation and over five years as Lead Trainer and Internship Supervisor for Mediators Without Borders. Luther presides as an impartial Hearing Officer for the City of Longmont, Colorado and was just appointed as an alternate board member for the City of Longmont Board of Adjustments & Appeals. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a law degree from the New England School of Law.

Prerequisites:

You must be able to use a browser and Microsoft Word to complete the assignments and navigate the online campus. You should have basic computer skills and be comfortable navigating the Internet and using email. You must be willing to learn to write at a professional level in order to generate contracts and fulfill various written tasks related to mediation and restorative justice.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • In Justice, INACCORD
  • Touchstone Skills
  • Handbook of Family Mediation

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, this course prepares you to sit for the InAccord Certified Mediator and Arbitrator exam. The exam is one of three parts to certification. The other requirements are role play practice which you will log as part of your applied practice course and the submission of surveys and other documentation from ten volunteer or live cases.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded individual certificates of completion for each course and an overall certificate for the course completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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