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Upcoming 2017 Classes

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 18.25 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Sunday, April 23rd, from 6 PM until 8 PM, Monday, April 24th, 8 AM until 6:30 PM, and Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Advanced Mediation (Family-Divorce-Child Custody) Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
30 hours-MCLE/CEU 26.75 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Thursday to Saturday, April 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017

Arbitration Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
9 hours-MCLE/CEU 8 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM

Basic Mediation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
40 hours-MCLE/CEU 36.5 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Tuesday to Friday, June 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2017

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 16.75 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

Friday and Saturday, July 28th and 29th, 2017

Basic, Advance, and Elder Mediation classes meet daily from 8 AM until 6:30 PM. Parenting and Arbitration classes meet as scheduled in your advance materials. Prices are on pay tuition page; click on logo or tab. Venue information will be emailed about a week before the selected training. Classes are held at hotels in the Galleria-Uptown area. If you don't get advance materials emailed to you within two days of the training, please call 713/840-0828.

Laredo! Our New Mediation Center, Resolve!

Laredo! Our New Mediation Center, Resolve!

Our newest mediation center is open in Laredo, Texas. Judge Josefina Rendon and I will speak on Friday, April 21st, to distinguished guests. judges, attorneys, and government officials.

Barbara Manousso trained me as a mediator. Her class was easy to follow, practical, and provided real-world information that has helped me tremendously in my mediation practice. As an example,

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  Barbara advocates breaking away from “shuttle diplomacy,” which is commonly used in mediating court cases. “Shuttle diplomacy” consists of the parties in two different rooms, and the mediator simply moves back and forth. Barbara helped me feel comfortable trying a more modern approach to mediation: one where both parties stay in the same room for as long as possible to brainstorm possible solutions to their own problems. Barbara also started and ended her class promptly, and she delivers what she promises. I would recommend Barbara and her classes to anyone who would like to improve their conflict resolution skills – whether in the workplace, their family life, or in court battles.”
Heather Kubiak J.D.,and now mediator

For the best in mediation training, select a mediation training program with proven leadership and lecturers with academic credentials and professional standing, like the staff of Manousso Mediation.  Make sure that your trainers meet the qualifications for professional mediation organizations or you won’t be getting a quality training and often won’t be accepted into the mediation community.

Basic Mediation is an intensive training that complies with both Texas Civil Practice & Remedy Code Ann. and

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the Texas Mediation Training Roundtable’s requirements for mediation training. This course is designed to satisfy the 40 classroom hours of training required to mediate court-referred disputes as indicated in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act § 154.052, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann.
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MCLE:CEU 36.50, 4 ethics

Arbitration Training is for individuals, mediators, attorneys, and judges, who want to hear a case and write an opinion for the parties. This is an authoritative ADR process that takes into

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account your special interests and talents. This training meets the requirements for the Texas Comptroller’s Office for Tax Arbitrators’ annual CEU, since it offered under the sponsorship of Barnham Graduate Studies and Seminary and the Houston Better Business Bureau.
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MCLE:CEU 8, 3 in ethics

Parenting Coordinators and Facilitators assist the family courts by providing mediation for high conflict couples who need guidance in child custody issues and scheduling.

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The Coordinators and Facilitators are appointed by judges and paid by the families according to state statutes.
Course Info
MCLE:CEU 16.75, 4 in ethics

Advanced is the next step in training, the course for family, child custody, and divorce mediation skills

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, as required by Texas State Statute to mediate family court-referred and pro se disputes, as well as private divorce and child custody cases, with or without representation by attorneys, as indicated in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act § 154.052, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. This certificate course of 30 hours of training covers family law, family dynamics, child development, family violence, practice considerations, theory, replete with skill building exercises and role-plays. Prerequisite: Basic (40 hours) Mediation (Courses can be taken out of order, but not recommended.  This is a content based training with role plays.)
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MCLE:CEU 26.75, 3 ethics

Elder and Adult Care Mediation is twenty hours of training in standards of care and communication that will benefit social workers, hospice workers, 

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 nursing home administrators, certified public accountants, guardians, lawyers, and mediators who seek to expand their careers and reinforce their resumes. This program has been approved for CEUs by the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation.
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MCLE:CEU 18.25, 4 in ethics

Manousso Mediation Services include:

  • Family and Divorce Mediation
  • Commercial Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution Coaching


The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter invites you to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Leaders in Conflict Resolution on Sunday, 17 September 2017, at the Jr. League of Houston


Special guest speakers, Drs. Joseph Folger and Barach Bush,
authors and theorists of The Promise of Mediation

For tickets, sponsorships, and more information, go to

Click here to donate to Waldenstrom’s, the cancer John has had over 22 years.

John and I will walk in the First Walk for Waldenstrom’s in Phoenix on May 21st, 2017.

Mediator Makes U.S. News & World Report’s List of Best Careers since 2006. U.S. News considered job satisfaction, training difficulty, prestige, job market outlook, and quality pay as keys to its ranking.

Check out these Websites for career opportunities in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediation and Arbitration.

There are many job search engines that look for mediators and arbitrators or require conflict management skills, verified by a basic mediation certificate.

Take our basic mediation training and enhance your resume. Perhaps, start your next career path!

Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso talks about Elder and Adult Care Mediation with radio host from 50Plus, Doug Pike, on KPRC radio.

Podcast taped March 2016.


Dr. Manousso applauded in Houston Woman Magazine, April 2016
Article on Elder and Family Mediation and Arbitration!

Our new mediation center opened April 2017 in Laredo, Texas!