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Basic Mediation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
40 hours. ($975) MCLE/CEU 36.5 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR, TX, includes ADR:Tax Arbitration
March 21, 22, 23, 24, 2018, Wednesday to Saturday

Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
30 hours. ($795) MCLE/CEU 26.75 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Tuesday to Thursday, May 8, 9, 10, 2018

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training ($525) in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria: Sign up for this and Advance Family at the same time and use the early bird discount for both classes
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 16.75 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th, 2018

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training ($750) in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 18.25 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd, from 8:15 AM until 6:45 PM

Arbitration Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
9.5 hours. ($550) MCLE/CEU 8 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Houston: Friday, March 16th, 2018, 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM.

New: Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria, four (4) hours for ($150). Register at Seat Registration, Pay Tuition - (red left hand of page)
Held in Houston on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, from 1 PM until 5:00 PM. Call for location. Please send an email note with ~ Subject: Certificate ~ to and say for Domestic Violence training.

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 MoreTestimonials

Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC, proudly supports many non-profit organizations with almost 50 percentage of each student’s tuition.  The Houston Area Woman’s Center is one of our favorite charities, as noted in the 2017 HAWC Leadership campaign by Dr. Manousso.  Other charities include the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Trinity Children, Children’s Assessment Center, CASA, Brown University, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Texas Association of Mediators, Association of Families and Concillation Courts (AFCC), Texas Association for Attorneys and Mediators, and many more.

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.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations for a full refund less a $50 service fee must be received in writing 3 weeks prior to the seminar. Thereafter, no refund will be provided. Registrations are transferrable to another person for the course.  There is no refund, if Manousso Mediation needs to reschedule a training.


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.

Course  Info
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.

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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. To hear about elder mediation, go to AARP radio interview.

Course Info
MCLE:CEU 18.25, 4 in ethics
AARP 2017 Radio Interview with Dr. Manousso

Manousso Mediation Services include:

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


Coming events for Manousso Mediation and Arbitration

New:  The Legislature now requires four hours of domestic violence training in order to conduct any family mediations.
If you have taken any of our family trainings, you have exceeded this
as stated on your certificates.
However, if you trained elsewhere, you might not have the four hours of domestic violence training.
Therefore, Manousso Mediation is offering four hours of domestic violence training on
February 6th at 1 PM in the Houston Uptown-Galleria area for $100.
To register, go to the Pay Tuition page and commit on the left hand side for seat reservation and payment.  
Make sure that you add a note that you will be in the DV training.

Dr. Barbara Manousso and Melissa Back McAlpine lectured at the
Association for Conflict Resolution International
conference in Dallas, Texas on October 11, 2017.


 H.S. student Bowen Mei  !

the 2017 Manousso Mediation and Arbitration Scholar
Bowen Mei, a new ADR professional, is a rising senior from Stephen F. Austin HS in Fort Bend ISD. His extracurricular activities
include the Chess Club, Computer Association, and Model United Nations chapter, as well as playing badminton and basketball recreationally. His future plan is to attend college at UT at Austin or Rice University as a computer science major.

Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC selects an outstanding student annually to train as a
mediator and arbitrator to 
complement their career path with conflict management skills and solutions.



The Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter invites you to the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Leaders in Conflict Resolution.  Due to Harvey, this has been RESCHEDULED for April 2018, at the Jr. League of Houston

Special guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Folger 
co-author and international theorist of The Promise of Mediation


Dr. Folger will personally conduct a Transformative Mediation Master Class
This has been also rescheduled until April 2018

For tickets, sponsorships, and more information, go to

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 and arbitration trainings 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!