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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.

Advanced Family and Divorce Mediation Training

Under Standards Adopted by the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and Texas State Statute.

Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso is the course coordinator and lead instructor. Eleven distinguished lecturers complete the faculty~

Click here to register for the Advanced Family and Divorce Mediation course



Minimum course time: **30 hours

Effort to incorporate Academy of Family Mediators requirements, including the following identified outcomes-

  1. Awareness of theories and current research and literature underlying conflict and its resolution, and their applicability to family mediation;
  2. Ability to screen for appropriateness of mediation, including knowledge and ability to screen for domestic violence and an awareness of appropriate response(s) when domestic violence or its potential has been identified;
  3. Awareness of the consequences of separation/divorce for adults and children;
  4. Ability to work with the substantive information encountered in separation/divorce mediation;
  5. Ability to facilitate problem-solving between the parties, especially in the areas of divorce including, but not limited to, parenting, support, division of assets/liabilities, insurance, tax filing, and the like; and
  6. Ability to recognize when the assistance of other professionals might be helpful to the mediation process and to facilitate this discussion with the parties.

Below are the six main topics covered:

I.Family Law

  1. Overview of legal system and terms relating to family law
    1. History and evolution of legal rights of parents
    2. Parentage (never married parents)
    3. Suits affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR)
    4. Dissolution of marriage
    5. Adult guardianship
  2. Allocation of resources
    1. Itemization, characterization, valuation and division of assets and liabilities
    2. Finances
    3. Taxes
  3. Parenting Plans
    1. Conservatorship
    2. Parental rights and duties
    3. Parental access
    4. Child support
    5. Non-parental access (grandparents, etc.)
    6. Special issues of children with disabilities

II.Family Dynamics

  1. Family Systems
  2. Blended Families
  3. Psychological aspects of divorce and parenting

III.Child Development

  1. Stages of development
  2. Impact and response to divorce

IV. Family Violence

  1. Screening
  2. Impact of statutory requirements
  3. Dynamics. of family violence patterns, including power imbalances
  4. Effect of family violence on children
  5. Child abuse
  6. Substance abuse
  7. Stalking
  8. Protective orders
  9. Reporting laws and procedures
  10. Anger management
  11. Mediation safety plans, including caucus models
  12. Violent children

V.  Practice Considerations

  • Ethics
  • Agreement memorialization
  • Unauthorized practice of law (UPL)
  • Pro se cases
  • Enforcement
  • Styles-of-mediation through Self-awareness
  • Impact of cultural differences
  • Marketing tips and considerations

VI.  Skills

  1. Communication
  2. Relationship-building
  3. Information gathering
  4. Problem solving
  5. Conflict resolution theory
  6. Referrals to professional support services (such as, social study/psychological evaluation,
    therapy, parenting education program, anger management counseling, family violence shelter,
    certified financial planning, certified public accountancy, etc.)

Role Play: Includes demonstrations, role-plays, and debriefing.

*    Adopted September 11, 2000
**     Note that TMTR, in agreement with other national and state organizations using the standards promoted by ACR, has raised the number of required hours to accommodate the need for training on domestic violence and to raise the time spent on role-play


Dr. Barbara Sunderland Manousso, Ph.D., MPH
Texas Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
Certified Collaborative Law Mediator
Professor at the University of St. Thomas – Center for International Studies-Global Conflict Management
Chair of the Health Care Section of the International Association for Conflict Resolution
Past President of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
Parenting Coordinator
Member of the University of Texas Consortium on Aging
Board Member of the Houston Gerontology Society

Melissa Back, J.D., Mediator, Arbitrator
Mediator, Arbitrator, Attorney, Adjunct Professor at the
University of St. Thomas – Center for International Studies in Global Conflict Management
Board Member and President-elect of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
Member of the Texas Mediators Trainers Roundtable
EEOC Mediator
Texas Credentialed Mediator

Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator

Lori LaConta, Esq., MBA, Mediator, Arbitrator
Texas Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
Certified Arbitrator
Professor in Conflict Management
President of Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA) Houston Chapter
Past-President of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter

American Arbitration Association panelist
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services

Board Member of the Texas Association of Mediators

Judge Josefina Rendon, J.D., Mediator
Former Harris County District Civil Court 165
City of Houston Municipal Judge
Texas Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
Past President of the Texas Association of Mediators

President-elect of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter

Dr. J. Scott Creighton
Mediator – Arbitrator

Texas Credentialed Mediator

Zak Patel, J.D.
Ethics Specialist, Arbitrator, and Mediator
Texas Credentialed Mediator
Board Certified Attorney in Real Estate

Rita Burns, Ph.D.
Certified Ombudsperson and Mediator

Esteban Mayer, Mediator
Cultural Diversity Specialist

Cindy Chilcote, MSW and Mediator, Arbitrator
Specialist in Parenting Plans and Memorandum of Understanding
Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator

Don Tomlinson, J.D., Mediator, Arbitrator
Former Ethics Professor at Texas A & M, Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator

Randall Butler, J.D., President of ACR – Houston Chapter
Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Peace
Past President of the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
Texas Credentialed Mediator