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Click here for tuition and special discounts, like early bird and active college student. Or call, Dr. Barbara Manousso at 713/557-1010.

ZOOM live: we are doing business, family, and divorce mediations and some interactive/real time course training.  Online/virtual training is only being done during our COVID pandemic.  All online students are encouraged to attend our in person residential training after the pandemic for no extra charge.  Call us at (713)557-1010 text/talk!

For the best in mediation training, select a mediation training program with proven leadership and lecturers who identify themselves with academic credentials and professional standing, like the staff of Manousso Mediation.

Make sure that your trainers meet the qualifications for professional mediation organizations, such as Texas Mediators Trainers Round Table (TMTR) and Texas Credentialing Association, or you won’t be getting a quality training.

Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC. is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE, as well as other professional organizational CEU for LPC and HR.

Arbitration Training ONLINE with ZOOM: live and interactive
9.5 hours. ($550) Earn MCLE/CEU 9 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Houston: Friday, December 4th, 2020, 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

Basic Mediation Training ZOOM LIVE and INTERACTIVE

40 hours. ($975) Earn MCLE/CEU 40 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR, includes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR training):
Our next class will start on Wednesday, November 18th, 19th, 20th, no Sunday, November 22nd, 2020, 10 AM to 6:30 PM daily.

Since COVID shutdown, all classes must be an online, but it is a live, interactive program, all students will have the opportunity, at no charge, to retake all or part of this training in person, in residence, when health conditions permit. ONLINE is NOT the best practice in mediation training, but we are trying to accommodate our lockdown time.

Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
30 hours. ($795) Earn MCLE/CEU 30 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, October 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2020, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.

New: Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria, four (4) hours for ($150). (This Domestic Violence training is INCLUDED in the Advance Family 30 hours of training above.) If you have taken the 30 hours of Advance Family training and only need this course, then register under Advance Training dropdown button
Held in Houston on Friday, October 30th, 2020, from 1 PM until 5:00 PM. ZOOM live-interactive. Please send an email note with your name to with Subject: Domestic Violence Certificate

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training $525, ZOOM Live and Interactive to accommodate COVID-19: Sign up for this and Advance Family at the same time and use the early bird discount (SAVE $$$) for both classes
18 hours-MCLE/CEU 18 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Friday and Saturday, September 18th and 19th, 2020, 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, daily. This class fills quickly.

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training ($600), specially discounted for family mediators. If you have questions, ask. Classes are held ONLINE until COVID reduction permits in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 20 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Thursday, October 8th, 1 PM to 5 PM, Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, 2020, from 10 AM until 7:00 PM

Note our NO refund policy, once you have committed to a training. You can always reschedule online classes.

Handicap accessible training venue.

Texas Justice Center for Mediation and Arbitration in Bellaire off I-610 West Loop.

Ranch Office Conference Room and Virtual Office

Ranch Office Conference Room and Virtual Office

Heights Mediation Center


The Texas Mediation Center in Bellaire and Heights Mediation Center are modern, well located, facilities to proudly invite your mediation and arbitration clients.

See brochure.

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
2018 LifeTime Achievement Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter
Fellow of the World Mediation Association
Professor at the University of St. Thomas – Center for International Studies-Global Conflict Management
Former Chair of the Health Care Section of the International Association for Conflict Resolution
Former Chair of the Workplace Section of the International Association for Conflict Resolution
Former Chair of the Education, Research, and Training 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
President-elect of the Texas Association of Mediators
Board Member and former President 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
Immediate Past President of the Texas Association of Mediators
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

Patricia Barrett, CFP, CDFA, Mediator
Certified Financial Planner
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Patricia Barrett is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. She is also a trained, experienced mediator.  For 15 years, she has been self-employed, working with individuals considering or going through divorce to help them to analyze their future financial security and reach a settlement.  She creates a unique set of tables to illustrate a budget, tax situation, and 20-year long-term cash flow to analyze future financial security. This is invaluable to one who is unsure of whether to keep the house or whether they will be okay financially.  While she works with many attorneys in the Houston area to guide their clients through the financial side of the divorce litigation, she also offers “Cooperative Divorce”, where she helps them avoid litigation. She acts as a neutral to help them settle the finances smoothly. She then co-mediates with a family law attorney to assure that their legal questions are answered. This helps the couple shorten the process, saving many thousands of dollars as they resolve the division of assets before employing an attorney to handle the paperwork.

Prior to forming her own company, she worked for a Houston Trust Company as the Manager of their Financial Planning Department.  Patricia presents seminars to the public, therapist organizations, financial organizations, CPAs, attorneys and divorce support groups to educate them in financial and divorce issues.  She is an instructor for Manousso Mediation’s Advanced Family Mediation Training quarterly. She also speaks for the Guide to Good Divorce series given by prominent Houston attorney, Trey Yates.


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