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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:Wednesday, October 7th, 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 be held July 8th, 2020. From July 8th until July 14th, 2020.

Since COVID shutdown, this must be an online, but live, interactive class, 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
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday, July 16th, 17th, 18th, and 20th, 2020, 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, NOTE TIME ADJUSTMENT!.

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, July 17th, 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.

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
Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, 2020, from 8:30 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.

Senior husband and wife over 70 years later
What is Elder Care and Adult Mediation?

Mediation is a structured, although informal process where the mediator, a neutral trained professional, helps the parties involved identify and discuss issues of mutual concern.  The process is confidential and voluntary.  When necessary, the parties might request the professional services of accountants, financial planners, geriatric social workers, religious leaders, and lawyers.  These professional advisors often include caregivers, such as nursing home administrators, physicians, and nurses, in addition to the elder and other interested family members.


How does mediation differ from family therapy, a court decision, or a talk with a social worker?
Mediation is process to move the family forward with a legally binding agreement with the assistance of a well-trained mediator whose tools help the parties become the architects of their solutions.

Why choose mediation?
Family dynamics are complicated.  They have taken years to evolve and they are further compounded by the transitions inherent in the changing lifestyle, relationships and needs of an elder.  Family disputes that have been simmering for years often can obscure the best intentions of all involved.  Mediation enables proactive families to have good discussions and opportunities to resolve conflict that potentially could tear them apart financially and emotionally.  In mediated family meetings, everyone has the opportunity to privately explore the needs and feelings of all involved and to deal rationally with the problems and issues under discussion outside of a courtroom.  The family knows what is best for them and mediation gives them the vehicle to make their own best decisions.
Who is the mediator?
Barbara Manousso, Ph.D.(ABD), M.P.H. has been mediating elder care issues for over ten years.  She has been a professional mediator since 1993 and has earned the Credentialed Distinguished from the Texas Certified Mediators Association.  She is an international trainer and popular lecturer on elder issues.  Her articles have appeared in professional journals.  She is also a National Certified Guardian and Texas Certified Guardian.

Mediations are held at her Houston facility in Uptown, at nursing facilities, and parties’ homes, where ever it is convenient for the senior to participate.

We also have a wonderful panel of mediators to choose from.  Their bios and rates will be coming soon.  In the meantime, Barbara Manousso will help you match your motivation and budget with our team.

How are mediated agreements made?
Mediated agreements are the result of shared decision-making by the family for the family. With the help of a trained mediator, the process is cooperative, not adversarial, and leaves all decision making in the hands of the participants.
When is mediation appropriate?
Mediation is an appropriate forum for resolving any conflict where the parties involved participate voluntarily in the confidential process and are motivated to develop an agreement that improves their situation.
Is mediation right for your family?
If you are grappling with issues related to an elder’s financial responsibilities, capacity to make important decisions, or arrangements regarding daily living and assistance needs, mediation probably is the right road for you.  Mediation lets you design realistic, workable solutions that preserve family relationships and emotional health.
Next steps
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from structured assistance in family decision making, contact Manousso Mediation at (713)840-0828.  We will discuss your situation with you to understand the scope of the issues and the other parties whom you think should be involved.  Following this, the other identified parties will be contacted for some further discussion, basic information gathering, and scheduling of the mediation process.

We recommend beginning the mediation process before a crisis occurs to ensure that thoughtful well-considered strategies for dealing with life transitions are put in place. Mediation can strengthen family ties and enable all family members to deal with the changing nature of their relationships in a way that provides peace of mind and leaves
them with no regrets in the future.


Mediation is very cost effective if it saves the filing of lawsuit.  It not only saves money, but it saves time.  Court proceedings can take years to get resolved.  A mediation can be held within a few days, sometimes hours, depending on the urgency of the situation.  In most cases, the parties divide the hourly cost among themselves.  Sometimes, one family member handles the whole payment.

People ask, what will this cost.  The real question is what will the cost be if you don’t do mediation!  Answer: It all depends on the motivation of the parties to participate in good faith.  Generally, the cost will be about $900, divided by all the family members at the table, for up to four hours of mediation.  Most family disputes and conversations are resolved in one session.  Mediation is usually not a repeat process unless there are many time involved issues, which is rare.  Sometimes, the parent or one sibling pays.  Our best practice is when all the attendees (parties) each contribute to this rate as best that they can.  There is validity to having skin in the game!

When family members are around the world, we can bring them into the process with ZOOM and have them in the room to be seen and heard on our screen, just as though they were seated at the table. The online parties don’t need to be tech savvy.  We do all the work, and they click the link that we send them.  We can also bring people to the table by phone, but we prefer to see them than just hear.