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There are many answers below with training dates and fees.  Or call!

Click here for tuition and special discounts, like our 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 with interactive/real time course training  online.  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 and Arbitration, LLC: Solution2Conflict, who are actively engaged as practitioners and leaders in the mediation and ADR field.

Have you listened to Manousso Musing on PodCasts or YouTube?

Make sure that your trainers meet the qualifications for and are members of 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 of continuing education credits (CEU), approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE, as well as other professional organizations, such as CEU for CPA, LPC, and HR.

Arbitration Training ONLINE with ZOOM: live and interactive.

($550.00) Ask about special discounts.

Earn MCLE/CEU 10 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR on Friday, 12 April 2024, from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM, plus writing a brief opinion that will be explained in class.

Basic Mediation Training ZOOM LIVE and INTERACTIVE. 40 hours.

($975) Ask about special discounts.

Earn MCLE/CEU 40 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR, includes Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR training), handouts, and notebooks:

Our next class will start be from Wednesday to Friday, April 17, 18, 19, 2024, and then the next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23rd and 24th, 2024, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM daily.

All classes will be ZOOM live and interactive. Students must be ON CAMERA and attentive for the whole program for certificate and MCLE/CEU affirmative.

Advanced Mediation: Family-Divorce-Child Custody training live, interactive, on ZOOM. 30 hours.

($895) Ask about special discounts.

Earn MCLE/CEU 30 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR.

Class will be held from <Tuesday to Friday – on March 19, 20, 21, 22, 2024, from 10 AM to 6:00 PM.  Join the eleven lecturers and interactive class on ZOOM!
New: Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation
the four (4) hours required by Texas statute is yours for $150. (This Domestic Violence training is INCLUDED in our Advance Family 30 hours of training above.)

If you have taken the 30 hours of Advance Family training, but only need this DV-4 hours, then register under Advance Training drop-down ^ button.

If you are already an attorney or mediator who does not have the Texas Statute Required domestic violence (DV) training, you can take the DV only  class that will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 1 PM until 5:00 PM. Please send an email note with your name to with
Subject: Domestic Violence Certificate

Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training

($525) Ask about special discounts.

ZOOM live and interactive: Sign up for this and Advance Family at the same time and use the early bird discount (SAVE $$$) for both classes

16 hours-MCLE/CEU 16 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR

In 2024, Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, 2024, from 9:00AM until 5:30PM, daily.  >> AMICUS training: The PCF skills are excellent for Amicus attorneys in communicating with high conflict clients.

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training

($600), specially discounted for family mediators.

If you have questions, call (713)557-1010. Classes are held ZOOM live and interactive.

20 hours-MCLE/CEU 20 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR on Tuesday, May 7th, 1 PM to 5 PM, Wednesday, May 8th, from 10 am until 6:30 PM, Thursday, May 9th, 2024, from 10 AM until 6:30 PM

Note our NO refund policy, once you have paid for a training, but you can always reschedule online classes with a rescheduling fee of $150, if you cancel within 72 hours.

Our classes can be taken in any order, although you can’t mediate until you meet all the requirements of Texas statutes.

Classes will be held on ZOOM, so it is required for certificate attendance that students use a computer and remain on camera, ATTENTIVELY, for the duration of the training.  

Handicap accessible training venue: ZOOM live!

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 dedicated to ADR meetings, where you can 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.