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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.

Online, we are doing business, family, and divorce mediations and some interactive/real time course training.  Online 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 and often won’t be accepted into the mediation community.

Online trainings are not recognized by most mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) panels for basic, domestic violence, and family (divorce) mediation courses.

Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC. is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE.  Other professional organization CEU are also offered.

Basic Mediation Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
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 11th, 2020, is now a tentative in-class date because of the COVID-19. We are also looking at a hybrid program of online lecture/in-person roleplays. The early bird special is now available until June 15, 2020.

If this must be an online class, all students will have the opportunity at no charge to retake all or part of this training in person, in residence. ONLINE is NOT the best practice in mediation training, but we are trying to accommodate our lockdown time.

Arbitration Training in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
9.5 hours. ($550) Earn MCLE/CEU 9 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Houston:Friday, June 19th, 2020, 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM.

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 to Friday, July 15th, 16th, 17th, 2020, 8:30 AM until 7:00 PM, daily.

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. Call for location. Please send an email note to with Subject: Domestic Violence Certificate

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 (SAVE $$$) for both classes
18 hours-MCLE/CEU 18 and 4 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
NOTE DATE CHANGE DUE TO THE COVID-19: Friday and Saturday, June 12th and 13th, 2020, 8:30 AM until 6:00 PM, daily. This date is tentative for in-class training and might be offered online, weighing the health factors at the time.

Elder and Adult Family Mediation Training ($600), specially discounted for family mediators. If you have questions, ask. Classes are held in Houston’s Uptown-Galleria
20 hours-MCLE/CEU 20 and 3 in ethics for JD, CPA, LPC, SW, HR
Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th, 2020, from 8:30 AM until 7:00 PM

Note our refund policy, once you have committed to a training.

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.

Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator Certificate

Manousso Mediation is pleased to offer Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator Certificates.
18 MCLE/CEU and 4 in ethics approved by Texas Bar and offered.

Parenting Coordinators and Facilitators assist the family courts by providing mediation for high conflict couples who need guidance in child custody issues and scheduling. The Coordinators and Facilitators are appointed by judges and paid by the families according to Texas and state statutes in other states as well.

Parenting coordination and parenting facilitation are specialized mediation services offered to divorced, and divorcing, parents who need assistance in child-centered dispute resolution and custody issues, while developing and implementing workable parenting plans when parents are distracted by their high conflict relationship. Both services may be ordered for families through the court for these high conflict families and are codified in the Texas Family Code.

When parents have intense and prolonged inter-parental conflict, not only does it impair their ability to deal with each other, it distorts their ability to deal effectively with their children. This is very costly to the family in terms of money spent in litigation, emotional distress, and ineffective parenting. Money and time resources are distracted and usually wasted. Parenting coordination and parenting facilitation helps the parents and their child(ren) move forward to healthier and more satisfying decisions.

In some cases, the behavior of one or both parents may lead to the alienation of their children. Parenting coordinators and facilitators are often appointed by the family court to help families save money, to make quality decisions for the best interest of their children, and to keep their divorce child-centered in a win-win way.

Manousso Mediation’s parenting coordination and parenting facilitation training is designed to provide 16 hours of parenting coordination and parenting facilitation training, so that you can earn a certificate and serve as a parenting coordinator or facilitator in Texas, and many other states as their statutes allow, and covers the following objectives, as required by Texas family statute:

Learn tools for developing reasonable child-centered and custody options and the ethical challenges of parenting coordination and parenting facilitation;
Understand the roles and skills of parenting coordinators and parenting facilitators;
Better understand the dynamics and issues in co-parenting and the needs of parents and children within on high conflict families;
Study the development and evolution of parenting plans, parenting coordination, and parenting facilitation techniques.

Click here to register for the Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator course


Parenting Coordinator and Facilitator Course Curriculum: 16 hours

i. Texas State Laws governing Parenting Coordinator/Facilitator

ii. Coordinator/Facilitator Program Goals

iii. Coordinator/Facilitator Program Expectations

iv. Parenting Assessments/Risks

v. Grieving Cycle

vi. Risk Factors

vii. Good Parenting Skills

viii. Anger Management Skills

ix. Negotiating Skills

x. Parenting Plans

xi. Developing Parenting Plans

State of Texas Parenting Coordinator Training Requirements: No educational requirement

1) 40 hours dispute resolution techniques: Basic Mediation Course

2) 24/30 classroom hours of training in family dynamics, child development, family law and the law governing parenting coordination, and parenting coordination styles and procedures: Advance Family Certificate

3) 16 hours of training in the laws governing parenting coordination and parenting facilitation and the multiple
styles and procedures used in different models of service, includes the 8 hours of family violence dynamics.

State of Texas Parenting Facilitator Training Requirements: Must have at least a Master’s level* or J.D.
1) 40 hours dispute resolution techniques: Basic Mediation Course

2) 24 classroom hours of training in family dynamics, child development, and family law: Advance Med Certificate

3) 16 hours of training in the laws governing parenting coordination and parenting facilitation and the multiple
styles and procedures used in different models of service, includes the 8 hours of family violence dynamics.

It is the same training for a coordinator or facilitator. Your level of education
will determine whether you will be a coordinator or facilitator.

Some courts will only use coordinators, since it is a 100% confidential process, while some courts want only facilitators, since the mediator might become a witness. Most courts use a combination of mediators – facilitators and coordinators, depending on the case.

Being only a coordinator is not a lesser version, only another classification and requirement of process.

*Your master’s degree must be in a discipline that involves families, psychology, social work, or the like.


Shawn Edwards, Esq. is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider for Parenting Coordination, Parenting Facilitation; mediator and facilitator in civil litigation; domestic/family relations; technology and electronic discovery. A licensed attorney since 1995, her experience is in family law, civil litigation, and managing complex litigation. Ms. Edwards presented on the topic of Parent Coordination and Facilitation for the Texas Association of Mediators conference in the Woodlands (February 2012) and is scheduled to speak at the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts conference in New Orleans (September 2012) and the Creativity and Madness conference in Hong Kong (March 2013).
CEU and MCLE will be offered for this certificate.

Toni Jo Lindstrom, M.A., L.P.C. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice for over 20 years working with individuals, families, school districts, family courts, and other mental health care providers to build healthier, happier families. She developed The Right Track© program – a behavioral directed approach which teaches divorcing or split parents how to remain child focused in a simple, straight-forward manner. Now retired, Ms. Lindstrom teaches Parent Coordination/Parent Facilitation courses, lectures worldwide, and mentors Parent Coordinators and Parent Facilitators in their first year of practice.Retired.



Dr. Scott Creighton is a professional mediator and arbitrator. He graduated Nova Southeastern University with his Doctorate (Psy.D.) and Masters (MS) in Clinical Psychology (1990). He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts (1990 – 1992), and appointed Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School (1990 – 1994). He served later as adjunct faculty at Wheelock College and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He practiced privately as a psychologist from 1994 – 2012, working individually/collectively with families, schools, youth, parents, educators, prominent public officials and international celebrity figures to address matters solely related to psychological functioning (assessment, treatment and aspects of prevention). He worked concurrently in a non-profit program (Institute for Child and Adolescent Development) as Staff Psychologist, Director of Training and later Clinical Director. He relocated to Houston and incorporated ADR into his experiences, completing certificates in Basic Mediation, Advanced: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Mediation, Adult and Elder Mediation, Arbitration and Parent Coordination/Facilitation through Manousso Mediation and Arbitration. He provides mediation course instruction with Dr. Manousso’s training programs on family dynamics and personality styles. He is a mediator and arbitrator for BBB in Houston, and completing coursework in Criminal Justice related to court procedure, criminal and family law, and juvenile justice. He presented at the 2017 TAM Conference, “Mental Health in Mediation: Exploring Social Psychology and Personality Disorders in the Mediation Process.”