Mediation Matters 20-Hour Child Access Mediation Workshop

Mediation Matters 20-Hour Child Access Mediation Workshop
This workshop is designed to provide both hands-on training and a clear framework to enable participants to work effectively with divorcing and unmarried parents who are struggling to parent their children at a difficult time in their relation. Past participants tell us that this is some of the best professional training they have ever received.  We hope your experience will be the same.


Mediation Matters 
May 18 - 20, 2018
Kensington, MD. 

Mediation Matters will hold a  20-hour Child Access Mediation Training workshop for professionals May 18 - 20 in Kensington, Maryland.

Who should attend? 
The only prerequisite for this training is that you have already completed a forty-hour divorce or basic mediation training. This workshop is for people who would like to develop the skills needed to work with parents who are separating.  

          “Wonderful. You do a great job engaging all participants.”
                                                                        Andrew Gange, attorney, Towson
What does this workshop include? 
This interactive workshop uses a wide range of formats including video, demonstrations, discussions, lecture, and simulations. The workshop, with a 350-page manual, covers the basic content areas of child access mediation.  The training also focuses on the skills involved in becoming an effective mediator in parenting disputes. Some of the many components in this training include: 

·        how to talk about custody and visitation 
·        distress vs. disorder:  impact of divorce on children 
·        screening for and addressing domestic violence 
·        family systems: seeing the whole picture 
·        the relation and bifurcation of custody and child support 
·        Maryland domestic relations law 
·        child development theory: its use and abuse in custody cases 
·        overnights for toddlers: yes or no? 
·        the “50/50” myth 
·        enmeshed mothers, entitled fathers 
·        relocation 
·        model parenting schedules
·        writing good parenting plans 
and more.   
A distinctive feature of this training is the use of videotapes for instruction, including tapes of actual mediations.  The workshop will include coached role-plays so that each participant can practice and integrate new skills. 

For Maryland residents, this workshop will meet the 20-hour requirement for child access mediation training under Rule 17-106(b) of the Court of Appeals in Maryland for those wishing to be approved as access mediators. A certificate of completion, suitable for framing, will be issued to you upon successful completion of and full attendance at the training course.
            “The strength of the program is the calm laid-back style of the mediators. 
            The videos are awesome because it forces you to think out of the box."
                                                                                                Tiffany Alston, former state delegate, Bowie
Who are the faculty for the course?

The workshop will be led by: 

Carl D.  Schneider, Ph.D. Over the past thirty-four years Carl  trained several thousand mediators. Currently Director of Mediation  Matters,  with a full-time practice in Kensington, Maryland, Carl is a registered psychologist (Illinois), former chair of the certification committee for the Maryland Council on Dispute Resolution, a Certified Mediator with the  Supreme Court of Virginia, an Advanced Practitioner Member of the  Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), an Advanced Mediator Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), and one of only four Certified Mediators in Maryland with the International Mediation Institute (IMI). He holds his doctorate from Harvard University.

            “I particularly appreciated Carl & Audrey’s willingness to share some of their techniques for handling 'problem areas' of actual mediations.”   
Rachel Brown, attorney, Silver Spring
 Audrey M. Yowell, Ph.D., M.S.S.S. Audrey brings to mediation her passion for working with children and their families. She has worked in Head Start and in residential and in-patient psychiatric settings for adolescents. Audrey has provided training for government and private organizations, including as Vice-President of the Technical Assistance and Training Corporation. She has served as Field Instructor for several graduate schools of social work. A member of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR) and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), Audrey received her M.S.S.S. from the Boston University School of Social Work, and her Ph.D. from the Heller School, Brandeis University.

Early registration  ($175 by April 18th) is $775 total.

          “This workshop (child access) truly helped put video tapes and issues specific to child access and custody into perspective, differentiating it from the Basic/Divorce workshop.   I especially appreciate gaining an enhanced understanding of my role as mediator, ie., conversation starter rather than problem solver.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dr. Guileine Kraft, social worker, Bowie
 For further information, call 301/581-0330 and visit
Carl D. Schneider, Ph.D
Mediation Matters 
3920 Washington St.
Kensington, MD. 20895 
5/18/2018 - 5/20/2018