Lynn MacBeth's Basic Family Mediation Training is approved by the Academy of Family Mediators of the Association for Conflict Resolution. This meets the training requirement for court-appointed family mediators in Pennsylvania set forth in Pa. R.C.P. 1915.4-3.
Lynn MacBeth is an attorney and mediator and an Advanced Family Mediation Practitioner of the Association for Conflict Resolution.
The five-day course covers the basic topics required for a solid foundation as a mediator. Students will learn about various theories and styles of mediation, current ethical concerns, and will become familiar with the public debate about mediation issues. Leading edge theory of conflict, power, and family dynamics are introduced and applied to mediation practice in case examples, role play scenarios and demonstrations that will build practice skills and techniques. Simulations done before the entire class are unique to this training; students have the opportunity to watch the instructor mediate a case; to perform a role play (if they choose) before the class; and to be critiqued (if invited) by the instructor. Feedback from students about this teaching method has been overwhelmingly positive. Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance having completed the basic mediation requirements set by the Association for Conflict Resolution in Washington, DC, recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as the training standard for court-appointed mediators. Mediation and communication skills for all types of mediation are included. The substantive areas of Divorce and Family mediation are covered, including: Divorce law, Support, Alimony, Property Distribution, Child Custody, Court Procedures, Communicating with Attorneys, Professional Ethics, and Marketing a Mediation Practice.
CURRENT class is August 17, 2012, April 10, 2013, April 22, 2013, May 8, 2013, and June 19, 2013.
Next class offered is SUMMER 2013. Dates: July 15, 19, 29, August 12, August 16 (9 am - 6 pm) and FALL 2013. Dates: September 23, 27, October 11, 21, 25. (9 am-6 pm). If interested, call or email to get on the list for the next training.
FALL 2013: A second training has formed for Fall 2013, (best for people who have to travel): September 23, 24 and October 23, 24, 25.
Lynn MacBeth 412 303-2505 or email LynnMacBeth@yahoo.com
Group rates available; Training can be specially scheduled at a chosen location by group request.
TUITION: $1,100.00 Payable by check to Lynn MacBeth. (add $1.50 per credit hour for attorneys wishing to claim CLE credits up to 36 hours, approved by Pa. CLE Board) Tuition includes snacks, beverages, textbook, reading materials, certificate. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED! Refund/cancellation policy: Tuition must be paid in full two weeks before the first day of training. Refunds for cancellation by students for any reason are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. No refund after one week before the first day of training, in which case tuition is transferable to another course date. Although we do make accommodations and adjustments for students who must miss a portion of a day, if a student, for any reason, misses a full day, that day must be made up at the next available training before a Certificate will be issued. There are currently openings for the upcoming courses, enroll early as space will be limited!! If interested, Contact (e-MAIL) Lynn MacBeth at LynnMacBeth@yahoo.com or call 412-303-2505.
All Students will receive the textbook, a $78.00 value released in February 2010, The Art of Family Mediation, by Lynn MacBeth.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS OR SCHEDULING CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT LYNN MacBETH IN ADVANCE: 412 303-2505
COMING IN WINTER 2013/2014: Washington, DC training with Lynn MacBeth and Roberta Eisen. For information on the Washington DC training or to sign up, email LynnMacBeth@yahoo.com
************************************************************************************************************ONE DAY COURSE for COLLABORATIVE LAWYERS:
Mediation and Collaborative Negotiation: An Introduction to Mediation for Collaborative Lawyers
This course introduces lawyers to collaborative communication using mediation theory and skills. Collaborative lawyers must largely reprogram their communication and negotiation styles in this new venue that focuses on clients’ self-determination and mutual best interests rather than power and force. Topics include History and Styles of Mediation, Theory of Power and Conflict, leading edge Mediation Theory and Transformative Mediation, and Discussion and Analysis of Case Studies.
This 6 hour course provides 6 Substantive CLE hours. Continental Breakfast and pizza lunch are provided onsite. Tuition is $350.00 per person. Location: Downtown Pittsburgh. To enroll email LynnMacBeth@yahoo.com or call 412 303-2505. No 6-hour class scheduled at this time. If interested, please call or email Lynn MacBeth.
Individual Instruction and Consultation
As an ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution) Advanced Practitioner for the Family Section Lynn MacBeth offers individual and group consultations on Mediation Practice. (These consultations qualify as credit towards mediators seeking ACR accreditation). To inquire: phone 412-303-2505 or email: LynnMacBeth@yahoo.com
Lynn E. MacBeth, J.D.
Mediating Divorce and Family Conflicts
A 40-hour Basic Course in
Approved by the Assn. for Conflict Resolution
COURSE OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE
Class is from 9 am to 6 pm. Lunch is from Noon to 1 pm.
1. Introduction to Mediation Training
2. Introduction to Mediation Practice
-Overview of Mediation History, Styles,
-Leading Commentators and Authorities
3. Concept of Neutrality, Mediator/Client Boundary
Mediator’s Rights, Client’s Rights
Mediation Practice: Accrediting Organizations,
Uses of Mediation
The Style Continuum® EXERCISE
4. -Introduction to Family Mediation.
-Changing Families and Effects of Divorce and Separation on Children and Adults-Restructuring of Family After Divorce/Separation and Divorce
-Child Development and Effects of Divorce
Upon Children at Various Stages
-Ameliorating Effects of Mediation Compared
With Litigation and
-Other Strategies for Stabilizing Families
-Family Systems Theory
-Legal History of the Family
1. Family Law
Overview of Economic Issues
Hand out Sample “Problem”
2. Mediation Procedures:
-Memorandum of Understanding- Hand out Sample Memorandum
-Agreement to Mediate
-Structure of Session
-Pennsylvania Rules and Legislation
3. The Art of Mediation
How do we change someone’s perception?
Reflection and Summarization
Empowerment and Recognition
4. Mediation Ethics Quiz
Reading: ACR Family Section: http://www.mediate.com/acrfamily/pg7.cfm
Uniform Mediation Act: http://www.pon.harvard.edu/guests/uma/
5. Family Issues
1. Developing and Marketing a Mediation Practice
Mediator Professional Development
2. Conflict and Power
“Sometimes becoming a mediator means changing the way you think about conflict.”
3. Impact of Domestic Violence
-Issues and Theories about Mediation - Reading: www.mediate.com/articles/rimelspach.cfm
where DV present
-Screening Role Play
-How to End a Mediation
With Safety Concerns
4. Special Issues in Custody Cases
5. Custody Schedules
Developmental Stages of Children
6. Role Plays
1. High Conflict/High Emotion Cases
-Managing High Conflict
-Understanding and Managing Client Emotional Responses
-Safety Issues and Precautions
-Ways Mediator Can Assist Clients with Difficult Emotions
-Modeling Respectful and Helpful Behaviors
-Enlisting Client Assistance/Cooperation
Reflective Practice Exercise
2. High Conflict Mediation Role Play
3. MEDIATOR SKILLS AND TOOLS
Mediator Responses to Conflict
1. Mediating With Narcissists and Borderlines
2. Communication processes. Recognizing
Faulty Communication. Techniques for
Facilitating Effective Communication
The Role of Ego in Conflict
3. Role Plays
4. Student Reports on Skills Articles
5. Role Plays
Answer to Problem
6. Questions and Answers, Discussion
All materials are provided on the first day of the course. Recommended readings and possible assigned readings are listed below:
Fisher, Roger, Ury, William, and Patton, Bruce, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreements Without Giving In, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.
Kelly, Joan, "Children's Living Arrangements Following Divorce and Separation," Family Process, 46:35-52, 2007.
Mathis, R.D., “Couples From Hell: Undifferentiated Spouses in Divorce Mediation,” Mediation Quarterly, Vol 16, No. 1, Fall 1998.
Retzinger, S., Scheff, T., “Emotion, Alienation, and Narratives: Resolving Intractable Conflict,” Mediation Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall 2000.
Shapiro, D.,“Negotiating Emotions,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 1, Fall 2002.
Wilmot, Wm. W., Hocker, Joyce, Interpersonal Conflict, 6th ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001. Mayer, Bernard S., The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide, San Francisc Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Pearson, J., “Mediating When Domestic Violence Is a Factor: Policies and Practices in Court-Based Divorce Mediation Programs,” Mediation Quarterly, Vol.14, No. 4, Summer 1997.
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