Sue Bronson Mediation Services

Family & Divorce Mediation Training

This professional training program is for new and experienced mediators, collaborating professionals, and others interested in learning conflict resolution skills. Mediation assists people in conflict to make sound decisions and find their own solutions. This course gives participants the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a competent mediator for addressing parenting plans or a complete divorce. It also offers a framework instrumental for mediating in a growing variety of environments.

Explore theory and values from Facilitative and Transformative mediation and Appreciative Inquiry. Learn practical strategies for strengthening communication built on respect and understanding. Be able to identify cautionary red flags and learn how to proceed appropriately.

Topics covered:

  • Building parenting plans
  • Allocating property and financial responsibility
  • Dealing with emotions in joint sessions
  • Creating quality conversations with results
  • Addressing tax consequences of decisions
  • Causes for concern: domestic violence, mental illness, etc.
  • Ethics and standards of practice
  • Marketing your practice

The five day (40 hour) course meets the criteria for mediators under Wisconsin Act 355 and is approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Family Section. The training can be applied toward ACR Family and Advanced Practitioner membership criteria. ACR Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner membership is recognized throughout the world and codified in many state laws. The course is approved for CLEs.

The approved 40 hour Family and Divorce Mediation training is for lawyers, judges, therapists and social workers, psychologists, accountants and financial planners, skilled communicators, and others who want to help people resolve conflict with dignity and respect.

Agenda for Divorce Mediation Training

If you would like to set up a training group outside of Milwaukee, please contact Sue Bronson.


UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., 6th Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(Plankington Building)
Call 1-800-222-3623 or (local) 414-227-3200. Our Customer Service Staff will be glad to assist you Mon. through Fri., 8 am - 5 pm central time.
Program No. 7740-1010
Register here

Additional Trainers and Coaches

Rebecca T. Magruder, M.S.W., J.D. focuses her practice on mediation, collaborative law, and other non-adversarial methods for resolving disputes. Ms. Magruder trains and mentors new mediators and is an adjunct assistant professor of mediation at St. Louis University School of Law. Ms. Magruder is listed in Best Lawyers in America under the areas of Collaborative Family Law and Family Law Mediation.

Lynn Gaffigan, J.D. is a mediator in private practice, focusing on family and workplace conflict. Her clients include families, businesses, associations and government agencies. She also teaches mediation and conflict management courses at DePaul University’s Continuing and Professional Education. Lynn was nominated by her peers as a leading lawyer in Illinois in the area of family alternative dispute resolution.