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<xTITLE> Announces 5 Online Mediation Training Forums</xTITLE> Announces 5 Online Mediation Training Forums

by Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Jim Melamed
March 2021

Open Forums Schedule Online Mediation Training Task Force
Join the Discussion!

All Forums are noon - 2pm Eastern; 9-11 am Pacific; 

Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Online Mediation Training Task Force Chair, and Jim Melamed, Board Chair, invite you to participate in five (5) Open Forums, each 2 hours in length, to learn more about and further inform our Task Force work. Information on the Task Force is at:

Registration for these Open Forums is without charge!  The importance of these discussion opportunities for our field and our society warrants maximum attendance and participation.

April 23
How Can We Best Support the Global Growth of Mediation?
Hosts:  Bruce Edwards and Tara Ollapally

How do we best support the global growth of mediation?
(Global Development and Cutting Edge Marketing Committees)

April 30
What Online Mediation Training is Needed and Effective?
Hosts: Susan Guthrie, Donna Silverberg and Jim Melamed

How do various mediation practice areas see the best development of online mediation training?
(Family & Elder, Workplace, Community, Public Policy and Cutting Edge Marketing Committees)

May 7
Standards, Ethics & New Technologies for Online Mediation & Online Mediation Training
Hosts: Colin Rule, Leah Wing, Dan Rainey and Melissa Kuchinski

What ethical, professional and technical standards are needed for online mediation and online mediation training? 
(Ethics, Standards & New Technologies and Cross Jurisdictional Committees) 

May 14
Beyond Mediation and Beyond Online Mediation Training
Hosts: Tricia Jones and Forrest (Woody) Mosten

How do we best integrate online mediation and online mediation training with conflict & life coaching, collaborative practice, mentorship, case consultation, clinics, simulations and video feedback?
(Mentorship & Consultation, Beyond Mediation and Experiential Training Committees)

May 28
Online Mediation Training for Youth and Schools
Hosts: Clare Fowler and Jonathan Rodrigues

How can we best support the development of online mediation and online mediation training for youth and in our schools?  
(Youth and Schools Committee)


Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979 and currently is practicing mediation and collaborative law 100% online serving clients throughout the world. Woody is a founding partner of the Mosten-Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. He is Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Family Law Practice, and Lawyer as Peacemaker. He and has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979.

Woody is the author of six books and numerous articles on mediation, collaborative law, legal access, and building a peacemaking career. Woody served as convener for the 1999 international symposium, Training Mediators for the 21st Century. He has been Guest Editor for the Family Court Review’s special issues 4 times, most recently for the July 2015 issue on Peacemaking for Divorcing Families.

Woody trains mediators, collaborative professionals, and lawyers in conflict resolution courses ranging from basic to master classes and trainings for mediation trainers and presents keynotes at conferences throughout the world.  In 2019, Woody received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and, in 2020, the Southern California Mediation Association established the Forrest Mosten Star Award for Excellence and Innovation in Mediation. Woody can be reached at

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  During Jim's tenure, received the American Bar Association's 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.  Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86). Jim's undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association's 2003 Award for Excellence; The Oregon State Bar's 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award; The APFM's first Outstanding Mediator Award (2018); and the Oregon Mediation Association's 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.