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This Week in Mediation #799

October 9, 2019
Celebrating Our 24th Year Membership information
In This Issue:
Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) to Livestream November 7-9 Conference • What I Wished I Had Known: Lessons from Mediation and Life • Why Mediation, Why Me?  • Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities • “Are You Kidding Me!?”: Bringing Humor to the Mediation Process • Mediation News • Job Postings • Events Calendar • Blogs
Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) to Livestream November 7-9 Conference
by Michael Aurit
For the first time, the APFM Annual Conference will be broadcast live, online, across the United States and around the world, via LiveStream. “The Next Generation of Innovation” isthe family mediation event of the year featuring world class keynotes by Ken Cloke and David Hoffman. Register today and gain access to: 1) Over 30 hours of workshops streamed live from the conference; 2) Ask questions and interact with presenters in real time; and 3) View recordings of 25 sessions for up to six months!  Register HERE!
What I Wished I Had Known: Lessons from Mediation and Life
by Susan Raines
After more than 16,500 mediations inside and outside of the court system, dozens of organizational interventions, executive coaching, and overall collaborative problem solving, I have learned some hard lessons about what works and what doesn’t. Launches MediateIndia! Proven Bridge Between Professional Mediators and the Public
by Jim Melamed, the world’s most visited dispute resolution site, and most used mediator directory, has launched MediateIndia! with the assistance of CAMP, based in Bangalore, as Foundational Sponsor.  For a limited time, you can Join MediateIndia's Professional Mediator Directory for Free. See all India Mediators here.
MEDIATE.COM PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP offers mediators the largest collection of content (articles, blog posts, news items & videos) and the world's most used mediator directory!  In addition to the Directory, we also offer 8 additional ADR Directories, all at a single price!  Join for only $299 through Friday, October 15! Save $61/yr at  You will get more cases, elevate the search engine performance of your website, and get fantastic ongoing professional information. 
Family Mediation 2.0 - Integrating Online Capacities
by Jim Melamed
Dramatic changes are coming to family mediation programs and practices in the U.S. In the court context, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) are now leading the way to expand online access to justice, including online dispute resolution (ODR).
“Are You Kidding Me!?”: Bringing Humor to the Mediation Process 
by Sheldon Stark
Mediation is a serious process where serious conflicts are seriously addressed by serious people.
Mediate's Featured Mediator Placement puts you at the TOP of every page of Mediate for every visitor from your area code!  Your first additional case pays for your Featured Placement for years!  See: ALL FEATURED MEDIATORS and go to to become a Featured Mediator!

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CASELOAD MANAGER: #1 Case Management Platform for Mediation, Ombuds & ODR
Caseload Manager is now used by over 150 mediation and ombuds programs, including 5 statewide systems, NASA, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Red Cross, and ICANN itself! See our Representative Clients and arrange for your personal tour of Caseload Manager today!
THIS WEEK'S MEDIATION NEWS (read & search All News at:

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JOBS (for Premium Members) Post New Job Listings

  • Mediation Program Director - TN
  • Victim-Offender Mediation Coordinator - TN
  • Ombuds Manager - Angola
  • Associate Ombuds - WA
  • Director of Arbitration and ADR for North America - NY
  • Executive Director - MI
  • Mediator - MO
  • Mediator - FL
  • Mediator - Locations vary
  • Mediator - UT
  • Associate Mediation Counsel - San Francisco
  • Case Manager / General Manager - NV
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MEDIATE UNIVERSITY ONLINE MEDIATION COURSES (6 Month Access - Affordable CLE/CEU credit!)  Check out Mediate University's affordable online mediation courses!  
Getting Started in Mediation Sale Ends October 15:

See all mediation courses at:

  • October 10 - New York NY - Effective Mediation Advocacy: Skills and Strategies for Litigators
  • October 11 - Carrboro NC - Conflict Resolution Skills Training
  • October 11 - Ft. Lauderdale FL - 8hr Advanced Mediation Training
  • October 11 - Houston TX - Domestic Violence for Advance Family Training required by TX legislation 
  • October 14-17 - Richmond VA - Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • October 14-18 - Austin Area TX - 40 Basic Mediation Training
  • October 14-17 - Dallas TX - Basic Mediation 4-Day Course
  • October 16-20 - Springfield MO - Civil and Family (Domestic) Mediation Training
  • October 18-19 - Houston TX - Parenting Coordination and Facilitation Training
  • October 19-November 3 - Somerset NJ - NJAPM 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Training, Fall 2019
  • October 21-23 - Baltimore MD - International Ombudsman Association - Foundations Course
  • October 21-23 - Bolívar, Provincia de Cartagena Colombia - Conflict Resolution Grounded on Organizational Ombudsman Practice
  • October 21-25 - Baltimore MD - 40-Hour Mediation & Conflict Transformation Skills Training: Sources of Conflict & A Systems Approach
  • October 22-24 - Newton MA - Elder Decisions® Elder Mediation Training (Adult Family Mediation Training)
  • October 22 - Fairfax VA - Powerful Coaching
  • October 23-27 - Ft. Lauderdale FL - Florida Supreme Court Civil Mediation Certification Training 40 hours (5 days)
  • October 24-25 - Baltimore MD - Mediation Theory and Skills for the Organizational Ombudsman
  • October 24-25 - Chicago IL - Collaborative Divorce Training
  • October 27-29 - Saratoga Springs NY - NYSDRA Conference 2019: Breakthrough! The Age of Presumptive ADR
  • October 28 - November 6 - Framingham MA - 35-Hour Mediation Training
  • October 31-November 2 - Pittsburgh PA - AFCC Fall Conference
  • October 31 - November 9 - Memphis TN - Family Mediation Training (46.0 Hours of CLE)
  • November 1-2 - Portland OR - 33rd Oregon Mediation Association Conference
  • November 1-2 - Los Angeles CA - Southern California Mediation Association
  • November 1-2 - Jeju Island South Korea - 9th Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) Conference
  • November 4-6 - Austin Area - 30 Hour Advanced Mediation Training
  • November 5-7 - Atlanta GA - Mediation in Special Education
  • November 7-December 19 - ONLINE - Conflict Management Coaching Workshop (Virtual)
  • November 7 - December 19 - ONLINE - Conflict Management Coaching Workshop (Virtual)
  • November 7-8 - Harford CT - Two-Day Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
  • November 7-9 - Boston MA - APFM - ADFP - MCFM Annual Conference "Next Generation of Innovation"
  • November 12-15 - Ottawa ON Canada - Conflict Management Coaching Workshop
  • November 12-14 - Dallas TX - Family Mediation (30 Hours)
  • November 12-15 - Fairfax VA - Mediation Skills and Process (basic mediation training)
  • November 14 - ONLINE - IOA Live Webinar: In the Room Where it Happens: Inside Ombuds Practices
  • November 14-15 - Berkeley CA - Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements
  • November 14-15 - Corte Madera CA - Advanced Mediation Training with Steven Rosenburg
  • November 14-16 - Nashville TN - 5th Annual Fall Professional Skills Program
  • November 15-16 - San Diego CA - Advanced Family Mediation Training with Woody Mosten
  • November 14-15 - Corte Madera CA - Advanced Mediation Training
  • November 14-16 - Nashville TN - 5th Annual Fall Professional Skills Program
  • November 14-15 - Berkeley CA - Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements

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