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Family Mediation Training February 27, 28, and 29, 2020 -- 8:30am to 5:30pm

February 27, 2020

Dates: February 27, 28 and 29, 2020 8:30am to 5:30pm

Location: Room 221, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103

Training Description

This 3-day, 24-hour Family Mediation Training (FMT) course will prepare you to mediate divorce and termination of domestic relationships. This advanced training in family mediation for facilitative mediators utilizes the interest-based approach to divorce, dissolution, and parenting plan development. It is based on highly effective strategies. NOTE: *Completion of a 40-hour Basic Mediation Training (BMT) is a prerequisite. In this training, facilitative mediators extend their skills to include mediating highly-charged family cases. Mediators who want to add family mediation to their private practice are also welcome. This training focuses on the heightened complexity and emotional climate present in family cases. It includes information on state and local laws that govern family mediations and addresses diversity in families, the needs of children, ethical dilemmas and negotiating parenting plans. Learn how to manage hidden agendas, power imbalances and disruptive behaviors. FMT is the next step after community mediation to meet the requirements to serve on the Dispute Resolution Center of King County's (DRC) family mediator roster. For DRC volunteers, completion of a mediation practicum (or nearing completion) is recommended before enrolling in FMT. Fee
  • $450 Standard (early bird discount price of $405 available until January 31, 2020)
  • $350 for KCDRC Volunteers
Continuing Education Credits Available (payable in addition to standard registration fee)
  • CLE credits for attorneys licensed in WA State ($125 payable to DRC upon registration – approved for 18.75 Law and Legal hours, and 1 Ethics hour)
  • CEU credits for licensed social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists ($125 payable to DRC upon registration – pending approval)
Trainers Karen Bonnell Karen has over 35 years of experience working with couples and families facing transition, loss, growth and change. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Karen has been board certified and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner since 1982. She served on the faculty of University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University & Seattle Pacific University before beginning full-time private practice in 1984. As a teacher, trainer, facilitator, Karen played an instrumental role in developing the year-long facilitator training program for the Compassionate Listening Project. As a certified Compassionate Listening trainer, Karen utilizes this heart-centered approach to authentic speaking and capable listening used around the world in high-conflict situations such as Israel/Palestine. Her deep listening skills make all the difference working with co-parent pairs in conflict as they find their way through the pain of divorce into a future with optimism. Karen’s work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spurred her determination to write “The Co-Parenting Handbook” with Kristin Little, Child Specialist. Parents learn the best ways to support their children, strengthen their co-parenting, and discover the necessary tools to skillfully create a two-home family. Karen is also the author of: The Parenting Plan Workbook, Family-Centered Parenting Planning, and with international expert, Patricia Papernow, she co-authored – The Stepfamily Handbook: From Dating, to Getting Serious, to Forming a “Blended Family.” Kim Axelrod, M.B.A. Kim Axelrod helps individuals and organizations work through conflict and change in a productive manner. Axelrod completed her mediation certification in 2006 and Ombudsman training in 2013. She has mediated a large variety of cases including, family, work place, community, small claims and foreclosure for DRC’s in King and Snohomish County as well as for federal agencies through the Seattle Federal Executive Board. Her workplace cases have ranged from helping two individuals work through conflict to helping work groups over a period of time improve productivity and work environment. She served as the lead trainer for the Snohomish, Island County and Skagit DRC developing and delivering training on the topics of mediation, conflict resolution, trust in the workplace, communication skills and leadership. In her previous position as the Ombudsman for Volunteers of America, Western Washington she provided employees with a neutral, informal, confidential and independent resource to work through workplace issues. Axelrod brings both contract negotiation and training expertise gained in her years working at Hewlett Packard Co. and as an independent consultant and trainer serving Fortune 100 companies. Sandra Barto, J.D. Sandra’s family law practice embraces an interest-based approach that assumes clients who understand not only their rights and obligations under the law but also the current needs and future goals of themselves, their children, and the other party, will best be able to create agreements that last; minimizing, if not eliminating, the need for intervention by the courts. Sandra believes that clients who take advantage of the interest-based approach through the process of collaborative law or facilitative mediation engage in necessary and difficult conversations with professional support, and are more likely to transition to healthier relationships, retain control over the outcome of their settlements, and minimize the impact of the divorce on children. Sandra is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), King County Bar Association (KCBA), International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Collaborative Professionals of Washington (CPW), King County Collaborative Law (KCCL), and Washington Mediation Association (WMA). She is a Family Mediation Coordinator and Trainer for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County; past co-chair, Collaborative Law Section, KCBA; and past chair, Mentor Committee, KCCL. Sandra holds a B.A. in Community Services from Seattle University, an M.A.Ed. in counseling from Seattle University and a J.D. cum laude from Seattle University.  

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