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40-hr Family and Divorce Mediation Certificate (6 days)

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Advanced Mediation Training




This one-day program adds further depth and new perspectives on conflict resolution approaches introduced in initial family mediation training. The information and skills are applicable to mediation as well as the variety of professional roles involved in these difficult cases:

  • Collaborative law professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Mental health professionals
  • Financial advisers
  • Clergy
  • Judges
  • GALs
  • Child's reps
  • Parenting coordinators
  • Educators
  • Family court administrators

Topics in the program include:

  • Assessing asymmetrical interactions and power dynamics

  • Differentiating between typologies of intimate partner violence

  • Roles and impacts of psychological, drug and alcohol impediments in mediation and negotiation processes

  • Refinements to screening and process design when deciding whether, and how, to proceed

  • Implications for parenting plans

  • Overlap and disparity between the variety of professional standards operating in these settings


  • Approved for 6 hours of continuing education for Advanced Practitioner Family Mediators by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • 6 hours Illinois attorney MCLE (including 6 hours Professional Responsibility) and 6 hours Illinois Social Worker CEU's will be requested


Sue Bronson, LCSW, is a pioneering mediator, trainer, and psychotherapist in private practice in Milwaukee.  With more than 30 years of mediation experience, she teaches mediation at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, conducts mediation workshops throughout the country, and is a guest at St Louis Law School in Missouri.

Lynn A. Gaffigan, JD, is a recognized teacher and trainer of mediation and conflict resolution skills and an experienced mediator in private practice for more than 20 years.  She is an Academy of Family Mediators Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and was lead faculty for DePaul University's Family and Divorce Mediation Certificate Program in Continuing Professional Education for more than 12 years. 


Cost of the 6-hour advanced mediation training is $239. 


For special needs, for more information, or for custom designed training sessions for your group, contact Lynn Gaffiigan at training@gaffiganmediation.com or (847) 231-2333.

If you are interested in attending a program but believe the cost would be a financial hardship, please contact Ms. Gaffigan to discuss the possibility of a partial waiver of the registration fee.