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Divorce Mediation Training

MWI’s next open enrollment Divorce Mediation Training Program is taking place online during May 16-18, 2022.

This comprehensive divorce mediation training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective divorce mediators through demonstrations, presentations, written materials, and role-plays.

This program is for mediators who have completed at least 30-hours of mediation training and who are interested in incorporating divorce mediation into their practice. Opportunities to observe and mediate with MWI are available upon successful completion of the training program (see information below).


Dates/ Times

Next Open-Enrollment Program – May 16-18, 2022

  • Day 1 – Monday, May 16, 2022 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Day 2 – Tuesday, May 17, 2022 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Day 3 – Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

To accommodate online learning, the agenda for each day will include:

    • 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM – training
    • 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM – break
    • 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM – training
    • 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – lunch break
    • 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM – training
    • 2:45 PM to 3:00 PM – break
    • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – training

Divorce Mediation Training: Trainers

  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Ben Stich
    Ben Stich
  • Diana R. Chiang
    Diana R. Chiang
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
Josh Hoch

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston and Online
617-895-4028jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce, housing/eviction, and advanced dispute resolution skill building. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, construction, and workplace/employment. Josh also serves as MWI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) liaison and is a point of contact for MWI’s External Ombuds Clients. Additionally, Josh serves as a mentor to mediators and ADR professionals looking to expand their practice and increase their skills. Josh is a member of the International Ombuds Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC for seven years. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.

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Focus Areas

Josh frequently mediates the following:

  • Divorce Mediation divorce agreements, court required paperwork, Separation Agreements, and filing for divorce in Massachusetts
  • Impact of COVID-19 on separated or separating families
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, child support, division of assets
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Pro se and with counsel present
  • Post-Divorce
  • Adult sibling
  • Adult child(ren) and parent(s) and parent/teen
  • Several cases mediated with various translators
  • High conflict divorce and family cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence
  • Housing and Eviction

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • MWI Ombuds Director and Member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA), (September 2021 – present)
  • World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change Green Pledge (July 2021 – present)
  • Designed and administered a court-approved Parent Education Program for parents seeking divorce, (2016 – August 2021)
  • Member Spotlight, MA AFCC Newsletter (May 2021)
  • Speaker, New England Association of Conflict Resolution, (April 2021)
  • Designed and supervised a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services were provided at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, (September 2013 – 2020)
  • Served on the Assistant Judicial Case Manger (AJCM) Transition Working Group for the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, 2019
  • Served on the ADR Education Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court, 2019
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services
  • Served for 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families helping to raise over $500,000

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Facilitator, Implicit Bias Workshop, (May 2021)
  • Trainer, Advanced Dispute Resolution Training for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court, (March & June 2021)
  • Trainer, Juvenile Mediation Training, 2-day Advanced Mediation Training Program, (March 2021)
  • Presenter, Bringing Mediation Online: Lessons Learned So Far, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (February 2021)
  • Trainer, Housing and Eviction Mediation Training for five Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers, (December 2020 – January 2021)
  • Presenter, Mediating Cases Remotely (Online), Roundtable Event, (November 2020)
  • Designed and serves as an instructor for an Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Program for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court. (May 2019 – June 2021)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program mentor and supervisor, (2013 – 2020)
  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Presenter, (2015 – 2016)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – 2016)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Newton and Lexington Community Education, Presenter: Divorce Information You Want to Know, (2003 – 2005)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2001 – 2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Divorce Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Prisoner Disputes Mediator, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Ben Stich

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI via Zoom
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Ben Stich is a family and divorce mediator with MWI. He mediates conflicts of all kinds, specializing in family disputes. He mediates divorce, co-parenting conflict, and marital issues. Ben also mediates all types of family disputes such as conflict between parents and their adult children; adult siblings; and parents and their teenage children. Ben also helps families improve their co-parenting as an instructor for the state’s only High Conflict Parent Education program at William James College.

In addition to mediating, Ben is certified in the Think:Kids Collaborate Problem Solving© model and works with Think:Kids at MGH’s Department of Psychiatry to help families, educators, and clinicians work effectively with children and teens who exhibit challenging behaviors .

Ben is a licensed independent clinical social worker and an active member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts’ chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce for short-term and long-term marriages
  • Co-Parenting plans
  • Custody disputes
  • Parent-Teen Conflict
  • Marriage Problems
  • Interim separation agreements
  • Asset and liability division
  • Property division
  • High conflict divorce matters
  • Elder and estate disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW)
  • School Adjustment Counselor License
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Certification from Mass General’s Department of Psychiatry’s Think:Kids program
  • Member, AFCC

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted & Publications

  • “Better Parent” Parent Education Program, June 2016 – Present
  • Parenting Apart Instructor for the Divorce Center, 2014 – 2016
  • Communication and Conflict Blogger, 2013 – present
  • Communication Workshop for the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, 2014
  • High Conflict Divorce Mediation Training, 2013
  • Collaborative Problem Solving for:
    – Canton School District, Central Cabinet, 2011-2012
    – MENTOR Network – Therapeutic Foster Care Program, 2011
    – Massachusetts School Counselors Association – Guidance Administrators Forum, 2011
  • More Than Words, Workplace Communication Workshop, 2010
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Co-Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls for:
    – National Child Welfare League of America Conference (2005)
    – MASOC Annual Conference (2005-2009)
    – Tenth National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (2003)

Background and Education

  • M.Ed in Organizational Development, Endicott College
  • MSW, Boston College, 2001
  • BA, Trinity College, 1996

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Diana R. Chiang

Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston and Online
617-895-4029 | dchiang@mwi.org

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Diana Chiang is a Mediator and Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs at Mediation Works, Inc. (MWI). As a mediator, Ms. Chiang mediates a variety of cases in Massachusetts District, Municipal, and Probate & Family Courts, including: divorce, parenting plans, never-married parents, harassment prevention orders, and housing/eviction cases.

Diana is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads corporate, educational, and probate training programs. Diana has a certification in Applied Positive Psychology and is an accredited ACTP Coach through The Flourishing Center, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Association for Conflict Resolution.

She earned a B.A. in Sociology & Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Diana was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire, before teaching negotiation at Suffolk University Law School.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Never married parents
  • Same-sex divorces
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Housing and Eviction

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors of the New England Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire
  • Suffolk University Law School, Negotiation Instructor

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Programs for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court, Instructor
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mediation Trainer
  • 40 Hour Mediation Training Programs, Mediation Trainer
  • Multiple Mediation Training Programs, Coach

Background and Education

  • J.D. from Suffolk University Law School
  • Divorce Mediation Training
  • Massachusetts Mediation Training, Trained Mediator
  • B.A. in Sociology & Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire

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Nnena Odim

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Jamaica Plain and Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and LGBTQ issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys.  Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills for trainings at MIT, Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly. In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.


Focus Areas

  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Divorce Mediation Training: Guest Speakers and Coaches

  • Michael Leshin
    Michael Leshin
  • Vicki Shemin
    Vicki Shemin
Michael Leshin

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MWI Divorce Mediation Training – Guest Speaker: Michael Leshin

Michael Leshin focuses his practice on family law and mediation. He is a fellow of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and as the president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. He has been certified as a divorce mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. He serves on the Board of Directors for Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. In 2013 he received MCFM’s John Adams Fiske Award for Excellence in mediation.

Michael is the author of the “Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook,” published annually by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Michael is a co-author of “Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Promote Positive Parenting and Childhood Experiences,” Chapter 1 of Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts (MCLE) and “Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Alternatives,” Chapter 4 of Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE.)

Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the Boston Bar Association, Mediation Works, Inc., Community Dispute Settlement Center, Suffolk University Law School and Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. 1975), Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1982), and Harvard University (M.C.R.P. 1982). He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” (Family Law, 2006-2017 and Family Law Mediation 2007-2017) and in Martindale-Hubbell ‘A-V’ (highest rating). Michael has been selected in the New England Super Lawyers(r) (2005 – 2017) for his work in family law.

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Focus Areas

  • Family law and mediation
  • MCFCM certified divorce mediator

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Listed in:
    • “The Best Lawyers in America,”
      • Family Law, 2006-2017
      • Family Law Mediation 2007-2017
    • Martindale-Hubbell ‘A-V’ (highest rating).
  • New England Super Lawyer ® (2005 – 2017), family law
  • Fellow of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association
  • Past President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc (MCFM)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the Boston Bar Association, Mediation Works, Inc. (MWI), Community Dispute Settlement Center, Suffolk University Law School and Boston College Law School.

Background and Education

Vicki Shemin

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MWI Divorce Mediation Training – Guest Speaker, Trainer and Coach: Vicki Shemin

Vicki L. Shemin, J.D., LICSW, ACSW, a partner at Fields Dennis Cooper LLP, has been consistently recognized on a national and state level for her dedication, compassion, leadership and excellence in family law and alternative dispute resolution. For the past two years, she was named a “Top Ten Attorney in Family Law in Massachusetts” and this year has again been named “Top Rated Lawyer: Women Leaders in the Law.”

With 38 years of combined clinical and family law experience, Vicki offers clients an array of dispute resolution options including mediation, collaborative law, consultation and coaching, settlement negotiations, parenting coordination, guardian ad litem evaluative opinions, premarital and postnuptial agreements, marital exit counseling – and she even has a subspecialization in handling cases for those interested in working on “agreements to stay married.”

Vicki’s interest in “paying it forward” is evidenced in the publication of her scholarly articles and in her frequent guest lecturing on mediation, collaborative law, diversity, domestic violence and power imbalance issues in family law cases, post-divorce financial planning, and co-parenting topics for the ABA, MCLE, MCLC, MCFM and MWI. In addition, she has been a national guest speaker on podcasts/radio interviews. On the university level, she has been an adjunct professor teaching “Negotiation” at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business for the past two years. Prior to that, she was an adjunct instructor in family law, ethics and mental health law at Boston University School of Social Work.

Vicki is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and was recently asked to become a Board Member. Through MCFM, Vicki earned the distinction of being a Certified Family Mediator and currently serves as Vice-President. She is co-chair of the Joint Committee for MCFM-MCLC.

For the past 2 years, Vicki has embarked on an international research venture to obtain 300 respondents to participate in her cutting-edge divorce research  project entitled LETTERS TO EX-SPOUSES:…AND I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW.  To date, she has 275 participants. One of her goals in pursing the research has been for individuals who have gone through the divorce process to be able to communicate, anonymously and first-hand, what they would like not only their ex-spouses to know – but also judges, attorneys, therapists, and clergy. As an added bonus, a child of divorce will be part of the panel presentation to underscore the important point that, inevitably, the lives of children are irrevocably altered.

 


Registration & Cost

The cost of the training is $875 per person (or $825 if registered on or before April 16, 2022). Space is limited to 24 participants.

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MWI’s Divorce Mediation Training Is Designed To

  • Prepare mediators to work with divorcing couples in mediation – from case screening and intake through agreement writing.
  • Teach mediators to mediate in person as well as online.
  • Increase mediators’ capacity to apply a negotiation framework to the mediation process and assist parties in their efforts to define issues, focus their interests, and generate options that secure sound resolutions within the context of divorce.
  • Inform mediators about mediating divorce cases in the “shadow of the law” and how to help couples work through a variety of issues including: child support, alimony, division of assets/liabilities, custody, parenting time, insurance, tax filing, and more.
  • Provide mediators with information about the effects of divorce on adults and children.
  • Assist mediators in their efforts to recognize when assistance of other professionals may be helpful to the mediation process.

Topics to be Covered

  • Mediating online and in person.
  • Property distributions, valuation and division of assets, pensions, life insurance, health insurance and taxes.
  • The nature and dynamics of conflict within families.
  • Impact of divorce on children.
  • Screening cases for domestic violence and substance abuse.
  • Ethical duties and dilemmas facing divorce mediators.
  • A review of principles, methods and styles of mediation.
  • Defining issues, identifying interests, analyzing alternatives, transmitting information, communicating effectively, and generating options for resolution within the divorce context.
  • The art of effective questioning, interactive listening & empathy.
  • Dealing with power differentials, challenging personalities and challenges to mediator neutrality.
  • Legal and physical custody.
  • Child support, parenting plans and alimony.
  • Psychological stages of divorce.
  • Preparing Memoranda of Understanding and Separation Agreements.
  • Growing a divorce mediation practice, securing professional liability insurance and opportunities in the field.
  • and more. . .

Prerequisites

  • Training: Mediators must have completed at least 30-hours of basic mediation training in accordance with G.L. Chapter 233 section 23C (Confidentiality Statute).
  • Experience: Mediators must have completed at least five mediations (any case type, including but not limited to: small claims, summary process and HPO mediations).

Questions? Contact Josh Hoch at 617-895-4028 or jhoch@mwi.org.


Participants Will Receive

  • Mediation Manual and Resources: A complete guide to divorce mediation including post-training practice reference materials and a bibliography.
  • Certificate of Completion: In accordance with M.G.L. chapter 233 section 23C (Confidentiality Statute). This program also fulfills the continuing education requirement specified in Rule 8(c)(iii) of the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.
  • CEUs (Continuing Education Units) available: This program has been approved for 22.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Hours for relicensure with NASW and an application is pending for 24 Category 1 Continuing Education Hours with MMCEP for LMHCs.
  • Ethics and Probate & Family Court Overview: In accordance with Rule 7(h), (i) and Rule 9 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.
  • Continuing Education: Participants may attend MWI Roundtable Events & Networking at no cost.

Location

This training program will take place online via Zoom. Please contact Josh Hoch with questions.

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Post-Training Divorce Mediation Opportunities

A participant who successfully completes MWI’s Divorce Mediation Training and MWI’s post-training skill assessment may:

  • Observe and/or co-mediate with MWI’s Divorce Panel members any divorce mediation cases, barring any conflict of interest, that the participant brings to MWI directly or via a referral. After the participant refers the case to MWI, MWI’s Director of Mediation Services will handle all administrative aspects of the case including: client intake, screening, dissemination of information, fee discussions, assignment of co-mediators, office space, liability insurance, and scheduling. You will then co-mediate, for pay, and meet with your co-mediator/mentor before and after the session to plan and debrief.

For More Information

For more information about MWI’s Divorce Mediation Training, contact Josh Hoch, Director of Mediation Services at 617-895-4028.