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2022 Dispute Resolution Education Trainings & Roundtables

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Questions or special accommodations?
Please contact Kevin Lottes at kevin.lottes@sc.ohio.gov or 614.387.9420.

NOTE: All training will be offered in an online platform. Participants who register for training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions upon registration confirmation.

Dec. 1, 2022

Description:
Join this interactive virtual presentation with mediator and former magistrate, Dick Altman, who will share tips and techniques you can use to avoid mediation pitfalls.   

Learning objectives:

  1. how to use storytelling to move parties toward an understanding of the other person’s perspective,
  2. how to move parties past positions to uncover their interests and;
  3. how to draft memorandums of understanding that hold up to most contingencies and reduce the likelihood that parties will need to return to court in the future. 

Faculty Bio: 
Richard L. Altman (Dick), graduated from the University of Toledo, summa cum laude, with a Bachelors in Science in 1979 as the valedictorian of the class, then entered Law School at the University of Toledo. In 1981 Dick attended the University of Sydney Law School in Sydney, Australia on a Paul Harris Fellowship and returned to U of T Law School to graduate as the Class valedictorian in August 1982. After graduation, Dick served as the Law Clerk for the Hon. Richard B. McQuade, Jr. until entering into private practice with the McQuade’s Co. LPA. Thereafter, he served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Fulton County and later in Defiance County. In 1988 Dick joined the Firm of Clemens, Korhn, Palmer and Liming, becoming a partner in 1991. While with the firm he served as a trial counsel in civil, criminal, domestic, juvenile and probate matters. In 1998, Dick was retained to serve as the first Mediation Coordinator of what is now called Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services. This program was the first multi-county mediation program in Ohio and quickly became a model for other counties to follow.  During this time, he became a frequent presenter and instructor for The Ohio Supreme Court, The Ohio Judicial College, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, on topics relating to mediation, neutral evaluation, domestic violence and parenting coordination. During his time as the mediation coordinator he conducted over 2800 mediation sessions relating to civil; domestic; juvenile and probate matters. In 2005 Dick became the Magistrate for Henry and Fulton County Courts of Common Pleas. In 2020 Dick left Henry County and became a full time Magistrate for Fulton County Common Pleas. During this period of 17 years he was responsible for conducting trials, settlement conferences and pre-trials. While serving in these positions he served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serving as President in 2014-2015. Additionally, he served on the Ohio Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Commission from its inception through 2021, serving as Chair from 2017 through 2020.   During his tenure as chair on the Commission, he had the privilege of presenting several Rules of Superintendence to the Justices and hosting Ohio’s first statewide Dispute Resolution Conference.  Dick has been published on topics of Dispute Resolution and remains a sought after presenter on topics related to mediation, neutral evaluation, parenting coordination, domestic violence, conducting trials and settlement conferences for judicial officers and other litigation related topics.     

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates. 

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 3.0 total general CLE credit hours.

Start and End Times:
1 to 4:15 p.m.
Log-in @ 12:55 p.m.

Additional Information:
This training will be offered via Zoom. Participants who register for this training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions one week prior to training start date.

Due to the highly participatory learning environment necessary to ensure a quality and effective online platform training experience, please review and commit to the following requirements:

  • Computer with a camera and microphone
  • Stable internet connection
  • Technology hiatus from your email, phone during the training
  • Early log-on, at least 5 minutes before the start of the training
  • Please refrain from scheduling other appointments, court hearings, etc. during the training. If you cannot attend this training in its entirety, please consider signing up for another session that fits your schedule
  • To reduce distractions and for your safety, please refrain from driving while training. We kindly request that you set up a stationary and quiet place in advance so that you may engage effectively in training group activities, including mediation role plays, polling, chatting, video demonstrations, group discussions, etc.
  • We will start promptly at 1 p.m. so please log-in early. We will take a few minutes to introduce everyone. We will use the introduction time to test your camera and microphone to ensure we have the most interactive training experience possible.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Jan. 26, 2023

Description:
High conflict disputes usually involve one or more people with high conflict personalities, requiring us to adapt our approaches to mediation. Please join Bill Eddy, co-founder of the High Conflict Institute and author of numerous best-selling books on the subject of high conflict disputes, for a three-hour short training in his New Ways for Mediation® method. Mr. Eddy will provide 10 key paradigm shifts, including three traditional approaches to avoid: trying for insight, focusing on the past, and opening up emotions. The focus shifts to teaching clients specific simple problem-solving skills to use during the mediation process. The structure and tasks of this approach will be described, which can be applied as a complete method or parts of it can be applied to any mediation. The mediator acts as a guide helping the parties use their problem-solving skills to gain a greater sense of ownership of their agenda and their agreements. Throughout the process, the mediator provides a lot of empathy, attention, and respect, which helps calm reactive parties.

Faculty Bio:
Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., co-founder and CIO of High Conflict Institute, pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) & is the world’s leading expert on methods for managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities. Bill has worked as the senior family mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center, a certified family law specialist representing clients in family court, & a licensed clinical social worker therapist. In 2021, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Academy of Professional Mediators. He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, and is a conjoint associate professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia. He has delivered talks & trainings to lawyers, judges, & mediators in over 30 U.S. states and 13 countries, & has authored or co-authored 20 books. His popular blog on the Psychology Today website has more than 5 million views. He regularly consults on issues of alienation, family violence, & false allegations in family court cases.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 3.0 total general CLE credit hours.

Start and End Times:
1 to 4:15 p.m.
Log-in @ 12:55 p.m.

Additional Information:
This training will be offered via Zoom. Participants who register for this training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions one week prior to training start date.

Due to the highly participatory learning environment necessary to ensure a quality and effective online platform training experience, please review and commit to the following requirements:

  • Computer with a camera and microphone
  • Stable internet connection
  • Technology hiatus from your email, phone during the training
  • Early log-on, at least 5 minutes before the start of the training
  • Please refrain from scheduling other appointments, court hearings, etc. during the training. If you cannot attend this training in its entirety, please consider signing up for another session that fits your schedule
  • To reduce distractions and for your safety, please refrain from driving while training. We kindly request that you set up a stationary and quiet place in advance so that you may engage effectively in training group activities, including mediation role plays, polling, chatting, video demonstrations, group discussions, etc.
  • We will start promptly at 1 p.m. so please log-in early. We will take a few minutes to introduce everyone. We will use the introduction time to test your camera and microphone to ensure we have the most interactive training experience possible.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Nov. 7-8, 2022
  • Nov. 14-15, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate abuse, neglect, and dependency cases in a court setting.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Fundamentals of Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

Specialized Family or Divorce Mediation Training;

Specialized Domestic Abuse Issues and Mediation Training;

After requesting a session, you will be asked to provide the name a judge in an Ohio court of appeals, court of common pleas, municipal or county court who recommends you take this training.

Course Description:
Participants will discuss the legal and social theories behind mediating this case type, explain the various stakeholders that need to be involved both in program planning and in the mediation process, and practice conducting these multi-party mediations. Topics will include terminology related to Ohio dependency law, the court process, mediating within statutory parameters, domestic abuse, child abuse, impact of socio-economic and diversity factors, and strengthening community resources and referral systems.

This training is required under Rule 16.22 and 16.23 of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio, for all mediators who wish to receive child protection mediation referrals from an Ohio court.

Training Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Establish an appropriate process to conduct child protection mediation;

Identify the parties necessary for child protection mediation;

Explain the role of all participants in child protection mediation; and

Demonstrate an appropriate child protection mediation in a role play scenario.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 28.0 total CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hours of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • May May 9-10, 2022
  • Sept. 29-30, 2022
  • Oct. 27-28, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate family cases in a court setting.

Pre-Requisite:
In order to attend this training, the following pre-requisite must be met:

Fundamentals of Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

Specialized Family or Divorce Mediation Training (as set forth in Rule 16.23(B) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

After requesting a session, you will be asked to name a judge in an Ohio court of appeals, court of common pleas, municipal or county court who recommends you take this training.

Course Description:
The Domestic Abuse Issues and Mediation training curriculum is a blended learning approach consisting of an online learning course followed by a two-day live interactive classroom training program. This training is designed to provide both substantive and experiential learning to participants on the importance of identifying and appropriately responding to domestic abuse issues in mediation (note: mediation of the domestic abuse itself is never appropriate).

Faculty uses a combination of lecture, interactive large group discussion, small group work, and role plays to ensure that participants not only understand how domestic abuse issues effect mediation, but are able to incorporate and apply what they are learning in a safe and supportive environment.

This training is required under Rule 16.22 and 16.23 of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio, for all mediators who wish to receive family law mediation referrals from an appellate court, court of common pleas, municipal court, or county court.

Training Objectives:
Upon completion of this training session, participants will be able to:

Screen for and recognize dynamics of domestic abuse used for coercive control during intake and through ongoing mediation sessions;

Understand why a history of domestic abuse by one party against a current or former intimate partner is presumed to make mediation an inappropriate means of dispute resolution;

Identify whether an abused party who nonetheless wants to mediate is able to safely and meaningfully participate in the process;

Be able to implement a range of accommodations to enhance safety of all participants during screening and throughout mediation, and to safely terminate mediation when continuing is inappropriate.

Credit Hours:
Approved for 13.50 CLE general credit hours.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Oct. 24-26, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who interested in conducting eldercaring coordination for probate courts.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Fundamentals in Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

Individuals that meet the qualifications to be an eldercaring coordinator, have submitted an Eldercaring Coordination Application Form and are designated to be Eldercaring Coordinators for existing Pilot Sites, Judges, Magistrates, and Pilot Site Administrators

Course Description:
This practical training focuses on the application of the parenting coordination process and builds upon the prior knowledge, skills, training and experience of participants. Participants will gain knowledge pertaining to the eldercaring coordination process, conflict resolution for those in high conflict regarding elders’ care and decision-making, elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, ethics, and the aging process as it pertains to eldercaring coordination.

Training Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to explain all of the following:

  1. eldercaring coordination concepts;
  2. process to identify possible elder abuse, neglect, exploitation and family violence and their implications on the eldercaring coordination process;
  3. the elder adult within the context of the eldercaring coordination process;
  4. capacity considerations for the eldercaring coordination process and supportive decision-making;
  5. the eldercaring coordination process and procedures necessary for safe and open environment conducive to the resolution of high conflict disputes;
  6. eldercaring coordination person-centered, trauma informed techniques;
  7. elder law and court interface pertaining to the eldercaring coordination process;
  8. family dynamics and diversity within the context of the eldercaring coordination process;
  9. ethical considerations pertaining to eldercaring coordination;
  10. resources and professional supports for the elder and family as well as the eldercaring coordination process;
  11. eldercaring coordination within the context of research and Eldercaring Coordination Pilot Sites.

Credit Hours;
Approval will be requested for 22.50 hours of CLE credit hours, including 1.75 hours of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Oct. 10-12, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who have are interested in mediating cases and disputes for probate courts.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Fundamentals in Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio)

Course Description:
This training focuses on Adult Guardianship and Family Caregiver Mediation and the differences between other types of mediation and elder mediation. In this training, participants will focus on the mediator's responsibility toward inclusion of the older person's voice in the mediation and techniques for working in multiparty family mediations.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be prepared to organize and perform elder mediations. This training will not certify participants as a mediator, but is meant as an advanced training for those who have already taken basic mediation training, and an introduction to Elder Mediation for those who have not.

This training covers the following topics:

  • Differences between elder mediation and other types of mediation
  • Guardianship/conservatorship law and practice
  • Capacity and disability issues
  • Legal red flags
  • Elder abuse
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Multiparty mediation and family dynamics
  • Deciding who should be present at the mediation
  • Working with attorneys, court representatives, GALs, and institutional representatives
  • Role of community resources, support persons, advocates, and surrogates in mediation

Training Objectives:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Understand elder mediation theory and practice, including the importance of inclusion of the older person in the mediation;

Learn how to manage multi-party mediations and identify the challenges for mediation with family dynamics; and

Learn about how the aging process and dementia affect the mediation.

Credit Hours:
Approval will be requested for17.0 hours of CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Jan. 24-25, 2022
  • Feb. 24-25, 2022
  • April 4-5, 2022
  • July 18-19, 2022
  • Sept. 8-9, 2022
  • Oct. 6-7, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate cases in a court setting.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Complete the online learning module Fundamentals of Mediation [ONLINE] available through OhioCourtEDU
After requesting a session, you will be asked to name a judge in an Ohio court of appeals, court of common pleas, municipal, or county court who recommends you take this training.

Course Description:
The Fundamentals of Mediation training curriculum is a blended learning approach consisting of a 2-hour online learning followed by a two-day live interactive classroom training program.

Throughout this blending training curriculum, participants will be introduced to concepts that support the practice of mediation including conflict theory, negotiation and power, communication. This training will introduce core values of mediation and continually reinforce the importance of respecting mediation core values.

This training is highly interactive and fosters participation through group discussion and involvement in small group mediation role play and exercises. Mediation role plays and exercises are drawn from a variety of court mediation practices, giving participants familiarity with the different settings in which courts use mediation.

This training is required under Rule 16.22 and 16.23 of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio, for all mediators who wish to receive family law mediation referrals from an appellate court, court of common pleas, municipal court, or county court.

Training Objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the theory and process of mediation using a six-stage mediation model
  • Apply effective techniques to address common mediation challenges
  • Address safety concerns
  • Appreciate differences of mediation participants
  • Recognize and manage compassion fatigue

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 13.0 CLE credit hours, including one hour of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Aug. 24, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to conduct a neutral evaluation process in family law cases in a court setting.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

There are no prerequisites to attend this course; however, a background in mediation in family law cases is recommended;

After requesting a session, you will be asked to name a judge in an Ohio court of appeals, court of common pleas, municipal or county court who recommends you take this training.

Course Description:
This training will provide a “nuts and bolts” of Neutral Evaluation in the family court setting. Participants will discuss a sample local rules governing Neutral Evaluation; review documents and forms used for case management; explore the roles of the various participants including the evaluator attorneys, GALS and litigants; and how to prepare litigants to resolve their cases using the Neutral Evaluation process. Participants will be guided though the implementation process so that participants will be able to plan for a program of their own. In addition, the presenters will explore with participants the benefits and challenges from each of their diverse perspectives within the court.

This workshop will also feature a mock demonstration of a Neutral Evaluation session. After the presenters explain the key components of an Neutral Evaluation session, the presenters will outline the roles and responsibilities of each Neutral Evaluation participant, including the legally-trained evaluator, the mental health evaluator, the attorneys, the parents, and the children. The presenters will highlight helpful practice tips before demonstrating those skills in the mock Neutral Evaluation session.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 3.5 total general CLE credit hours, including .5 hours of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Dec. 5, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Parenting Coordinators who have completed the Parenting Coordination training and received referrals from an Ohio court or are managing parenting coordination services for a court.

Description:
This seminar will focus on the continuum of parent-child contact problems and the risk factors in families where children resist or refuse parental contact.  Common traits of the favored and rejected parent will be identified along with resist-refuse family dynamics (R-RD).   A methodology for screening and an intervention strategy for mild to severe cases will also be covered.   The role and functions of a Parenting Coordinator (PC) in these cases will be addressed along with essential structural elements of the process to increase likelihood of success in repairing ruptured parent-child relationships.

Objectives

  • Describe the continuum of parent-child contact problems (e.g., affinity, alignment, realistic estrangement, alienation, hybrid).
  • Identify at least two short-term and two long-term consequences on children involved in resist-refuse coparenting and family dynamics.
  • Discuss the interface between the PC and individual/family therapist(s) concurrently involved to assist with resist-refuse family dynamics in parent-child contact problem cases.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials will be sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 3.0 total general CLE credit hours.

Date, Start and End Times:
Dec. 5, 2022
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Log-in @ 8:55 a.m.

Additional Information:
This training will be offered via Zoom. Participants who register for this training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions one week prior to training start date.

Due to the highly participatory learning environment necessary to ensure a quality and effective online platform training experience, please review and commit to the following requirements:

  1. Computer with a camera and microphone
  2. Stable internet connection
  3. Technology hiatus from your email, phone during the training
  4. Early log-on, at least 5 minutes before the start of the training
  5. Please refrain from scheduling other appointments, court hearings, etc. during the training. If you cannot attend this training in its entirety, please consider signing up for another session that fits your schedule
  6. To reduce distractions and for your safety, please refrain from driving while training. We kindly request that you set up a stationary and quiet place in advance so that you may engage effectively in training group activities, including mediation role plays, polling, chatting, video demonstrations, group discussions, etc.
  7. We will start promptly at 9 a.m. so please log-in early. We will take a few minutes to introduce everyone. Please be prepared to share with the group one unique thing about yourself. We will use the introduction time to test your camera and microphone to ensure we have the most interactive training experience possible.

Registration Deadline:
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Questions or special accommodations?
Please contact Kevin Lottes at Kevin.Lottes@sc.ohio.gov or 614.387.9420.

Nov. 1-2, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate cases in a family court setting.

Pre-Requisites:*
*(Sup.R. 90.05 General Parenting Coordinator Appointment Qualifications refers to former provisions of Sup.R. 16 when it refers to pre-requisites; however, the training referred to in Sup.R..90.05 has been replaced by the training in Sup.R. 16.22 and 16.23 listed below)

In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Fundamentals in Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

Specialized Family or Divorce Mediation Training;

Specialized Domestic Abuse Issues and Mediation Training; and

After requesting a session, you will be asked to provide the name a judge in an Ohio court of appeals, court of common pleas, municipal or county court who recommends you take this training.

Course Description:
This training will take participants through the process, activities, and role of a Parenting Coordinator and the information and skills relevant to the services of a Parenting Coordinator. Within this format, participants will receive information focusing on the psychological dynamics of the parents and the impact of the conflict on the children. The workshop will emphasize the practical aspects of serving as a parenting coordinator. The use of parenting coordination in cases with allegations of domestic violence, alienation and child abuse will be discussed, as well as the types of cases that are not appropriate for parenting coordination. This training will also discuss the ethical issues inherent in this role and present an overview of standards of practice.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 12.0 total general CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hours of professional conduct.

Start and End Times:
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

July 13, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Parenting Coordinators who have completed the Parenting Coordination training and received referrals from an Ohio court or are managing parenting coordination services for a court.

Description:
One aspect of Parenting Coordination is having access to parenting information to assist parents in being more effective as parents but also to be informed to make decisions regarding their child(ren). Participants will learn ways they can provide some parenting guidance and information in a neutral and facilitated way as a Parenting Coordinator. Participants will receive easy to access resources to share with clients based on industry standards and evidenced based practice.

Objectives
Participants will:

  1. Gain information on resources for parents and how to vet neutral evidence-based parenting information.
  2. Learn strategies to approach parents when providing guidance and using such information in negotiating parenting decisions.
  3. Receive easy to access resources to assist Parenting Coordinators and parents on standards in child development and child care.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials will be sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for 3.0 total general CLE credit hours.

Date, Start and End Times:
July, 13, 2022
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Log-in @ 8:55 a.m.

Additional Information:
This training will be offered via Zoom. Participants who register for this training through OhioCourtEDU will be notified of login instructions one week prior to training start date.

Due to the highly participatory learning environment necessary to ensure a quality and effective online platform training experience, please review and commit to the following requirements:

  1. Computer with a camera and microphone
  2. Stable internet connection
  3. Technology hiatus from your email, phone during the training
  4. Early log-on, at least 5 minutes before the start of the training
  5. Please refrain from scheduling other appointments, court hearings, etc. during the training. If you cannot attend this training in its entirety, please consider signing up for another session that fits your schedule
  6. To reduce distractions and for your safety, please refrain from driving while training. We kindly request that you set up a stationary and quiet place in advance so that you may engage effectively in training group activities, including mediation role plays, polling, chatting, video demonstrations, group discussions, etc.
  7. We will start promptly at 9 a.m. so please log-in early. We will take a few minutes to introduce everyone. Please be prepared to share with the group one unique thing about yourself. We will use the introduction time to test your camera and microphone to ensure we have the most interactive training experience possible.

Registration Deadline:
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

Questions or special accommodations?
Please contact Kevin Lottes at Kevin.Lottes@sc.ohio.gov or 614.387.9420.

June 23-24, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate school attendance issues.

Pre-Requisites:
There are no pre-requisites to attend this training; however, it is recommended that participants take the Fundamentals of Mediation training [ONLINE] modules found in OhioCourtEDU prior to attending this training.

Course Description:
This course is designed to prepare professional mediators to navigate the situations commonly encountered by students, schools, and families when confronted with barriers that may hinder school attendance.

This training is required under Rule 16.22 and 16.23 of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio for all mediators who wish to receive school attendance mediation referrals from a juvenile court in Ohio.

Training Objectives:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Know the legislative framework for attendance in Ohio;
  • Gain competency in conducting school attendance mediations; and
  • Reinforce mediation core values and standards for school attendance cases.

Credit Hours:
Approval has been requested for general xx CLE credit hours, including xx hours of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • March 7-8; 14-15, 2022
  • Aug. 22-23; 29-20, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who are interested in learning how to mediate family cases in a court setting.

Pre-Requisites:
In order to attend this course, the following pre-requisites must be met:

Fundamentals of Mediation Training (or equivalent as set forth in Rule 16.23(A) of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio);

After requesting a session, you will be asked to provide the name a judge in an Ohio court of common pleas domestic relations or juvenile division who recommends you take this training; and

Complete the following online learning modules available on OhioCourtEDU prior to the in-person classroom learning: ADR: Overview of Divorce/Family Mediation [ONLINE]

ADR: Statutes, Rules, Standards and Ethics in Divorce & Family Mediation [ONLINE]

ADR: Family Systems, Family Dynamics & Child Developments Topics [ONLINE]

Course Description:
The Specialized Family or Divorce Mediation training curriculum is a blended learning approach consisting of three online learning modules followed by a four-day live interactive classroom training program. Throughout this blending training curriculum, participants will be introduced to concepts that support the practice of mediation in family law cases including an overview of the theory and process framing divorce or family mediation, an introduction to family systems, family dynamics, and child development in the context of mediation, and an overview of the statutes, rules, standards and ethics of governing mediation in family cases. This training is an advanced training that will cover all aspects of mediation in family law cases.

This training is required under Rule 16.22 and 16.23 of the Rules of Superintendence for the courts of Ohio for all mediators who wish to receive family mediation referrals from a domestic relations or juvenile court in Ohio.

Training Objectives:
Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the theory and process of mediation to family and divorce cases;
  • Recognize the statutes, rules, standards and ethics that apply to family and divorce cases;
  • Use effective communication in family and divorce mediation;
  • Demonstrate appropriate screening and safety techniques; and
  • Know the impact of substance abuse and mental health issues, child development, and high conflict personalities on mediation in family law cases.
  • Credit Hours
    Approval has been requested for 28 total CLE credit hours, including 1.25 hours of professional conduct.

Tuition:
This course is tuition-free. Materials are sent to participants via email a week prior to the training dates.

Start and End Times:
8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. each day
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • June 30, 2021
  • Dec. 1, 2021

Who Should Attend:
All Ohio court-connected appellate mediators and individuals managing appellate court mediation services.

Description:
In 2021, the mediator roundtables will be divided into appellate mediator, family mediator, general civil mediator, and parenting coordination roundtables. Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for court-connected mediators to come together to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of mediators across the state.

Tuition:
This roundtable is tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • May 18, 2022
  • Dec. 14, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Ohio civil mediators and managers of civil court mediation programs.

Description:
Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for civil mediators and managers of civil court mediation programs to come together virtually to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of mediators and program managers across the state.

Tuition:
All roundtables are tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline:
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Feb. 23, 2022
  • Sept. 7, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Ohio eviction mediators who mediate in person, virtually or on-line and managers of court eviction mediation programs.

Description:
Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for eviction mediators and managers of court eviction mediation programs to come together virtually to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of mediators and program managers across the state.

Tuition:
All roundtables are tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Jan. 12, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • June 29, 2022
  • Oct 12, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Ohio mediators who have some or extensive experience mediating cases.

Description:
Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for experienced mediators to come together virtually to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of experienced mediators across the state.

Tuition:
All roundtables are tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Feb. 16, 2022
  • April 27, 2022
  • Sept. 21, 2022
  • Dec. 7, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Ohio civil mediators and managers of civil court mediation programs.

Description:
Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for civil mediators and managers of civil court mediation programs to come together virtually to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of mediators and program managers across the state.

Tuition:
All roundtables are tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • April 6, 2022
  • Nov. 16, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Ohio foreclosure mediators who mediate in person, virtually or on-line and managers of court foreclosure mediation programs.

Description:
Mediator roundtables are an opportunity for eviction mediators and managers of court foreclosure mediation programs to come together virtually to discuss and share information and updates relating to changes in the laws, prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, innovative practices, and topics of interest among a network of mediators and program managers across the state.

Tuition:
All roundtables are tuition-free.

Start and End Times:
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Registration
Course registration closes one week prior to the course date.

  • Jan. 19, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • June 15, 2022
  • Oct. 19, 2022

Who Should Attend:
Parenting coordinators who receive referrals from Ohio courts and managers of court parenting coordination programs.

Description:
Parenting coordinator roundtables are an opportunity for new and seasoned parenting coordinators and mangers of court parenting coordination programs to come together virtually to network, share information about updates and changes in the laws, discuss prevailing issues and concerns, practice tips, and topics of interest among a network of parenting coordinators and program managers across the state.

Start and End Times:
12 to 1:30 p.m.

Registration

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