Missouri State University

Elder Mediation Training

elder mediation training

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 Training Times: Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (dinner provided); Friday/Saturday April 12-13 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided). 

This training focuses on Adult Guardianship and Family Caregiver Mediation. Learn the differences between other types of mediation and elder mediation. This training focuses 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, you 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, GAL's and institutional representatives
  • Role of community resources, support persons, advocates, and surrogates in mediation
  • Ethical standards for elder mediators
  • Mental and physical effects of aging, disabilities, and accommodation in mediation
  • Societal and participant bias, family and cultural attitudes, and their impact on the mediation process
  • Pre-mediation interviews and screening for appropriateness of mediation
  • Marketing an elder mediation practice
  • Demonstration, video and practice

This training provides CE credits and meets the requirements under ACR’s Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution Section’s core objectives for elder mediation training and adult guardianship mediation training.

About Zena Zumeta

Internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators, Zena D. Zumeta is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators (now merged into the Association for Conflict Resolution), past president of the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation, and past Regional Vice President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is also a former member of the Advisory Council for the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and ACR's Membership and Governance Committees.

Ms. Zumeta has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has been providing mediation services since 1981.

She is an approved civil and family mediator in Michigan, and an approved mediation trainer for Michigan and many other states.

Ms. Zumeta is the recipient of the the Family Mediation Council-Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award from ACR; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.

Additional Training Details

This training will take place Thursday (April 11) from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. - 5 :00 p.m. Friday-Saturday (April 12-13) on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. The training fee is $550 for those who register by March 15th. After March 15th the training fee is $650. Businesses receive a discount when they register 3 employees for $1500.