Civil and Family Mediation Training

Civil and Family Mediation Training - October 16-20, 2019, in Springfield, Mo.

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The CDR has been offering high-quality professional mediation training for nearly 15 years, and we will again offer Civil and Family Mediation Training October 16-20, 2019, in Springfield, Mo. This event features more than 20 experienced mediators serving as trainers and coaches, including Charlene Berquist, PhD; MS; Heather Blades, MA; Brad Palmore, MA; Tobin Dunn, JD; Jim Meyer, PhD; Lisa Blumenstock, JD; Tara Forrester, MS, PLPC;  and many others!

We hope you will join us for this highly interactive 3-day (civil mediation training October 16-18, 2019) or 5-day (civil and family mediation training October 16-20, 2019) training. You have three training options to choose from:

  • Civil Mediation Training (October 16-18, 2019) -  This training covers basic mediation skills and applies these skills to civil cases.
  • Civil and Family Mediation Training (October 16-20, 2019) - This 40-hour training includes both civil and family mediation training.
  • Family Mediation Training (October 18-20 2019) - This advanced training applies basic mediation skills to family cases, including divorce and child custody mediation. Note: you must have completed civil mediation training prior to attending this training.

The training takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day. Participants develop their mediation skills through role-plays and interactive exercises and receive extensive one-on-one coaching and written evaluations of their skill development from coaches with a wide range of experience in a variety of types of civil and family mediation. The training covers a variety of topics, including:

  • The causes and dynamics of conflict
  • Listening skills
  • Negotiation theory
  • Interests vs. positions – getting at the real goals in a conflict
  • Diversity, power, and conflict
  • Mediation techniques, and much more

Prospective participants can view detailed learning objectives for this training here.

Learn From Over 20 Presenters and Coaches

The CDR's Mediation Training offers an unparalleled learning environment for attendees by bringing together expert presenters as well as coaches with experience in all types of mediation, including civil mediation, family mediation, employment mediation, dependency mediation, and more. This structure allows participants to learn from mediators with a wide variety of perspectives and approaches to mediation and offers networking opportunities with experienced professional mediators.

Continuing Education Credits

Completion of the entire 40-hour training meets the mediation training requirement for Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17 (general civil mediators) and Rule 88 (family mediators) (individual Circuits may have additional requirements for mediators who wish to receive court referrals.) This training has also previously been approved for mediators in several other states including Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana - for more information on state approvals please email

This training provides between 20- 40 hours of continuing education credit (based on the credit type), and has been previously approved for the following types of credit:

  • CLE (continuing legal education) 
  • NBCC (from the National Board for Certified Counselors)
  • NASW (from the National Association of Social Workers)
  • CEU (continuing education units - one CEU is awarded for every 10 hours of participation)
  • SPHR, GPHR, and PHR (from the Society of Human Resources Management) - for the civil mediation training portion (Note: our training has been previously approved for SPHR/PHR credit; participants will receive a certificate of completion which they must individually submit to the organization to have the training hours approved following the event.)
CE credits for other types of professionals may also be available; for more information on CE credit please email

Training Fees

The CDR's mediation training offers an unparalleled value, and training registration fees include all training materials (including a 500+ page training binder and The Mediator's Handbook by Jennifer Beer) as well as a full breakfast and lunch and snacks each day.

The following are the training fees** for the Mediation Training. Payment plans may be arranged upon request. A limited number of partial scholarships are available - download a scholarship application here.

5-Day Civil and Family Mediation Training

  • Business and General Public: $1,000 before September 1st - $1,100 after September 1st
  • Student and Non-Profit: $900 before September 1st  - $1,000 after September 1st

3-Day CIVIL Mediation Training

  • Business and General Public:  $740 before September 1st - $840 after September 1st
  • Student and Non-Profit: $640 before September 1st - $740 after September 1st

3-Day FAMILY Mediation Training

  • Business and General Public:  $740 before September 1st - $840 after September 1st
  • Student and Non-Profit:  $640 before September 1st - $740 after September 1st