Certified Family Mediator

As a Certified Family mediator, you will improve your soft skills and conflict resolution abilities for your current position or advancement at work, enhance your resume as you seek new employment or help to open or apply to work within a Mediators Without Borders service location. In this highly comprehensive Program, you will learn how to effectively help others negotiate and collaborate through the most difficult disputes. The Program provides training in the InAccord® Conflict Analysis model for mediation combined with an applied practice that includes simulated role plays. The program concludes with a course of focused study in Family disputes. The Family Mediation specialization course focuses on parent child issues including teens and step families. The program will instruct you in family mediation skills and systems theory as it applies to family disputes. Niche areas of mediation such as disputes with aging family members, probate and estate conflict and family business skills will be introduced and demonstrate the wide breadth of conflicts that can be facilitated by a competently trained family mediator.

Students who successfully complete this program, may choose to sit for the Certified Mediator and Arbitrator exam after completion of the add-on course, In Accord Arbitration or self-study using purchased course materials. Upon successful completion of the Program, you may choose to submit an application to Mediators Without Borders to be considered for a referral network to work as a professionally Certified Mediator and Arbitrator or as a professional Interviewer. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

Details + Objective

You will learn

  • Articulate the use of the InAccord® Conflict Analysis model for use family mediation
  • Examine the Three Phases and Four Stages of the InAccord® model
  • Explore the pre-interview and post interview phases of the InAccord® mediation as applied to family disputes
  • Apply the Touchstone Skills of questioning, reflecting, and reframing to simulated mediation cases
  • Apply InAccord® surveys to simulated cases and analyze the results
  • Examine ways the conflict is generated in families
  • Understand theories related to family systems and apply concepts to common disputes
  • Understand the mental and physical effects of aging and its effects on families
  • Examine probate and estate disputes and how mediation helps bring resolution
  • Explore family business disputes and apply mediation to their resolution

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours

How you will benefit

  • Prepare yourself to work in a legal office, human resources team, private practice, or nursing home
  • Work toward earning your InAccord Certified Mediator certification
  • Advance at your current place of work and add sought after skills to your resume as you seek a new career
  • Settle disputes between people and receive the personal satisfaction of creating a more functional environment
  • Registration + Fees

    Begins: Open enrollment | Registration will open soon

    Course: TBD

    Tuition: $4,295 | Prospective students of this program may be eligible for full or partial federal tuition assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Outline
    • Learn about the justice and alternative dispute resolution. Receive an overview of the InAccord Conflict Analysis Model.
    • Study the first of the Touchstone Skills, craft the memorandum of agreement, study special issues in mediation, and legal processes.
    • Understand the conflict analysis and Touchstone Skills in practice. Facilitate an InAccord intervention.
    • Facilitate the InAccord caucus, various interventions, and cover ethical dilemmas and mitigation.
    • Learn about common conflicts in families, family mediation skills, systems theory and families, and how to address parents and children.
    • Explore mediation disputes around aging, family business mediation, estate and probate mediation, and ethic.
  • Requirements

    There are no pre-requisites for this program. Using a computer browser and Microsoft Word are necessary to complete the assignments and navigate the online campus. Students should have basic computer skills and be comfortable navigating the Internet and using e-mail. Students must be willing to learn to write at a professional level in order to generate contracts and fulfill various written tasks related to mediation and restorative justice.

    This program can be taken on a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows Vista and later operating systems and IE 8 and later browsers. With a PC, Microsoft Word 2003 or higher is also required on a PC.

    On a Mac, the program is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (with Java 6) and later operating systems, Firefox, and Chrome, and Safari latest browsers.

    We highly recommend that you use Internet Explorer in place of other web browsers. You must have the capability to submit your assignments in Microsoft Word documents only.

  • Instructors

    Brian Luther, J.D. is a Colorado licensed attorney and certified mediator and arbitrator with over 15 years of mediation and alternative dispute resolution experience in a variety of settings, over 8 years of experience supervising and mentoring attorneys at LexisNexis, a leading legal research corporation, and over 5 years of being the Lead Trainer and Internship Supervisor for Mediators Without Borders. Brian has presided as an impartial Hearing Officer for the City of Longmont, Colorado, and was just appointed as an alternate board member for the City of Longmont Board of Adjustments & Appeals, which is a quasi-judicial city board. As an independent and flexible attorney with an innovative mind-set and impeccable verbal and writing skills, Brian brings enthusiastic dedication to his work and his clients. Brian is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a law degree from the New England School of Law.