The Family Conflict Resolution Track (2016)
This year the SCMA Conference will include a series of workshops designed for the Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Divorce professional, The Family Conflict Resolution Track – “From Dating to Divorce.” Conference attendees can enjoy all of the workshops offered in this new track for the general conference registration fee.
Session One (10:30am – 11:45am)
Marital Conflict: From Dating to Divorce
A panel of conflict resolution professionals will participate in a discussion that will examine marital conflict from dating to divorce. Family law mediators will learn new insights and skills for resolving marital conflict in their mediation practice. Through a number of video clips from popular sitcoms and films that depict the various stages of marital conflict, the panel will present topics that include: how couples sow the seeds of marital conflict by the selection of their marital partners, the lack of conflict resolution skills in our culture, communication styles and differences, and Dr. John Gottman’s studies on marital conflict and the causes of divorce.
- Todd Creager, LMFT, Coach and Author
- Terri Breer, Family Law Attorney & Mediator
- Shawn D. Skillin, Esq.
Session Two (1:00pm – 2:15pm)
Mediating Premarital Agreements “Tie the Knot – But Don’t Strangle the Romance!”
The old style “Take it or Leave It” Premarital Agreement negotiated between warring attorneys and clients is often a toxic start to a resentful walk down the aisle. However, when “soon to be marrieds” sit down together with their attorneys to address their concerns, their visions of the future, their financial and nonfinancial understandings, this “prenuptial dialogue” can not only form the basis of a collaborative and mutually respectful premarital agreement, but also provide the foundation for a healthier, more open and successful marriage. This presentation will discuss a format for mediating premarital agreements or utilizing the Collaborative Process to help couples navigate this challenging experience.
- Judith C. Nesburn, Family Law Attorney/Mediator/Collaborative Attorney, LCSW
- Frederick J. Glassman, Attorney & Mediator, Collaborative Attorney
Session Three (2:30pm – 3:45pm)
Interdisciplinary Mediation: How To Use Principals Of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice in Mediation
We mediators are very used to being at the center of the eye of the storm. Why do you have to be there all by yourself? Principles of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice teach us the power of integrating professionals from separate disciplines in our mediation work. In this workshop you will learn how to bring advising counsel, financial professionals and mental health professionals together as a team to more efficiently help parties solve problems and reach settlement. Learn to synergize your efforts and specialize across disciplines during a mediation process to bring maximum value and benefit to the case.