Mediation Trainings and Conflict Resolution Workshops

Mediation Training & Conflict Resolution Skills to Solve Family Problems and Relationship Issues

“Thank you again for your extraordinary presentation! It was thoughtfully laid out, clear, concise and packed with important information. You are a fantastic speaker and I will jump at the opportunity to learn from you in the future.  I look forward to weaving my knowledge into my couples work and feel more prepared to help those who are decoupling.”

-Email from trainee

Upcoming Events

Mediation is Not Just for Lawyers!

This workshop is intended for social workers as an introduction to the field of mediation. As a mediator originally trained as a social worker I can attest to the need for the field to have more mediators with mental health backgrounds. The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness about the benefits of mediation, orient them to some of the fundamental principles of mediation, and inspire social workers to seek further mediation training.

June 24, 2024 – 9-11 AM

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Continuing Education at Boston College 

Child-Centered Facilitative Mediation

Parenting peace is paramount for healthy child development. Child-centered mediation is an optimal process for parents to restructure and redefine their higher conflict relationship to a more collaborative and peaceful coparenting affiliation. Unlike litigation, mediation fosters collaboration and reduces toxic stress for the children, which, research proves, leads to far healthier outcomes for children. This workshop will describe the unique ways a child-centered facilitative interest-based mediation process helps parents create child-centered parenting plans and practice effective coparenting communication. The workshop will include lecture, case studies, group engagement, concrete tools, and discussion.

June 5-8, 2024 (times TBD)

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Association for Family and Conciliation Courts National Conference

Harassment Prevention Mediation Training Program

Mediation Programs in the Juvenile Court

Harassment Prevention mediation is a type of mediation that occurs in Harassment Prevention Order cases in the Juvenile Court. I will be on a training panel and my role will be to train mediators on the neurobiology of the adolescent brain, how it impacts the issues that lead to Harassment Orders, and how to structure a mediation that will be successful with adolescents, particularly those with histories of trauma.

April 8, 2024

Supporting Clients to Divorce with Dignity

Divorce is complicated. Well-intended but misinformed guidance about divorce can cause harm. Learn about divorce in MA, process options, child-centered divorce, tips for effective negotiation, and divorce myths and misconceptions.

April 25-26, 2024 (specific time TBD)

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National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts’ Symposium

Mediation 101: Conflict Resolution for Families and Communities

Conflict abounds and social workers are ideally suited to help! This is an introduction to mediation, including conflict theory, core principles and mediator strategies, and practice examples of how mediation can help families, communities, schools, and more.

April 25-26, 2024 (specific time TBD)

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National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts’ Symposium

Past Events

Divorce with Dignity

Separation and divorce can be the most stressful process one can go through, second only to the loss of a loved one. Led by a licensed social worker and family and divorce mediator, this session will describe the divorce process in Massachusetts, with a particular emphasis on collaborative options such as mediation and collaborative law. Topics include parenting plans, property division, spousal support, and child support, as well as best practices for supporting children and yourself through the divorce process. Open to individuals and couples.

November 8, 2023, 6:30-8:30 PM

Arlington Adult Education

Private Sessions, Neutrality, and Transparency:

Navigating the role of Individual Communications in Mediation

July 20, 2023

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MWI Mediator Roundtable Presentation

How to Help Divorcing Parents Reduce Conflict for their Children

June 14, 2023

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Continuing Education

Divorce: Information You Need to Know:

Moving forward in a thoughtful way that works for your circumstances

May 17, 2023

Arlington Community Education

Mediation 101: Conflict Resolution for Family and Communities

April 28, 2023

National Association of Social Works MA Symposium

Mediation 101: Conflict Resolution for Family and Communities

April 28, 2023

National Association of Social Works MA Symposium

You Can’t be a Great Parent and a Lousy Co-Parent: Successful Co-Parenting Across Two Homes

April 27, 2023

National Association of Social Works MA Symposium

Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving

March 29, 2023

Town of Franklin SEPAC

Divorce Mediation Training

May 16-18, 2022

Program Description: This comprehensive divorce mediation training is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective divorce mediators through demonstrations, presentations, written materials, and role-plays.

National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts | Symposium 2022

April 28-29, 2022


  • Divorce and Family Mediation 101: Helping Family Divorce and Resolve Conflicts
  • How to Support Your Clients Through Divorce

How to Support Your Clients Through Divorce

March 22, 2022
Boston College Continuing Education — B.C. School of Social Work

Improving Performance by Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

June 1, 2021


  • How emotions guide our behaviors and the science behind it
  • How to develop emotional intelligence (EI) skills to improve your work performance and results
  • EI’s implications for business
  • Why some meetings are duds, common professional mishaps, and how to prevent them in the future


  • Dr. Trudy Good, Director of Good Havens, and member of our Special Needs & Elder Care Club
  • Marian Howley, Chief Executive Officer of M Howley Consulting LLC, and member of our Family Office Services Club
  • Ben Stich, Family & Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Law Divorce Coach with Mediation and Family Services, and member of our Needham Club

High Conflict Parenting Program

Fall 2020
William James College


You’re Going to be Grandparents Together

October 3, 2019
How Child-Centered Divorce Mediation can Lead to Better Child Outcomes

Divorce Boot Camp

May 7, 2019

Program Description: Learn about the finer points of the divorce process — from law and finance, to wellness and coping strategies — so you understand the impact of divorce both now and in your future. We will give you the tools necessary to evolve into a knowledgeable, dynamic decision-maker who’s able to make informed choices… and not emotionally-driven, costly decisions.

I spoke on mediation as well as strategies for coping with the emotional challenges of divorce.

School Social Workers Association of America National Conference

April 4, 2019
Orlando, FL

Rethinking Challenging Kids:
Challenging behavior has traditionally been thought of as willful and goal-oriented which has led to approaches focusing on motivating better behavior using rewards and punishments. At Think:Kids we have some very different ideas about why kids with behavior challenges struggle. Research demonstrates that for most of these kids, their challenges result from a lack of skill, not will; skills such as problem solving, frustration tolerance and flexibility. In this workshop, you will learn about Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) – an evidence-based approach which decreases challenging behavior while simultaneously helping students build the critical thinking skills they will need to succeed.


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