Summer Bonanza 2016

Continuing Education for Mediators

Communication TrainingOur Summer Bonanza  of Training offers Virginia Continuing Mediator Education credits for recertification.
Topics include 2 hours of Mediator Ethics.

July 13,  8:30 am-5:00 pm, 8 hours total
Attend the entire day’s training OR pick one or more sessions.


This day long training event will offer a series of topics relevant to achieving Continuing Mediator Education credits for recertification in Virginia.  Some of sessions listed below are awaiting approved for CME credit. This fast-paced day will include topics that explore both general and family circumstances.  Included is 2 hours of Mediator Ethics.

8:15 am — Registration

8:30 am — 10:30 am — Mediator Ethical Reasoning:

Sound ethics and ethical decision making is an asset to every individual and organization, but is often overlooked as a skill that can be further developed and better understood. Mediators certified in Virginia likely encounter gray areas and ethical decisions at various stages of the mediation process. They must be prepared not only for the various scenarios that may arise, but they should also have a cognitive process to use when applying the Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators.

In this two-hour workshop, facilitators will introduce inquiry-based ethical reasoning as a critical thinking process that aligns with the Standards, lead mediators through an Eight Key Question (8KQ) ethical reasoning framework, and provide two or more case scenarios for mediators to apply the 8KQ individually and in small groups.

Trainer: Dr. Lori Pyle, James Madison University, The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action

(1.5 hours Mediator Ethics Credit pending)
10:30 am — 12:00 pm– Self-care isn’t Selfish, It’s Self-Preserving:

Mediators work with clients in intense, emotionally laden sessions. This presentation will focus on the different types of risks, which helping professionals face as a basis, for recognizing the importance of self-care. After reviewing burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, the interactive session will provide participants with strategies, resources, and pointers for engaging in self-care as a professional practice behavior. Participants will engage in both self-reflective and interactive activities to build their own personal toolbox for self-care. The goal is that each individual will leave the session with a renewed sense of purpose about their own self-care as well as an easily implemented, personalized self-care plan in process.

Trainer: Karen L. Myers, Assistant Professor, Eastern Mennonite University

(1.5 hours General or Family CME credit)


12:00-12:30 — Lunch

12:30 — 2:00 — Circles for Complex Dialogue:

Circles are designed to build relationships and trust between participants, to provide a safe space in which difficult subjects can be explored and conflicts resolved.  People of all ages respond very naturally to the Circle format as there are no barriers, no hierarchy and everyone’s ideas are respected. Circle Processes give each person a voice, especially those who are generally reluctant to speak.  For this reason it is ideal for the multi-party mediation context.

In this training, the trainer will discuss the basics of the circle process including the relationship building and problem solving stages, as well as the role of the keeper and the talking piece. She will apply these basics to mediation case examples including situations involving general and family cases. (Multi-generational custody disputes, estate cases involving multiple siblings and in-laws, adoption cases, landlord-tenant cases with multiple tenants, employee-employer disputes, etc.)

During the final portion of the training, participants will role-play a multi party case using a circle process.

Trainer: Sue Praill, FairField Center, Director of Restorative Justice

(1.5 hours General OR Family CME Credit)


2:00 – 3:30

A Calculating Look at Child Support:

Through their training, all family mediators are required to have an understanding of how to calculate child support. As they observe and co-mediate cases, they apply this understanding to real life situations. Over time, however, mediators may not face all child support situations frequently enough to remember the details of calculation, especially in unique situations. In addition, periodically Virginia laws change the guidelines or ways of calculation. This training will provide an update for family mediators in child support guidelines and will specifically address the newest changes in the law of which mediators need to be aware.

Trainer: Shannon Sneary, Director of Training, FairField Center

(1.5 hours Family CME credit)



Peer Review

Critical Moments: A critical moment is an experience voluntarily shared in the group session by a mediator who wants to examine it. It is a point at which something significant happened – a puzzling event, a reaction, a time when the mediator had the opportunity to intervene (e.g., call a caucus, remain silent, or otherwise employ a technique to help the parties reach their desired goal). A critical moment is where the direction, focus, or tone of the mediation changes.

Critical moments are not just interventions to help break an impasses but are also those moments that occur in a mediation where the mediator must make a choice as to how, or if, to intervene. Critical moments occur frequently throughout mediation, and the outcome of the mediation can be strongly influenced by the interventions a mediator chooses.

The critical moment a mediator chooses to share in a Mediator Peer Consultation session may be an “aha” moment where an intervention unfolded as expected byt eh mediator or an “uh oh” moment, when an intervention did not produce the expected result. Moments of learning can come from both positive and negative experiences. Participants will be asked to prepare for this workshop by reflecting on a cases(s) and answering several questions:

Trainer: Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director, FairField Center

(1.5 hours General OR Family CME credit)


3:30 — 5:00

The 5 W’s of Child Abuse and Neglect: Who, What, When, Where, Why (and How) to report:

Confidentiality is an important aspect of mediation practice; however, in the case of suspected child abuse and neglect, mediators are mandatory reporters. This training will cover the following:

  1.   Who is required to report child abuse and neglect
  2. What needs to be reported
  3. When does the report need to be made
  4. Where the report called into
  5. Why it is important to report
  6.  And How the information is handled from that point forward.

Panelists: Sara Kiser and/or Tammi Craver; Moderator, Shannon Sneary, Director of Training, Fairfield Center.

(1.5 hours General OR Family CME credit)


8 hours total

July 13:  8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Participants may choose to attend the entire day’s training or pick one or more of the presentations for a reduced fee.  For more information, please email  Thanks!

Participants may choose to attend the entire day’s training or pick one or more of the presentations for a reduced fee.

REGISTER HERE. For more info, please email