Mediation promotes peaceful, effective and thorough conflict resolution and agreements for reconciliation or transition of relationships.
*This is a 3-day course that requires you to have already obtained Basic Mediation Certification. If you are interested in obtaining Basic Mediation Certification please contact Danielle Cathey at IA, 713-222-2525.
Class Taught by: Sharon Bayus, MA, LPC-S, TMCA Distinguished Mediator
IA teaches a process is used for any disagreements within the family including attempts at reconciliation, intervention in substance abuse or volatility, divorce and custody issues, conflicts between ex-spouses, and blended family conflicts. IA uses a conference style in mediation (we keep parties together as much as possible—typically throughout the whole process—and a ‘transformative mediation model’ —which facilitates a change from oppositional resistance to collaborative problem solving between the parties as they work together, rather than against one another to resolve their problems.
Parents never divorce as parents of their children and need to set the stage to continue working together constructively for the good of their children. IA adds focus on preservation of the relationship at whatever level the parties may desire while dissolving marriages as amicably as possible. Parenting Norms are always created in our model for divorcing couples and often when parenting is a point of contention in intact marriages.
IA’s Family Mediation model exceeds the recommendation of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable of 30 hrs. For mediators who already have the ADR required, 24-hour Family Mediation course, the first two days of IA’s unique Family Reconciliation Model are available as a ’stand alone’ advanced course.
For persons not trained in Family Mediation, this is the most comprehensive 5-day course one can obtain, covering both the aspects of reconciling family disputes in the first 2 days of training and the unique divorce and custody model of IA in the last 3 days—including development of ‘Parenting Norms’ for the well-being of children. These agreements are not always included in a divorce decree, but lay the groundwork about how ex-spouses will talk to and about one another in front of the children, make agreements on discipline planning from separate homes, how to ensure coordination of children’s daily needs, activities, negotiation of future spiritual decisions, extracurricular activities, car purchases, weddings, etc.