Essentials of Mediation and Divorce Mediation

Last time offered - last chance to take this training!

Learn  tomediate  with  skill  and  heart.  Two  dynamic  master mediators share their  knowledge, experience and philosophies about guiding parties to better understanding and durable resolutions. Practical skill-building grounded in theory and research. Lectures, demonstrations,  exercises and role plays. Extensive manual with forms included.


PART 1:  3 days on ESSENTIALS OF MEDIATION (includes both family and business contexts)

  • Psychology of conflict
  • Negotiation theory and practice
  • Role of the ethical mediator
  • Communication skills every mediator needs
  • Structuring to create capacity in parties
  • Managing conflict and negative communication
  • Neutrality and power issues
  • Practice of each phase of a mediation
  • Pre-mediation case development

PART 2:  2 days on DIVORCE MEDIATION (Permission of instructors is required if registering ONLY for Part 2)

  • Role of family law in mediation
  • Identifying and dividing property
  • Developing parenting & custody plans
  • Negotiating child & spousal support
  • Domestic violence issues
  • Developing a mediation practice

DATES:  October 23-27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day


5-day course: $1,425 ($1,225 if paid by 9/11/2017; $1,325 if paid by 9/25/2017)

3-day course: $875

2-day course: $625

LOCATION:  175 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903



NANCY  J.  FOSTER, J.D is the Executive Director of NCMC and has mediated over 2000 divorces since 1988.  She is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Family Section, Immediate Past-President of Collaborative Practice Marin (CPM) and serves on the Training Committee of Integrative Mediation Bay Area (IMBA).  Nancy is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and specialized in commercial litigation, securities and real estate law for over ten years prior to becoming a mediator.  As a trainer, she has presented at numerous law schools and professional conferences.  She has also served as President of the Northern California Mediation Association (now ADRNC), Vice-President of Marin County Women Lawyers (MCWL) and Program Chair of the Marin County Bar-Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section.  Nancy also belongs to the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Family Interdisciplinary Committee for the Marin Family Court.

JESSICA NOTINI, J.D. is Principal of Notini Mediation & Facilitation Services.  She mediates a wide variety of cases, with an emphasis in Probate & Estate, Conservatorship and Employment matters.  She is an international trainer of mediation and negotiation, and an Adjunct Professor for Stanford, Boalt and Hastings law schools and the Mills women’s business  school in California.   She is past Chair of the California  State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and past President of the Northern California Mediation Association.      She is   Senior Consultant with Accordence,   Integrated Management Associates and  Lax  &  Sebenius Negotiation groups.   She  received the  2012  Don Weckstein Memorial Award  from  the  California Dispute   Resolution Council  for  her leadership in the field of alternative dispute resolution. Her J.D. is from the University of Michigan, with honors of magna cum laude and the Order of the Coif.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: please call 415-461-6392 or visit

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CE Credits:   

5-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 37.5 hours

3-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 22.5 hours

2-day course: MCLE, CPA-OPD (also applies to BBS): 15 hours