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Hyatt Place Birmingham/Inverness

Divorce & Family Mediation - Birmingham - August 14-18, 2020

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Divorce & Family Mediation - Birmingham - August 14-18, 2020
Divorce & Family Mediation - Birmingham - August 14-18, 2020

Time & Location

Aug 14, 2020, 8:30 AM – Aug 18, 2020, 5:30 PM

Hyatt Place Birmingham/Inverness, 4686 Highway 280 E, Birmingham, AL 35242, USA

About the Event

NOTE: Seating in this course is strictly limited. Register early to confirm seat(s) in the course. When the course sells out, we will begin a wait-list in the event of cancellations. For additional dates/locations, visit  If you prefer to register by phone, call 800-237-3476 or 214-901-5888. 



This 40-Hour Divorce and Family Mediation Training Seminar is a comprehensive CLE-approved domestic relations mediation training seminar designed to thoroughly prepare you to become a professional mediator with a focus on family, divorce and domestic relations conflicts. It is the ONLY course in Alabama that meets the training requirements for General/Civil and Domestic Relations mediators for inclusion on the Alabama state court mediator roster maintained by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. (Participants who complete the course will also satisfy the 20-hour mediation training requirement necessary to be listed on the roster in other case categories).



There is no pre-requisite to attend this seminar. EVERYONE interested in mediation is welcome to attend including new and experienced mediators, lawyers, judges, counselors, therapists, HR professionals, educators, undergraduate and graduate students, law students, clergy, health care professionals, business executives, ombuds, realtors, and anyone interested in helping families and individuals in mediation.



The class will meet from 8:30 am -- 5:30 pm each day. There will be a 1-hour lunch break each day from approximately 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Lunch is on your own. Check in begins at 8:15 am on Day 1.




4686 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242


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The Divorce and Family Mediation Training Seminar is a comprehensive, engaging, and interactive learning experience designed for anyone interested in becoming a successful professional family and divorce mediator. The course is designed to meet Alabama state mediator requirements. Here is a sample of just some of the topics we will cover:

  • The Stages and Goals of the Mediation Process
  • The Role of the Mediator
  • Do's and Don'ts in Mediation
  • Mediation Styles
  • Critical Conflict Resolution Skills and Techniques
  • Strategies for Overcoming Impasse
  • Mediation Preparation
  • Dealing with Difficult Parties and Situations in Mediation
  • Mediation Security Issues
  • Emotional Elements of Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Impact of Family Conflict and Divorce on Children and Adults
  • Working with Attorneys and Other Professionals in Divorce Mediation
  • Legal Issues in Divorce Mediation
  • Dealing With Domestic Violence in Family Conflicts
  • Beyond Divorce: Potential Growth Areas for Family Mediators
  • Ethics and Professional Standards for Mediators
  • Resources for Divorce and Family Mediators
  • Tips for Starting a Family/Divorce Mediation Practice


This training program covers everything you need to know to get started in mediation. If you would like a detailed agenda of topics covered, email



For over 25 years, Mediation CLE, Inc. has been training mediators in Alabama. We take pride in offering a "total package" training experience. We don't just want to train you to mediate. We want to see you succeed in mediation! In addition to an outstanding in-depth training experience, your registration in this seminar includes the following:

  • A Comprehensive Training Workbook/Reference Guide
  • Supplemental Training Materials
  • Forms, Checklists and Materials for Use in Your Mediation Practice
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Next Steps for New Mediators, a guide to help you move forward with your mediation goals
  • Post-Seminar Consultation with your trainer, at no additional cost


After the seminar:

Free post-seminar consultations with trainer: The lead trainer at your seminar will be available to you at no charge for post-seminar consultations by telephone or email anytime to answer questions or provide assistance as needed.


Discount registration for advanced training seminars: This is a comprehensive all-inclusive training program. However, if you feel that you want to take your training experience to the next level, we also offer advanced training. Graduates of this program receive a discount on advanced training programs sponsored by Mediation CLE, Inc.



This course is approved for 40 hours of CLE credit (including 3 ethics) hours in Alabama. We will report your attendance immediately after the seminar has concluded.


Do you need CLE credit in another state? Our courses have been CLE-approved since 1995 (25 years!) in every state in which the courses have been offered. Course participants have also received CLE credit in their home states after attending one of our training programs out-of-state. (Our course has never been denied CLE approval in any jurisdiction). If you have questions about CLE status in your state, contact us at


Are you seeking continuing education credit for another profession? Let us know how we can help you get credit in your profession for attending one of our mediation training courses. We will work with you to apply to the appropriate organization to have our course approved by your professional credentialing agency for your benefit. Contact us at



Our seminars have a long history of success! We've been training mediators in Alabama for over 25 years! We are so confident that you will gain the skills you need to become an exceptionally effective mediator at our seminar that we make this promise: If, after completing a training program, you are not satisfied with the seminar content or presentation by the instructor, simply return your training materials to the seminar leader on the final day of training and your enrollment fee will be refunded! No problem, period! We know of no other mediation training organization that offers this type of money-back guarantee on mediation training.



Our training philosophy -- Minimal lecture; informative, engaging interaction! Those five words describe the practical, hands-on approach of our training program. In addition to learning mediation principles, you will have an opportunity to practice your new mediation skills at the seminar in a comfortable, non-threatening learning environment. Mediation simulations, small and large group discussions, media presentations, and meaningful group exercises will enhance your learning experience. And, you'll receive feedback and performance improvement suggestions in a fun and challenging setting.


Many participants who attend our programs tell us: "This is unlike any other CLE I've ever attended!" We take that as a compliment! (They also tell us, "This is the best CLE I've ever attended!") Our innovative and creative approach to CLE will have you engaged in the course from the moment the program begins until the very end!


Nearly every mediation training seminar we present sells out. Seating is limited. The small group experience will enable each attendee to receive individual attention. Register early so that you can get a seat in the course that is most convenient for you.



Troy Smith began mediating in 1992 and has been a mediation trainer for over 25 years. Over 5000 mediators, attorneys, and judges have completed his training programs nationwide. Troy began offering one of Alabama's first mediation training courses in 1995. And he has trained over 3000 mediators, attorneys and judges in Alabama alone. In fact, over 82% of the Registered Mediators in Alabama have completed training with Troy. Come find out why our training programs have been the most popular mediation training seminars in Alabama for over 25 years!

Sarah (Sally) Clark Bowers, JD, LCSW is a mediator, attorney, collaborative law practitioner, and licensed clinical social worker. Nearly a decade ago, Sally co-developed (with Troy) Alabama's FIRST domestic relations mediation seminar designed specifically for mediators in Alabama. Sally has practiced law in Alabama for over 35 years and has extensive experience in all areas of family law including divorce, dependency, post-divorce, and child advocacy. Sally is currently with Proctor & Vaughn (Of Counsel) in Sylacauga, AL.

Additional faculty may participate in this program.


Full Refund. Your seminar fee is fully refundable if you cancel your registration 21 or more days prior to the first day of the seminar, less a $50 administrative fee. All cancellations must be received in writing or via email.


Reschedule Anytime. If you must reschedule your attendance at a seminar -- even at the last minute -- you may transfer your registration without additional cost to another equally priced seminar within 24 months of the date of your original program. All reschedule requests must be in writing and received prior to the start of the seminar. (No-shows will not be eligible to reschedule).


Substitutions. If you are unable to attend a seminar for which you have registered, you may send a substitute in your place. If you need to send a substitute, we ask that you notify us at least 1 day in advance of your seminar, if possible.


Event Cancellation. In the highly unlikely event that Mediation CLE, Inc. must cancel or reschedule a program for which you are registered for any reason, we will refund your registration fees or transfer your registration to another program, whichever you choose. 



For online registrations, payment by credit or debit card is due at the time of registration. If you prefer to register with a credit or debit card by phone, call 214-901-5888. If you would like to pay by check, please call 214-901-5888 to register by phone. We will hold your seat for 7 days awaiting payment. Unpaid registrations after 7 days will be cancelled.


Payment plans may be available for this seminar. Call 214-901-5888 for more information. Registration fee must be paid in full prior to the seminar. 



If you have questions not answered here, email and we will be happy to assist you. Or, call us at (214) 901-5888.


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