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Our UNLIMITED SEMINAR PASS lets you attend every seminar we teach for one low price. If you are ready to launch or grow your mediation business, this is our most affordable and flexible option.  Click here for details.

Alabama General Civil Mediation Training

GENERAL/CIVIL MEDIATION
(20-Hour) TRAINING SEMINAR

The 20-Hour General/Civil Mediation Training Seminar meets the training requirements to become a Registered Mediator in Alabama. It is approved for 20-hours of CLE credit in Alabama, including 3 ethics hours. You will learn how to mediate a wide variety of disputes including personal injury, business disputes, workplace conflicts and other non-domestic relations matters. Attorneys who attend will also learn strategies to better represent clients in mediation and maximize mediation results. Over 2500 Alabama attorneys, mediators, judges and other professionals have attended this program. For locations and dates, click here.

Alabama Divorce and Family Domestic Rela

DIVORCE and FAMILY MEDIATION

(40-Hour) TRAINING SEMINAR

The 40-Hour  Divorce and Family Mediation Training Seminar is the ONLY  program in Alabama that meets the qualifications to become both a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator AND a Registered General/Civil Mediator in Alabama. This seminar is for attorneys, judges, mediators, counselors, therapists, financial experts, clergy and ANYONE who wants to be a mediator or learn about mediation and conflict resolution. No prerequisite to attend. Presented by Troy Smith and Sally Bowers. For locations and dates, click here.

TEACHING MEDIATION:
The TRAIN-the-MEDIATION-TRAINER Seminar

This course will also be offered online beginning June 2020.

TEACHING MEDIATION: The Train-the-Mediation-Trainer is a comprehensive, innovative, one-of-a-kind experience for new and experienced mediation trainers and instructors. This 20-hour program will teach you how to develop, promote and present mediation training seminars. The workshop is also ideal for mediators who want to learn how to use speaking engagements as a marketing tool to build or expand their mediation practice via referrals. Click here for locations and dates.

Advanced Mediation Training

ADVANCED and NEXT LEVEL TRAINING

2020 Advanced Mediation Seminar
This course will be offered online beginning in July/August 2020.
The 2020 Advanced Mediation Seminar is an ALL-NEW for 2020 advanced training seminar for BOTH General/Civil mediators and Domestic Relations mediators. Developed to celebrate our 25th Anniversary training mediators in Alabama, this 12 hour CLE-approved seminar will help you bring your mediation practice to the next level . (Includes 1 hour of Ethics credit). Due to COVID-19, this course will be offered ONLINE only.

Topics in this course may include:

  • Advanced Impasse Breaking Techniques

  • Using Technology in Mediation

  • Psychology of Settlement – Understanding Human Behavior in Negotiation

  • Best Practices for a Successful Mediation Practice

  • Pre-Mediation Success Strategies

  • Avoiding Mediator Mistakes, Ethical Complaints and Malpractice Lawsuits

  • Much, much more!


Developing a Profitable Mediation Practice Seminar
This course will also be offered online beginning in July 2020.

Developing a Profitable Mediation Practice is a nuts-and-bolts seminar designed to teach you everything you need to know to start, grow and sustain a profitable mediation practice. Mediation is a growing field but breaking in - and staying in! - can be difficult without the right tools and strategies. This hands-on, highly interactive seminar will enable you to develop your customized plan for success! Whether you are just starting your mediation practice or looking for ideas to boost your existing practice, this seminar is for you. Click here for upcoming dates and locations.

Domestic Violence in Mediation Seminar
The Domestic Violence in Mediation Training Seminar is a comprehensive 2-day program (14 Hours CLE, including 1 ethics hour) that meets the training requirements for mediators who want to receive the "Domestic Violence Trained" designation with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution as required by the Alabama Mandatory Mediation Act, (ALA CODE § 6-6-20). For locations and dates, click here.  

Advanced Divorce and Family Mediation Seminar

The Advanced Divorce and Family Mediation Training Seminar is a 12 hour CLE-approved domestic relations mediation training seminar that will help you bring your family mediation practice to the next level. This seminar is only offered once per year and features updated presentations and NEW guest speakers every year. Due to COVID-19, this course has been postponed until 2021 (Dates TBD).

Topics in this course include:

  • New Brain Research -- What Mediators Need to Know About How the Brain Works in Mediation

  • Avoiding Mistakes (and Lawsuits) as a Divorce & Family Mediator

  • Building, Maintaining and Sustaining a Divorce & Family Mediation Practice

  • Evidence-Based Practice Tips

  • Cultural Competency for Mediators -- Working with Families of Various Backgrounds and Circumstances

  • Overcoming Impasse in Divorce & Family Mediation

  • Resolving Parenting Issues in Mediation

  • Featuring Troy Smith, Sally Bowers and Exceptional Guest Speakers

Mediation Advocacy

This 3-hour seminar is for attorneys who want to learn strategies to maximize their outcomes in mediation and learn the rules and procedures of court-ordered mediation in Alabama. This program covers pre-mediation and post-mediation best practices as well as "at the table" strategies for having a successful mediation. This program is presented on-site for local bar associations, large law firms and other large groups. (No open-enrollment sessions are scheduled at this time). 

Master Mediator's Forum
The Master Mediator's Forum is a 1-day event held in larger cities throughout the United States for highly experienced mediators, judges and attorneys to discuss mediation with seasoned colleagues in a open forum where ideas and strategies can be shared and explored. Facilitated by Troy Smith, the Master Mediator's Forum is the go-to event for mediators who are looking for beyond-the-basics training. The most recent forum was held in December 2019. By invitation only.

ON-SITE TRAINING
At Your Location Customized for Your Group

With our On-Site Training option, you can bring any of our programs to your firm, organization or group for a fraction of the cost that you might expect. We can customize the length and content of our programs to meet your needs (and the training requirements of your jurisdiction). On-Site Training is convenient and cost-effective. If you have a group of between 5 and 50 people to train, On-Site Training may be your best option. Click here for more information.

KELLY CUMMING SMITH
CPA and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
New Life Divorce Solutions

Huntsville, AL

I really enjoy the casual interactive environment. The way he communicates creates a very relaxed atmosphere. Because he doesn't lecture, there is always discussion and when questions get asked, he asks if others have an answer creating further discussion. However, he knows the regulations and the rules and code of ethics and shows you where to find answers. It is fun and I have built relationships with people I have met in seminars that have benefited me personally and professionally.

SHANTHIA WASHINGTON
Retired Alabama Department of Education Assistant State Superintendent
Montgomery, AL

I have participated in several seminars provided by Troy Smith and each course has been very engaging and informative. Troy facilitates each session in a very positive, professional, and organized manner. The knowledge I have obtained as a result of attending the training has given me a great deal of confidence and understanding of the presented material. The written materials provided to participants serve as a superior comprehensive resource well after the training is over.

MARJORIE A. STELLINGWERF, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Volunteer Mediation Program
Madison County Courthouse
Huntsville, AL

Mediation is a field that has adapted itself to many changes. Troy Smith's top priority as a trainer has been to understand and present these changes almost as soon as they happen. His classes are informative and fun, and they continue to teach and please students year after year. He is an excellent teacher.

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