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Posted on Oct 30, 2015 in Mediation, Training

Advanced Family Mediation Training, ACU – Dallas

10365455_10100212579675967_5440417717106620430_oSmall classes. Dallas Location. Expert Trainers.

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If you are ready to incorporate family mediation into your practice and take your mediation skills to the next level, this training is for you. Join us.


April 21 – 23, 2016, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., working lunch: noon – 1 p.m. (meals provided)


$599 (promo code EARLYBIRD16) until March 28, 2016, then $699.


You must earn a 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training certificate before April 21, 2016.


Abilene Christian University – Dallas
One Hanover Park
16633 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 800
Addison, Texas  75001

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Pending approval – 28.25 (2 hours ethics) MCLEs from the State Bar of Texas. 3 CEUs (30 clock hours) from Abilene Christian University Graduate School.


The Advanced Family Mediation Training is a 30-hour training that meets the Texas ADR Act requirements for mediators interested in court-ordered family mediation. Following the standards set by the Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable, it includes family law, family dynamics, domestic violence, child development, ethical and practical considerations. Interactive in nature, the training is taught through lecture, discussion and role play. 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training is a mandatory prerequisite.

Lead Trainer

Laura Otey (M.Ed., LMFT, Mediator, Arbitrator) completed her Basic/Family mediation training with Gary Kirkpatrick in Dallas in 1990. She has additional training in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution from the Program on Negotiation (PON) at the Harvard Law School (Basic and Advanced Negotiation), CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado (Dispute Systems Design and Public Policy Dispute Resolution), New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution (Large Group, Multi-Party Mediation: A Model Successfully Used in Gang Mediation), Strauss Institute at the Pepperdine University Law School (Collaborative Negotiation and Conciliation Skills and Advanced Mediation Skills), Texas Leadership Center (Conflict Resolution: Strategies for Collaborative Problem Solving), and Travis County Dispute Resolution Center (School Peer Mediation and Parent/Child Pre-Release Mediation Training).

Laura began using conflict resolution processes and skills as a teacher of secondary students with emotional disturbance in the Austin Independent School District. Laura also served as a Special Education Counselor, Special Education Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Special Education within the Austin ISD. In 2000 Laura became the Director of Employee Relations in the Department of Human Resources in Austin ISD. Laura developed and implemented an alternative dispute resolution program that offers mediation services to district employees for addressing workplace disputes. In 2010 Laura retired from Austin ISD in order to devote time to training, consulting, facilitating and mediating. Laura has also served on the Board of the Texas Intergovernmental Shared Neutrals (TISNP) program.

Since 1990 Laura has mediated a variety of disputes including employment, family, gangs, students, community, faith-based groups, and business. She has provided mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution training throughout Texas. Laura has also co-taught courses in School Conflict and Family Mediation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, SMU, and Abilene Christian University. In 1998 Laura began teaching as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and continues to teach courses in the graduate program in Business Management. As an adjunct Laura has taught or teaches Basic Mediation, Family Mediation, Advanced Mediation, Dispute Systems Design, and Group Process Facilitation. In 2004 Laura was the recipient of the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award from St. Edward’s. Laura is a co-convener for the Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable and was given the Peacemaker of the Year Award by the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center in 1995. Laura has been a professional trainer since 1975 in areas such as communication skills, leadership, management, assertiveness, change/transition process, employee performance, team development, and group process facilitation. In 2007 Laura contracted with the Education Service Center Region 13 to develop (in collaboration with Linda McDaniel) training materials that could be used to train administrators, school staff, and parents throughout Texas in the Facilitated IEP process. Laura developed the FIEP materials based on training she developed in the 1990’s called “Taking the Difficult Out of ARD’s” (IEP meetings).

What Participants Say

“I first came to Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution for the 40-hour Basic Mediation Training earlier this year.  The combination of theory and “fish bowl” role plays was very effective.  By the end of the week, I had made plans to return for the Advanced Family Mediation training.  When I did, I was just as pleased.  I recommend the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution to anyone seeking top-notch training!”

– Roger Lenox, Attorney, Dallas, TX
40-Hour Basic Mediation Training & Advanced Family Mediation Training

“I have been to both the Basic Mediation and Advanced Family Mediation training at the Duncum Center and I cannot say enough great things about both of these courses.  You have incredibly talented and well-qualified presenters, and you always treat everyone like family and make the training fun.  You have also done a great job preparing me for a future in mediation.”

– Wendy McMillon, Attorney, McKinney, TX
40-Hour Basic Mediation Training & Advanced Family Mediation Training

Contact Us

Please call or email us at (325) 513-4898, or register online.

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