July 09, 2014

Mediation training sessions available

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An upcoming basic and family mediation program for social service and legal professionals is set for Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

The program, which has four options, is Aug. 4-8 in the SIU School of Law Hiram H. Lesar Law Building.  The program will give social service and legal professionals an opportunity to participate in intensive training to enhance their understanding of the mediation process and skills needed in providing proficient mediation services. 

The 40-hour basic and family mediation training is a five-day program that includes lectures, discussion, materials, skill-building role-play and feedback under the direction of experienced mediators.  The variety of mediation topics and issues will include domestic violence, custody, child support, the dynamics of family systems and child development.  Participants will receive instruction that will enable them to provide competent mediation services, particularly in family disputes. 

C.J. Larkin, an experienced mediator with more than 20 years of practice and 13 years of law school and private mediation training experience, will be the principal trainer.  An attorney, mediator, educator and trainer, Larkin earned a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She is a senior lecturer at the Washington University School of Law, administrative director of the school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program and co-coach of the school’s Negotiation and Representation in Mediation competition teams. 

Training participants may also choose to participate in a 20-hour basic training program set for the first two-and-one-half days of the conference, or a 20-hour family training program that runs the afternoon of Aug. 6 through Aug. 8.  Prior completion of basic or civil mediation training is required in order to attend the family training program.  A two-hour domestic violence session the afternoon of Aug. 6 is also available.  Costs vary for the training sessions.  

The SIU School of Law and Dispute Resolution Institute Inc. are co-sponsors of the program, coordinated by Continuing Education and Outreach. Continuing legal education and continuing professional development units are available.  

The registration deadline is July 28 and full payment is required by that date.  For more information, or to register, visit https://www.dce.siu.edu or call 618/536-7751.