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40 Hour Basic Divorce Mediation Training – January 2024

January 24 @ 8:30 am - February 2 @ 5:00 pm

$850.00 – $1,500.00
40 Hour Basic Divorce Mediation Training January 24-February 2, 2024

Program Description

This comprehensive training is designed to give each participant the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to mediate family matters. The training utilizes role plays (don’t be shy) & exercises in breakout rooms, lectures, demonstrations, videos, games (fun) and discussions in small and full group settings. Our multifaceted and practical training approach is designed to immerse you in every aspect of divorce or custody mediation. You will gain actual mediation experience, from conducting the initial meeting through the filing of the final dissolution papers and/or uncontested hearing. You will be provided with tools, techniques and practical advice to enable you to be a competent divorce mediator.

Participants will learn:

  • Mediation theory and technique
  • Screening for red flags, suitability for mediation, and to manage power imbalances
  • A procedural road map for mediation
  • To assist participants to uncover their interests, avoid positions, and problem-solve effectively
  • To identify psychological & emotional factors affecting the participants and any children, including domestic violence
  • Content and process for the alimony, child support and parenting plan discussions
  • How to address tax, pensions, property allocations and other financial concerns
  • Co-mediation opportunities
  • Networking opportunities
  • The use of Family Law Software

CEs and CLEs

CCND’s 40-hour training is intended for attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial planners and meets membership requirements of CCND, the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Continuing education and continuing legal education credits are pending. Check back for details soon.

Training Schedule:

8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Friday, January 26, 2024
Saturday, January 27, 2024

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Wednesday,  January 31. 2023
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Friday, February 2, 2024

Registration Fees:

Register on or before 11/17/23:

  • $1200 for CCND Members
  • $1300 for Non Members

Register between 11/18/23 and 1/17/2024:

  • $1400 for CCND Member
  • $1500 for Non Member
  • $850 for Reviewers (thsoe who have taken the training previously)

No refunds for cancellations after January 17, 2024.

Program Trainers

Louise R. Zito, JD

Louise Zito has mediated family and related matters for over 35 years and draws heavily on her Mediation experience in her Collaborative work. She takes great delight in training new mediators and learning from them and her partner, Eva DeFranco, who never fails to challenge and energize. Louise also trains Attorneys, Family Specialists and Financial Specialists in Advanced Family Mediation and Collaborative topics.

Louise is a Senior Fellow to the Quinnipiac School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution. She is an APFM Certified Advanced Practitioner and is a current Board member and Past President of CCND. She co-founded the Divorce Solutions of CT and the Ct Family Mediation Training Group. She is a member of the Connecticut Summit of Collaborative Professionals, APFM and IACP. Louise is also on the Steering Committee for The Taskforce on Reimagining Family Dispute Resolution, a joint project of CCND and The Center on Dispute Resolution. She is also a principal in Center for Family Mediation and Collaborative Divorce and partner in the Calma Collective which offers advanced trainings for family law professionals in retreat settings.

Louise happily joined Dolan Divorce Lawyers in 2021 after many inspired and joyful years as a partner in Biller, Sachs, Raio and Zito. She now serves as Of Counsel to Dolan Family Law which allows her to continue Consultations, offer Second Opinions and engage in Impasse Resolution and Termination Consultations. She is proud to work with the many talented attorneys in this firm, and grateful for the opportunities afforded her in this position. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work in law, the community and family dispute resolution, and is most grateful and honored to be the recipient of the Howard Krieger Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021.

Contact Louise at [email protected] or 203-397-6171.

Eva M. DeFranco, JD

Eva DeFranco, JD, a partner at Collins Hannafin, P.C., is a divorce mediator and collaborative divorce practitioner. She has practiced divorce law since 1986 and was trained in mediation and collaborative practice in 2005 and 2007. She is a partner at Collins Hannafin, P.C.

Eva is committed to helping her clients reduce the toll and turmoil inherent in the adversarial divorce process and guiding them to achieve their most important goals. Eva is co-founder of the CT Mediation Training Group and conducts the 40-hour basic mediation training in CT for lawyers, mental health professionals and divorce financial planners. Eva is past president and a current board member of the CT Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.

She is an APFM-certified advanced practitioner and has been recognized with the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating as well as Super Lawyers. Eva is an avid vegetable gardener, potter, hiker and golfer and lives with her husband and golden retriever in Sherman, CT.

Contact Eva at [email protected] or 203-744-2150.

Guest Trainers:

Sidney Horowitz, PhD
Beth Karassik, PhD
Elizabeth Thayer, PhD
Lisa Gresham, CDFA

PLEASE NOTE: To insure the integrity of our trainings and other events, CCND and the Trainers reserve the right to remove anyone from any training or event.


January 24 @ 8:30 am
February 2 @ 5:00 pm
$850.00 – $1,500.00
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