mn divorce mediation training

Join us for an intense a week-long training to become a divorce mediator featuring lecture, interactive exercises, role-playing and other experiential exercises along with question and answer periods each day.  Role-plays are both “fish bowl” in which trainers demonstrate mediation, and “small group” in which participants apply what they are learning in role-play cases based on actual cases mediated by EMI.

Our Expert Trainers


Marilyn McKnight, MA

Marilyn is a mediator, trainer, and author who has practiced exclusively in the field of mediation since 1977 after an extensive career in public social work. She received the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1987 and is a leader in promoting the Client-Centered model of mediation. Marilyn is a former member of the ADR Section of the Minnesota Bar Association and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, at William Mitchell College of Law, and in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Augsburg College. I


Steven Erickson, JD

Steven is a licensed attorney who works exclusively as a mediator. Since 1977, he has mediated over 5,000 disputes in his private practice and trained thousands of new mediators in the US, Canada, England and the Netherlands. He received the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1979 and is a founder and second president of the Academy of Family Mediators. He is well known as a mediation trainer and speaker, and has published numerous articles and books on the subject.


Who Should Attend?

•Mental health professionals, judges, attorneys, human resource professionals, clergy, family court administrators, financial advisors, and/or paralegals

•Anyone involved in or interested in helping people resolve conflict

•Anyone interested in improving their skills working with families


What You'll Learn

•The most up-to-date thinking and strategies to use in the mediation room

•Case examples that are pertinent to today’s issues in divorce

•Practical techniques, skills and interventions necessary to assist clients in reaching successful resolution of their disputes

•Overview of the divorce process

•Emotional divorce process

•Areas of major decision making in divorce

•Conflict resolution theory

•Importance of remaining neutral

•Major mediator interventions

•Strategies to avoid impasse

•Constructive/Creative problem-solving


Materials & Costs

Materials: As part of the training, you will receive a comprehensive training manual that includes most of the lecture notes, detailed material about skills, concepts, new interventions, strategies to avoid impasse, and forms necessary to begin a mediation practice.

Cost: $1,600 by Registration Deadline. $1,700 for registration after the deadline.

Continuing Education Credits: The training is approved by the MN Rule 114 Roster of Neutrals, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and qualifies for MN Continuing Legal Education credits. Other credits may be applied for upon request.

Location: Unless otherwise indicated, the training will be held at our Bloomington, Minnesota location in the conference center.