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4/27/2016 to 4/28/2016
When: April 27 & 28
Where: Chicago, Illinois 
United States
Contact: Laura Smythe

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This training will be led by experienced mediators Zena Zumeta and Laura C. Smythe in Chicago.
Family Mediators, this training will enhance your practice whether you have been mediating for one month or many years.  Although basic family mediation training is required prior to this training – this training is appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels and will be customized to our participants’ needs and interests. 
This training will address:
·      Changes in Illinois Family Law
·      Working with Attorneys in Divorce and Custody Mediation
·      Brain Science – Understanding How and Why the Mediator Brain Can Get Hijacked
·      Power Dynamics and Mediation
·      Tough Moments in Mediation
This is an interactive workshop!  You will get the opportunity to participate in a mediation practice including  attorneys in mediation, and address the challenges you want to discuss and the skills you want to hone and/or refresh.
Registration is open and is available at, or by contacting either Ms. Zumeta at or Ms. Smythe at or  You can also register by filling out the attached form and mailing, emailing or faxing to 734-762-0702.  Cost is $425 for one day or $750 for both days.
We look forward to working with you! 
Zena and Laura

Trainers: Zena D. Zumeta, J.D. and Laura C. Smythe, M.A., M.A., J.D.
Internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators, Zena D. Zumeta is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Magazine.
Ms. Zumeta has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has been providing mediation services since 1981.She has taught at Hamline University School of Law, and is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Cooley Law School.
Ms. Zumeta is the recipient of the Family Mediation Council-Michigan Liftetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.
Laura C. Smythe, is Owner/Founder of Communication Connections, LLC and is former Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay.  She is an attorney, mediator and professor.  She has taught conflict management and conflict resolution skills to students of all ages from Kindergarten through Ph.D. candidates for over 12 years and has been mediating and practicing law for over 17 years.  In addition to her other work, Ms. Smythe has worked with various state agencies to educate staff about creating transparent conflict management policies and how to constructively address workplace bullying.  As a professor, Ms. Smythe has taught a wide variety of courses including: Mediation; Ethics and the Law in Mediation; Mediation and Conflict Resolution; Business Law; Law, Politics and Society; Leadership and Organizational Cultures; Workplace Conflict Management; Organizational Cultures and Change; Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving; Social Diversity and many others.  Ms. Smythe also serves on the board of NAFCM (National Association for Community Mediation) and on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Wisconsin State Bar. She is an international trainer.

To Register:
·      Online:
·      Credit card: email to or fax to 734-762-0702
·      By Check: Fill out the following form and send to:
330 E. Liberty, Suite 3A
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
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Course Information

     Course Title   Advanced Family Mediation Training  
     Training Date   __ April 27 and 28     ­­___ April 27 only       __April 28 only

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