A 3-day skill-building course in mediating conflicts between separated & divorcing couples

Learning Outcomes:

  • Handling emotionally volatile situations

  • Helping parents prioritize children’s needs

  • Techniques for assisting in creating & modifying mutually agreeable parenting plans

  • Techniques for difficult family cases

  • Advanced Communication Strategies

Topics Covered:

  • Dissolution process

  • Asset & debt division

  • Effects of divorce on children

  • Power, control, and domestic violence

  • Cycle of emotion associated with grief

  • Mediation process specific to families


If you are interested in this training, please contact Britt at training@whatcomdrc.org to be added to the interest list.

Course fee: $350, $300 for those registered by August 23rd, 2019 ($100 deposit needed to register)
Balance must be paid in full to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate.
CLE Credits available for an additional $50
Prerequisite: 36-40 hours of Professional Mediation Training

Cancellation Policy: 

a.  Cancellations made more than 4 weeks in advance of the first session (prior to the early bird deadline) are eligible for a full refund, less $100 deposit.  

b.    Cancellations made within 4 weeks of the first session, will not be eligible for a refund but may be able to transfer registration to a future training, pending space availability.

Course Instructor: Deborah Forgays, PhD. Deborah has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and is currently a Professor in Psychology at Western Washington University. Her teaching and research have focused on issues important to children, adolescents and families. She obtained her  community and family mediation certifications through the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in Bellingham.

Additional instructors include: Moonwater, WDRC Executive Director, Leon F. Henley, Jr., Whatcom County Superior Court Commissioner, and WDRC family mediators.