Immigration Issues In Depth 2005

Course Date: December 2, 2005

DAY 1 – Wednesday, December 4

  • Setting the context for more complex mediations
  • Preparation, process design, and information gathering for multi-party processes
  • Shifting climate and intention from adversarial to co-operative problemsolving: working with competitive power dynamics in the realm of experts, data, and objective criteria
  • Creativity in family mediation: using imagination, story, ritual, and “beginner’s mind” to break impasse and open possibilities
  • Mediating the financial issues: support and property division
  • Skills component: working collaboratively with finances—pension plans, investments, budgets, debts, and guidelines

DAY 2 – Thursday, December 5

  • Mediation’s interface with family law legislation
  • Working with the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines
  • Issues of fairness in mediating property division and support
  • High-conflict families: challenges for mediation, effects upon children, unearthing negative advocacy, and splitting
  • Mental health and substance abuse issues: analyzing and structuring process to work with these complexities
  • Skills component: ensuring inclusiveness and practical strategies for working with high conflict personalities

DAY 3 – Friday, December 6

  • Culture and values-based clashes: how to negotiate the “non-negotiables”
  • Issues respecting separation of same sex couples
  • Transforming grievance stories to plans for peaceful co-existence
  • Formalizing consensus: detailing the financial settlement, working with counsel, monitoring, review, and implementation
  • Skills component: immediacy, reality checking while maintaining relationship, building buy-in, and readiness for closure
  • Practice panel: starting your own mediation practice—pitfalls and practical tips for success