Basic and Family Mediation Training

Souther Illinois University

Continuing Education and Outreach

Southern Illinois University

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Basic and Family Mediation Training

August 4-8, 2014

Training Co-sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. and SIU School of Law.

This 40-hour*, intensive training will provide the understanding of the mediation process and the skills necessary to allow the participants to competently provide mediation services, especially in family disputes. The participants will be provided with lecture, discussion, materials, skills-building role play and feedback. The role plays will be conducted in small groups coached by experienced mediators. The following specific family mediation topics and issues will be addressed: domestic violence, custody, child support, the dynamics of family systems, child development. 

*Participants may elect to take only the 20-hour Basic Training, or the 20-hour Family Training.  See price information below.

The principal trainer is C.J. Larkin, an experienced mediator with more than 20 years of practice and 13 years of law school and private mediation training experience.  She is an attorney, mediator, educator and trainer. C.J. has a J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Law and a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  

C.J. is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the Washington University School of Law and the Administrative Director of the School of Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution programs. She teaches Introduction to U.S. and Comparative Dispute Resolution Processes, Mediation Theory and Practice and Advanced Mediation and Advocacy.  She co-coaches the Law School’s Negotiation and Representation in Mediation competition teams.

She has provided 1000+ hours of mediation training to attorneys, social workers, educators, managers and community volunteers and frequently presents workshops at the ABA-ADR , ACR and MBB annual conferences.  C.J. has been an active volunteer and trainer in the community mediation field for more than 15 years, including founding a neighborhood mediation program in Fox Park neighborhood, St. Louis City.

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Coaches will be selected from the local mediators bar.

Although the 40 hour mediation training is often required in many court circuits for mediators, this training may not certify you to mediate in your circuit. Please check the rules in your circuit for its requirements.

Registration includes: training material, 5 lunches, morning and afternoon snacks, and CLEs.


  • 20-Hour Basic Training (Mon, Tues, and Wed. morning)
  • 20-Hour Family Training (Wed. afternoon, Thur, and Fri)*
  • 40-Hour Basic and Family Training (Mon-Fri)
  • 2-Hour Domestic Violence Session (Wed., Aug. 6, 1:00 – 3:15 p.m.)**

*Note: You must have completed basic or civil mediation training prior to attending the 20-Hour Family Training.

**A two-hour session on domestic violence issues is included with the Family Mediation Training. Individuals who are not registered for the full or family mediation training, may register for the Domestic Violence Session only

Optional workshop

Domestic Violence Training - Wednesday, August 6: 1:00-3:15 p.m.  An optional lunch will be 30-45 mintues before the training begins.  If you would like lunch, please select that option when you register.

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40 Hours of CLE will be available / CPDUs will be available / CEUs are being applied for.

Additional information on rules can be found at or on the Dispute Resolution Institute website If you have additional questions or would like to apply to for pro bono mediator rate, please contact Missy Greathouse at 618-549-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration Fees:

  • $1,200:  Full 40-Hour Basic & Family Training (Mon-Fri)

  • $300:  SIU Law students - full 40-hour training
  • $1,100:  SIU Law alumni, public interest attorneys, educators, social workers and DRI members

  • $850:  (includes a one-year membership to DRI) - participant must agree to provide one pro bono family mediation per quarter for two years (at total of eight pro bono mediations)

  • $750:  20-Hour Basic Training (Mon-Wed. morning)

  • $750:  20-Hour Family Training (Wed. afternoon-Fri)
  • $150:  SIU Law students - 20-hour training (Basic or Family)
  • $60:  2-Hour Domestic Violence Training (only this session)

All registrations must be received with full payment by July 28, 2014.

Cancellation Policy:

A refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be provided if requested prior to July 28, 2014.  If the minimum number of participants is not reached by July 28, the training sponsors reserve the right to cancel the training and will issue full refunds to registered participants.


Holiday Inn, 2300 Reed Station Parkway, Carbondale, IL 62901 -  618-549-2600

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Registration Options:

  • To register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard call Continuing Education and Outreach @ 618-536-7751.
  • Fax registration with credit card payment information to 618-453-5680.