Elder (Adult Family) Mediation Training - July 21-23, 2015

Expand your practice to include the

growing field of Elder / Adult Family Mediation


Elder Decisions®
Elder (Adult Family) Mediation Training

 July 21-23, 2015

Newton, MA


Approved under Part 146 by the NYS Unified Court System’s
Office of ADR Programs for Additional Mediation Training*

Social Work CEUs are available**

About the Training:

This program teaches mediators skills and techniques for successfully facilitating adult family conversations around issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical decisions, Powers of Attorney / Health Care Proxies / Guardianship / Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, will contests, family real estate, and personal property distribution.


Join trainers Arline Kardasis and Crystal Thorpe, with guest experts from the fields of elder law and gerontology, for three days packed with content, skill-building, role plays, and opportunities to interact with fellow participants (who often travel from around the world to attend).  


Topics Include:

Elder Mediation

    Presenting Issues
    Common Hurdles
    New Strategies for Intake and Convening
    Working with Large, Dispersed Family Groups
    Managing Multiple Stakeholders and Multiple Issues
    Including the Voice of the Elder
    Ethical Concerns
    Marketing / Getting the Word Out  

Challenges of Aging

    Mental & Physical Effects of Aging
    Maintaining Independence
    Coping with Loss
    Caregiving and Aging Families
    Long Term Care Options for Elders

Legal Planning

    Planning for Financial Management
    Medical Decision Making
    Long Term Care Costs, and Options for Paying for Care
    Asset Protection
    Guardianship and Alternatives

Skill Building

    Exercises to Develop Skills for Specific Phases of the Process
    Trainers’ Demonstration of Start of Family Meeting
    Multi-Party Role Plays Featuring “True-to-Life” Scenarios 


Training Testimonials: 

"This exceeded my expectations! The Elder Decisions® Mediation Training makes a compelling case for why we need to step up to this national challenge and makes it possible for mediators to step into these critical but delicate family conversations. I got a great return on my investment: information-dense, practical, inspiring -- allowing me to extend my company's services to meet this growing demand."

Marina A. Piscolish, Ph.D.
MAPping Change, LLC
Kailua, Hawaii


“…a fabulous, very enriching training experience that I will always remember.”

Catherine (Kate) Hannibal, Esq.
Mediation Works, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY


“Elder Decisions®’ Advanced Elder Mediation Training...was excellent; actually the best I have ever experienced.  It was well organized (and) the subject matter was completely covered.  (This was) the most sequentially programmed and clearly presented (training) I have yet attended.”

Jane Thayer, Ph.D.
Mediator, Co-author of Elderescence: The Gift of Longevity
Martha’s Vineyard, MA


“Usually when one goes to a conference or training it is considered successful if one takes away one memorable piece of information from the whole event.  In my case my expectations were higher given that I had a return trip of some 40 hours travelling time.  I found all the presenters so knowledgeable and so passionate about their topics that I would have considered the training a huge success had I only been able to listen to any single one of them! ...I will certainly be looking to attend another of their events.”

David Bogan, International Mediation Services
Author of Avoid Retirement & Stay Alive Harper Collins & McGraw Hill 2007
and What's Keeping You Awake at Night Harper Collins 2010
Auckland, New Zealand


Location & Lodging:

Held at The Walker Center, a lovely Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center in Newton, MA, near Boston.  Lodging available on-site ($60 to $95 per night; room rates subject to change).  Other hotels including a Marriott are nearby.

Cost & Registration:

$795 by June 11
, and $895 thereafter.  (Register early, as our three-day programs often sell-out.)  Delicious lunches, snacks, and course materials are included.   

To register, visit:   www.ElderDecisions.com/pg19.cfm


Continuing Education: 

* This training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR Programs for 16 hours of Additional Mediation Training.  (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)


** Social Work Continuing Education Credits:  This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credits for relicensure in the period of October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2016, in accordance with 258 CMR, as follows: 21.25 hours for all 3 days. Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-16-067.  

*** For information about other continuing education credits, please see www.ElderDecisions.com/pg19.cfm


Questions?  Please visit www.ElderDecisions.com/pg19.cfm, or call 617-621-7009 x29.  We’d be happy to talk with you.

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