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Advanced Family Mediation

Faculty:  Zena Zumeta and Cheryl Cutrona

This fast-paced, interactive, advanced workshop is designed for family mediators, family law attorneys, court-based custody masters and hearing officers, staff attorneys in courts, custody evaluators, psychologists, and others who wish to expand their family mediation skills and techniques. Zena Zumeta and Cheryl Cutrona, two highly experienced mediator-trainers will take you from new approaches to beginning the mediation to drafting agreements, and in between techniques for working with the most challenging cases.

What you will learn:

  • Review the stages of facilitative mediation
  • Pre-mediation meetings to enhance mediator effectiveness
  • Early-stage vs. late-stage mediation
  • Domestic violence and mediation: non-physical abuse, women as abusers, and physical violence
  • Working effectively with lawyers in family mediation – on the sidelines and at the table
  • Creative caucusing
  • Drafting MOU's in family mediation
  • Secrets of effective court-related mediation
  • Ethical dilemmas: what would YOU do? (contest and prizes!)


Zena Zumeta, is internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators. She is president of the Mediation Training and 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. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators (now merged into the Association for Conflict Resolution), past president of the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation, and past regional vice president of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. Zumeta is the recipient of the Family Mediation Council-Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award from ACR; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.

Cheryl Cutrona is a nationally renowned mediator and trainer. She has been the executive director of the Good Shepherd Mediation Program (GSMP) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1991. Cutrona teaches Mediation Advocacy and Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Domestic Relations Mediation Clinic at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She holds advanced practitioner status and has been certified as a family trainer by the Association for Conflict Resolution Academy of Family Mediators. She sits on the Philadelphia Bar Association Fee Disputes Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association ADR Committee (currently vice chair), the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section ADR Committee (currently cochair), and the Editorial Board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. She is the 2008 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee's Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award and was named Most Valuable Peacemaker by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in 2010. She holds a BA from Michigan State University, a master's degree in library science from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan, and her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law.