COVID-19 response Summer 2021 Update

Most fall 2021 classes will be online. 

Upcoming classes are listed below. Please email or call 612-237-6505 with questions.

Training Events and Registration

Mediation Center training can be tailored for organizations or groups. Please call Aimee Gourlay 612-237-6505 for more information.


Upcoming Events

MN Supreme Court Certified Rule 114 30-Hour General Civil Mediation Skills Training with Aimee Gourlay and Susan Mainzer, CE and CLE

  • Rule 114 CE and CLE credits  
  • Wed. Sept. 15 - 18, 2021, from 8:30AM to 5:30 PM each day

The 30-Hour General Civil Mediation Skills training course is certified by the MN State Supreme Court. Participants will be eligible for the MN General Rules of Practice for the District Court’s Qualified Civil Facilitative (Mediation) Roster of Neutrals. CE and CLE credits are available.

Mediation is a flexible and creative process that helps people find mutually acceptable resolutions to their issues and concerns. The mediator is an impartial party who uses the process of mediation to help participants communicate effectively, explore underlying interests and craft constructive outcomes.

The course is designed for people from all professional backgrounds: managers hone their conflict management skills; lawyers find new ways to help clients solve problems; judges are challenged to expand their approach to resolving lawsuits; human resource professionals gain an invaluable tool. Counselors and therapists, public employees, educators, health care professionals and bartenders have all incorporated mediation skills learned in this training into their jobs.

Our trainers, Aimee Gourlay, JD and Susan Mainzer, JD are joined by other experienced mediation who create an engaging atmosphere that encourages experimentation and participation. Trainees find this course invaluable in their professional lives, in formal mediation settings and for daily conflict management.


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40-Hour Family Mediation Skills 9/30-10/2 & 10/14-10/16. All 6 days are from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Rule 114 Qualified. CLE and LMFT Credits

Days 1 – 3 from 9/30 to 10/2 are ONLINE.

Days 4 – 6 from 10/14 – 10/16 are in person if possible.

Family mediation gives people who are divorcing or separated and co-parenting a creative alternative to the family courts for making decisions about their relationship, and how they impact their children’s lives. It is a cooperative and constructive way to resolve differences and plan for the future. Minnesota District Court requires that alternatives to court be considered early in the dissolution process. Certified Family Mediation Skills provides the opportunity to become a qualified family facilitative neutral under The General Rules of Practice for the District Courts Rule 114.

Highly-regarded expert instructor, Dr. Karen Irvin, brings many years of experience as a mediator, counselor, parenting time expediter, parenting consultant and custody evaluator. The course covers conflict resolution and emotional issues surrounding family issues, as well as learning specific techniques for mediating parenting and property disputes. Special attention is paid to identifying families experiencing domestic violence. A variety of teaching methods are used, including demonstrations, role play, and discussion. Karen’s approach to the material, practice expertise and interaction with participants encourages reflective practice. Students learn from each other’s experiences and often form enduring professional ties.

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Custody Evaluation Training
CLE, Rule 114 CE Ongoing Education and MN Board MFT
Wednesday, October 27, 2021; 5:00 - 8:00PM (Kickoff , Overview and Implicit Bias with Joe Reid, LMFT, Ph.D)
Thursday - Saturday, October 28 - 30, 2021 AND Thursday - Saturday, November 4 - 6, 2021; from 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day

Some parents are unable to resolve custody and parenting time disputes, even with the wide availability of ADR processes.  A Custody/Parenting Time Evaluation, when done thoroughly and ethically, can help families, attorneys, and courts resolve these issues.  This 43-hour training addresses the “how-to’s” as well as the complexities of the evaluation process. Trainers: Karen Irvin, Ph.D, LMFT and Jennifer Joseph, JD

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