with Susan Chambers, Jim Goetz, Jeff Johnson and Susan Rhode
February 5, 6 & 7, 2020
8:00 AM-4:30 PM on Days 1 & 2; 8:45 am-3:00 pm on Day 3
Cost: $750 for SENE & FENE Training (see options below)
Mediation Center Classroom
Suite 180
7400 Lyndale Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
Accommodations Near Mediation Center
MN CLE & Rule 114 CE accreditation to be applied for

This three-day training, approved and accredited by the MN State ENE Program, provides participants with the theory and process behind Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation. Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a confidential, voluntary, evaluative process designed to facilitate early and expeditious dispute resolution in family court matters. During an ENE process, experienced professionals offer evaluative assessments to parties who are engaged in parenting time, custody or financial disputes. Instructors provide practical, best-practices advice on conducting SENE and FENE sessions.

Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) is a confidential process that empowers parents to determine custody and parenting time arrangements for their children, expedites judicial case management, and reduces expensive custody and parenting time evaluations. This process moves families through court in a timely manner and maximizes the efficiency of early dispute resolution. Experienced SENE providers and trainers Susan Chambers, JD, and Jim Goetz, JD, offer a comprehensive over of the basics of the SENE process, including topics such as:

  • Critical components of the SENE process,
  • How the ENE process differs from other forms of ADR,
  • Explaining the SENE process to parties and counsel,
  • Methods for acquiring reliable and sufficient case information from parties and counsel
  • Ethical considerations for SENEs,
  • Techniques for managing session behavior,
  • Creating an atmosphere conducive to a successful outcome,
  • Preparing & delivering feedback effectively, and
  • Methods for reaching and memorializing an agreement.

Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) is a process that is beneficial to parties hoping to reach an early settlement, before their financial resources are expended on litigation. FENE providers gather information, then offer parties an unbiased and frank assessment of the financial issues involved in family court matters.  Experienced FENE providers and trainers Susan Rhode, JD, and Jeff Johnson, discuss the steps of the FENE process, including the topics:

  • Critical components of the FENE process,
  • Explaining the FENE process to parties and counsel,
  • Techniques to ensure parties feel heard,
  • Methods for collecting necessary financial information,
  • Delivering an evaluative opinion,
  • Concluding the session with settlement, and
  • Memorializing the agreement.

Click Mediation Center Registration Form for a printable registration form if you prefer to pay by check or credit card via mail. Otherwise, register for this training below.

Please note: SENE & FENE combined and FENE only are closed for registration. There are 2 seats in SENE only remaining as of 2:30 pm central, Feb. 4. Please email Sunday@MediationCenterMN.,org to join an interest list for the next SENE & FENE Training sessions.

We cannot accommodate walk-in registrations. Our apologies! Please email Sunday@MedaitionCenterMN.org to get on the interest list for future training sessions.


Venue Phone: 612-237-6505

Venue Website:

7400 Lyndale Avenue South, Suite 180, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423, United States

  • February 5, 2020 - February 7, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm