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16-Hour Advanced Matrimonial Mediation Training Online (East Coast)

May 29 at 12:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


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May 29 & 30

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

June 5, 2024

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

June 6, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PST | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST



Join the Center for Understanding in Conflict for a comprehensive 16-hour Advanced Matrimonial Mediation Training.

Our trainers have designed this program to benefit those practicing in New York. However, it is appropriate and applicable for professionals of all disciplines, including jurists, lawyers, collaborative professionals, business consultants, executive coaches, managers and supervisors, human resources professionals, ombuds-people, non-profit staff, and other people whose work will be enhanced by increased skills in conflict resolution.

Core Concepts

This highly engaging program will:

  • Teach participants relevant New York State matrimonial and family law.
  • Teach advanced skills helpful to mediate divorces and family cases effectively rooted in the understanding-based model.
  • Qualifies as an advanced mediation course approved under Part 146.4(b)(2) of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge of New York State.
  • Provide 16 hours of NYS CLE credits.
  • Can be combined with the 24-hour Basic Mediation Training Course to receive a 40-hour completion certificate.


What is the Format of this Training?

Participants will learn matrimonial law through discussions and advanced mediation skills through role-plays and interactive exercises.  This hands-on, online training also trains the core skills of the Understanding Based Approach, through lively demonstrations and role-plays, all of which immerse participants in the learning. Realistic simulations, in which participants work through mediations with coaching from our teachers, offer participants the chance to hone their skills and experience the emotional challenges faced by parties in dispute. Participants describe these different modes of learning and their interplay as engaging and rewarding.

Which topics will be covered?

  • Harnessing the power of understanding to assist the parties in reaching fuller and more satisfying agreements.
  • Practicing advanced mediation techniques to address challenging family dynamics.
  • Teaching the laws on child support, maintenance, equitable distribution of marital assets/debts, and parenting (custody/visitation, decision-making authority).
  • Learning to navigate the role of law and lawyers in divorce mediation.

Who Can Participate? 

This advanced training is open to those who have completed prior mediation training. If you are still determining whether your training meets this requirement, please get in touch with [email protected]




The program training fee is $900 for the four, half-days.


**Those who have taken the 24-hour Basic Mediation course in April, 2024 are also eligible to receive a 10% training fee discount. Please contact [email protected] if this applies to you.

** The maximum discount available from all sources is 10% of the training fee.

Financial aid may be available for training fees.  Please contact us at [email protected] for details or for any questions regarding logistics.



Who Are the Trainers?

Antoinette Delruelle has been a mediator since 2009 and an attorney since 1994. Before starting the Mediation Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) in 2013, she represented survivors of domestic violence in divorces and family cases for eighteen years and has taught mediation to legal services attorneys and NYS court staff and mediates divorces, parenting, and child permanency cases for New York City’s five borough courts. Antoinette was president of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York from 2014 to 2016 and is on the Center for Understanding in Conflict board. She is a member of the statewide ADR Advisory Committee formed by former Chief Judge DiFiore in April 2018 to give recommendations on how to increase the use of ADR in the NYS court system.

Ivan Alter is a collaborative attorney and mediator with offices in Westchester County and New York City and an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. Practicing law since 1994, Ivan previously had a career as a commercial and matrimonial litigator before discovering the understanding based model at the CUC. Since then, Ivan has focused all of his professional energies on practicing, promoting, and teaching mediation and collaborative law. He is member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, the Family and Divorce Mediation Council, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Northern Westchester Collaborative Divorce.

Michelle Exline Minovi is a highly skilled divorce and family mediator with 12+ years family law experience.  As Managing Attorney at the legal services non-profit Ayuda in Washington, D.C., Michelle represented low-income and Spanish-speaking immigrant clients in complex matrimonial cases in the context of domestic violence. After moving to Brooklyn, Michelle litigated and won sole custody on behalf of a mother of two children who was forced to leave the ultra-orthodox community because she identified as queer. After three years of intense litigation, Michelle wondered if there was an alternative way to divorce. Michelle knew she had to pivot from litigation to mediation when she took her first mediation training at the Center for Understanding Conflict.

Guest Trainer on Family Systems, Emotional Aspects of Separation and Divorce on Adult and Minor children, and Age Appropriate Parenting

Tanya Leach is an attorney, mediator, mitigation specialist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan. She began her transition from litigation to mediation and psychotherapy in 2013, studying mediation at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Center for Understanding in Conflict and psychoanalysis at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (“NIP”), while volunteering at NYLAG’s Mediation Project, providing lowcost therapy at NIP’s Treatment Center, and facilitating restorative justice work for individuals and groups in state prisons. She was President of NIP’s Professional Association (“NIPPA”) from 2018 until 2023, is part of the Mediation Roster for the Queens County Matrimonial Part and is on the faculty of NIP.


Is there Continuing Education Credit?

New York

In New York, The Mediation Intensive Training will fulfill 16 NY CLE credit hours.  For continuing legal education purposes, the Mediation Intensive Training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 15 CLE credits are in skills and areas of professional practice and 1 CLE credit is in ethics

The Center’s in-person and online training has been approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. (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.)

Cancellation Policy

Please note our cancellation policy: If you cancel 4 weeks or more prior to the program, we return your deposit minus a $250.00 administration fee. Between 4 and 2 weeks prior to the program, we retain 50% of the total cost of the program unless we are able to find a replacement for your seat, in which case we will refund the fee minus the $250.00 administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the program unless we can find a replacement.

For additional information, please email us at [email protected] or call us at (844) 242-3428.


[1] Final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is approved does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.  Pursuant to Part 146, court-based mediation rosters require both a combination of mediation training and experience mediating.  Acceptance on court rosters depends on a court’s need for mediators at any given time and may include a court’s need for mediators with specific case-type training or experience and mediation experience.

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May 29
12:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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