Online registration is now open. We have a lot of exciting speakers and hot topics that will be covered this year. Full conference brochure.

Pre-conference, Thursday, May 4:  

Two Homes, One Childhood:
Joint Custody and Mediating 
Developmentally Appropriate 
Parenting Plans

Robert Emery, Ph.D., focuses his research on family relationships and children's mental health, including parental conflict, divorce, mediation, child custody, genetically-informed studies of family life, family violence, and associated legal and policy issues. He has authored over 150 scientific publications, and several books including his latest: Two Homes, One Childhood: A Parenting Plan to Last a Lifetime (2016, Avery). Dr. Emery has discussed his work on the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Jane Pauley Show, National Public Radio, in Newsweek and Time magazines, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He maintains a practice as a clinical 
psychologist, divorce mediator, and parenting coordinator. 
He is the father of five children.


Annual Conference, Friday, May 5
and Saturday, May 6:


Communicate with Me! Is what I thought I said What you thought you heard?

Interactive session with Frank Wood, PhD, Your Resilient Divorce

Let’s Face It! The Art of Confrontation with Challenging Clients
Wendy Behary, Author/Expert

Must-see: Annual Update on the Law
Featuring Our Very Own: Steve Abel, Esq., Attorney/Mediator

Owning the Room During Mediation Entertaining luncheon address about 
using acting techniques and non-verbal communication skills

Laura Bonarrigo, Certified Divorce Coach and Actor (Formerly, Cassie on One Life to Live)


  • Hiding Behind the Anger: The Complex Emotions that Drive Conflict
  • Pre- and Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Divorcing Parents and Their Special Needs Children
  • Mediating Modification of Child Support
  • Social Security: Show Me the Money
  • Business Valuations: Making Sure the Deck Isn't Stacked Against One Spouse 
  • The Emotional and Legal Needs of LGBTQ Clients
  • Life Insurance & Trusts  
  • Overriding Our Instincts
  • Expert Panel: How to Mediate Legal Questions
  • Mediation vs. Litigation: The Latest Findings



The Annual Conference will be held at:

Doubletree Tarrytown

Please use room block code CDM before April 10.