FALL Symposium
Friday, Sept. 24th

WINTER Symposium
Friday, Dec, 3rd





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Shuttling Forward:
Tailoring Mediations to
Meet Family Needs

Part 1: Friday, September 24, 2021
9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Virtual Symposium
Social Activity Immediately After

Part 2: Friday, December 3, 2021
9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Virtual Symposium
Social Activity Immediately After

Attend one or both days to explore numerous strategies and techniques you can use when you need to tailor your approach for families with unique issues or when standard mediation is not working. We will look at how shuttling, caucusing, hybrid models, collaborative teams, allied professionals and more can help us better serve the families that come to us. 

Fall Symposium

9 AM          Welcome

9:15 AM     Keynote Address: Looking Within: The Most Challenging Frontier
                   for Family Mediators (1.5 CLEs Pending)

David A. Hoffman, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator, Collaborative Lawyer, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Our field is evolving in a direction that recognizes that our best work as mediators requires a sophisticated understanding of our own psyches – and especially our understandable tendency to judge the parties.  This interactive talk will make use of the Zoom platform to collect views from the participants about the tools that they use to manage their emotions, maintain curiosity, and foster empathy. This session also will address the impact of the pandemic and the broadening of mediation methods.

10:45 AM   Break

11 AM        100 Mediators in 100 Days: Mediation Around the World (1.5 CEs)

Jessica Kent
Mediator, Center for Resolution and Justice

What’s the difference between divorce mediation in Ireland versus Idaho? How can virtual sessions help or hinder progress between parties in different time zones? Who else can be at the table for a trauma-informed mediation? Where are the leaders who are innovating and creating new opportunities for industry growth? Join Jess Kent to hear about best practices from around the world resulting from her original research. During the pandemic, Jess interviewed 100 mediators in 100 days and learned about innovative techniques they are employing effectively. She will be calling on you to share your ideas during this dynamic session!

12:30 PM  Lunch

1 PM         Shuttle Mediation Strategies and Techniques (1.5 CLEs Pending, CEs)

Pamela Masters, Esq.
Collaborative Attorney and Family Mediator

What is shuttle mediation? How is it different from caucusing? Under what circumstances should one consider shuttle mediation, or not use it? What makes it effective? What are the challenges? How does a mediator maintain and show neutrality? What are the effects — good and bad — on the balances of power? How are the techniques different in in-person vs. a remote session? 

2:30 PM    Break

2:45 pm    He Said, She Said: A Shuttle Case Study
                  (1.5 CEs, Contact Hours for Social Workers Pending)

Renee LaPoint, MS, The Mediation Center, Inc.
Kristen Jenks, CFA, Lumina Partners, LLC

Based on an actual case they worked on, Renee LaPoint and Kris Jenks will present the fact pattern and discuss how and why they used a shuttle approach to help the couple reach a final agreement on a number of topics, including full disclosure of needed information, equitable distribution, parenting, and ultimately "getting to yes."  Implications and challenges of doing shuttle mediation over zoom will also be discussed. You will be assigned to topical breakout rooms to discuss the case description, relating your own experiences and incorporating what you've learned through the day's sessions.

4:15 PM    Takeaways/Group Discussion

4:45 PM    Social Activity

Registration is open with the same pricing as last year and the popular combo rate.

Early Bird Pricing (Through Sept. 15): $100 NYSCDM Members; $120 Non-members

Regular Pricing (From September 16-Sept. 24): $120 NYSCDM Members; $140 Non-members

COMBO RATE: Sign up for the Fall Symposium AND the Winter Symposium to save $50.



* Contact Hours for Social Workers Provided In Partnership with FamilyKind.

Additional Details

NYSDRA members and MEMBERS OF OTHER STATE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT PRACTICE IN NEW YORK, are eligible for NYSCDM member rates. Government and court employees are eligible for member rates as well. Please email [email protected]
We offer a $25 discount for presenters; for details, contact [email protected]

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION: “New York State Council on Divorce Mediation has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York through December 31, 2021. CLE credits will be earned depending on sessions attended. All sessions are suitable for newly appointed and experienced attorneys. Continuing Education credits are provided for beginning and advanced mediators." [email protected] 

CONTACT HOURS for Social Workers will be provided for specific sessions(identified in brochure) in partnership with FamilyKind at NO additional cost.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS for other professionals will be provided for all sessions by NYSCDM at NO additional cost.

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP: NYSCDM’s Financial hardship policy is available upon written request. To apply, write Connie Fraser at Crossbridge Office Park, 2000 S. Winton Road, Bldg. 4, Suite 400, Rochester, New York 14618 or [email protected]

REFUNDS: Since this event will be offered online and recordings will be provided to all paid attendees, no refunds will be offered for this event.

ACCESSIBILITY: If you have any requirements for accessibility or other needs, please let us know on the event registration form or email [email protected].

If you have any questions, feel free to contact 
Patty Murray, NYSCDM Executive Director.


New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
1732 1st Ave #21294, New York NY 10128
516) 227-2595 - [email protected]