Register Today for the Upstate Symposium


Mediator Energy and Influence: How You Make a Difference

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

At the Beautiful and Historic
Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, NY 14534

Sharpen your divorce mediation skills, and enjoy a warm end-of-summer Friday, in a beautiful setting. Your registration includes a hot/cold continental breakfast, delicious lunch, all-day refreshments, CLE’s, and symposium materials (on Dropbox). Free parking on site.

Register today - Updated Symposium Schedule

7:30 – 8:30 Hot/Cold Continental Breakfast 

8:30 – 10:00 Recognizing, Responding, and Referring: A Toolkit for Mediation

Presenters: Meaghan De Chateauvieux, Interim CEO, Willow Domestic Violence Center, Rochester, and Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq. Informative discussion about how to recognize and support individuals who feel unsafe with their partner.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Skills Pending

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee

10:15 – 11:45 Leadership is Energy and Influence, Not a Title

Presenter: Sherri McCardle, Master Certified Coach. With interactive exercises, Sherri will raise our awareness about how to lead ourselves and our clients, with conscious energy and influence, not our title.

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch & Networking

12:45 – 2:15 Are You Using Your Neocortex to it’s Fullest Potential?

Presenter: Don Boice, LCSW. Don will help us understand t
he science behind how we are triggered emotionally in our mediation sessions, and how to understand and prepare for it to reduce the likelihood of it happening. 

1.5 Mental Health CEs Pending

2:15 – 2:30 Coffee Break

2:30 – 4:00 The Divorce Tax Challenge: Updates on New Tax Laws

Presenter: Mark Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE, CGMA. Using an interactive format, Mark will review what every divorce mediator needs to know about the new tax laws.

CLE Credits: 1.5 Skills Pending

Registration is Now Open!

Early Bird Pricing (From August 18-September 14): $105 NYSCDM Members; $125 Non-members

Regular Pricing (From September 8-21): $115 NYSCDM Members; $135 Non-members

* Includes all sessions, materials, hot/cold breakfast, lunch, all-day refreshments, free parking


Places to Stay

Although there is no official hotel for this event, there are a number of nice options for overnight accommodations in the Rochester area. You might consider:

Doubletree Rochester

Radisson Rochester Airport

Del Monte Lodge Renaissance 

Please visit the hotel websites or contact the hotels directly for information about shuttle services, other transportation options, directions and more. 

Important Details 

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 from July 25, 2018 – July 24. 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."

FINANCIAL HARDSHIP: NYSCDM’s Financial hardship policy is available upon written request. To apply, write Connie Fraser, 95 Allens Creek Road, Bldg. 2, Ste. 123, Rochester, New York 14618

REFUNDS: For requests received via email by September, 7th, refunds will be granted as follows: amount paid, less a $25 administrative fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be granted. 

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you need dietary or ADA accommodations or have other special needs, please indicate them on the online registration form or email [email protected]


If you have any other questions about this event, please feel free to contact [email protected]