Lots of learning is going on in the fields of mediation and collaborative law. Last weekend I attended the nation’s largest annual gathering of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals at a conference in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. One week before this I attended the Academy of Professional Family Mediators 2014 Conference  (APFM) in wonderful San Diego, CA. Both brought together hundreds of family and divorce professionals from all over the world for discussions, workshops, forums, sessions, and networking events. One thing I would love to see is a bit of cross-pollination between these two organizations. That would be amazing!

The 2014 APFM conference was titled “Casting a Wider Net in the Ocean of Family Mediation”

APFM promotes professionalism in mediation and intends to increase the credibility of mediation as a better option for people in resolving divorce and other family issues.

Events at the Mediation Conference included sessions by top presenters in the field, engaging lunch discussion groups, three plenaries, and pre-conference institutes. It was exciting to be among such brilliant minds and like-minded mediators!

One of the highlights at each conference was a presentation by Karen Bonnell of Coach Mediate Consult, a local practice based in Bellevue. She is the author of  “The Co-Parents’ Handbook: Raising Well-Adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults.” This book is an excellent resource for parents who have gone through a separation. Karen gave great presentations at the conferences about co-parenting and better divorce options—concepts that can be found in her helpful book for parents.

I’ve returned to Seattle with new ideas, perspectives and learning in order to better serve my clients and stay up to date on progressions in the mediation industry. Family and divorce mediation are valuable, constructive alternatives to messy court situations.

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