Family Mediation Training

SHRMFamily mediation is an empowering process for people separating or divorcing. District courts throughout Minnesota require parties filing for divorce to consider alternative dispute resolution processes during the course of their court case. 

In this class we will cover: mediation theory and practice, family law; psychological issues of adults and children in divorce; domestic abuse; financial and property issues, and mediator ethics in family cases. Class also includes role plays, coaching and debriefing.

A comprehensive experiential training course for professionals who want to learn to mediate family disputes and meets the requirements of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rule 114 Training Guidelines.

Upon completion of this certified course, participants will have the skills to mediate in family and divorce situations and be eligible for inclusion on the Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Family Roster.

Please bring $15 to the first class to purchase a required manual.

Professional Credits:

  • 40 Alternative Dispute Resolution Credits (ADR); includes 2 Ethics Credits
  • 38 Standard Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE); and 2 Ethics Credits
  • 40 SHRM Professional Development Credits
  • CEU certificate for educators, social workers, etc. will also be available

Dates:  May 6-10, 2024

Time:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: SCSU, Riverview Room 205


Available as a CEU course or as a for-credit course.


Instructor:  R. Jeffrey Ringer

R. Jeffrey RingerProfessor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at SCSU.  Jeff is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and has taught mediation for over ten years.  He also teaches courses in conflict management, family communication, and alternative forms of third party intervention.  He is a volunteer mediator for the Conflict Resolution Center and operates a ballroom dance studio in his free time.

Questions:  Contact Jeff Ringer, ringer@stcloudstate.edu


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