This two-credit course will be held over two weekends. It is a demanding and intensive 40-hour training which is co-offered to lawyers, judges, therapists, administrators, and other professionals for CLE credit. The focus of skills development will be on the mediation of parenting, support, and property issues in divorce and post-decree cases. Simulations of family mediations will be the primary training tool. Classroom focus will be on analysis of the mediation process and psychological issues of parenting and divorce in the context of New Mexico's legal structure. Journal or reflective papers will be required. This course will be graded on a CR/C-, D+, D, D-, F basis.
Basic Mediation is a prerequisite for Family Mediation. And, as such, must be taken in a prior semester. Basic Mediation cannot be taken in the same semester as Family Mediation.
The course will be scheduled on two weekends beginning at midday Friday, running all day Saturday, and through the afternoon on Sunday. See schedule for exact times. Attendance during all scheduled class time is mandatory. There will be no exceptions to the attendance requirement.
If you have a conflict with another course that meets on Friday afternoon, you will have to make arrangements with the professor to miss those classes that conflict with the two Fridays that Family Mediation is scheduled. If those arrangements cannot be made, you will not be able to take Family Mediation. These arrangements must be made at the very start of the semester, so that another course can be scheduled if you are unable to get the excused absences that are necessary to attend Family Mediation.