Mediation 2020:
Now What?


Fall Symposium
FRIDAY, Oct. 2nd  


9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Virtual Symposium)

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Kahoot! Happy Hour!)




Register Today!

Mediation 2020:
Now What?

9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Virtual Symposium
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kahoot! Happy Hour



7 Facts About Anxiety that will
Change the Way You Think

Maryellen Dance, LMHC

1.5 CEs, Social Worker CEs Pending 

“Anxiety” is thrown around a lot as a word…but what is it really? This workshop reviews 7 different psychological facts that will change the conversation around anxiety. You will leave this workshop understanding all the different ways anxiety can look, how to mitigate anxiety in the room with clients, and how to manage inadvertently adding anxiety into the client room.

Embracing Your “Self” in Liminal Space
and Times of Crisis

Gail Ferraioli, Relationship Specialist, Clarity Mediations

1.5 CEs, Social Worker CEs Pending

Sometimes the happenings in our macro world and inner world intersect in ways that compound trauma, exacerbate our shadows and affect our sense of balance and efficacy.  Welcome to a discussion about how we can care for ourselves and grow, while honoring uncertainties, fears, loss, grief, hopes and joys.

Update on NYSCDM’s Advanced Accreditation Program
Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq., President, New York State Council on Divorce Mediation 


Crisis and the High Conflict Person:
Mediating in the days of Covid-19

Bobbie L. Dillon, MS, Communication & Conflict Management Specialist; 
Kevin Clark, Partner, Wesley Clark & Peshkin
1.5 CEs, CLEs, Social Worker CEs Pending

People with high conflict personalities increase conflict through their extreme behavior, uncontrolled emotions, and preoccupation with the ABCs—accusing, blaming, and criticizing. Add to this the normal responses associated with crisis situations—difficulty taking in and interpreting data, exaggerated communication, and fight/flight/freeze responses—and you have a recipe for a difficult mediation. This workshop will explore the research related to high conflict personalities and crisis. Strategies for mediating in these challenging times will be offered and applied. Highly interactive. 

Ask Us Anything

Kris Jenks, CFA, Lumina Partners; 
Candi Fulop, Esq., Fulop Law;
Charles Newman, Esq., Charles M. Newman Law, Mediation and Arbitration; Renée LaPoint, MS, The Mediation Center; Plus other speakers from the day

1.5 CEs, CLEs, Social Worker CEs Pending

You've heard of Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" open forums where subject matter experts field questions from all comers.  We will have a panel of symposium speakers as well as a few other "self-appointed experts" on legal issues, financial topics and mental health aspects of mediation to close out our symposium.  Take this opportunity to get answers to your burning questions on things that weren't discussed earlier or to dig a little deeper into some of the topics we learned about.


Happy Hour!


Registration Now Open!

Early Bird Pricing (Now through Sept. 25): $100 NYSCDM Members; $120 Non-members

Regular Pricing (From September 26-Oct. 2): $120 NYSCDM Members; $140 Non-members

COMBO RATE: Sign up for the Fall Symposium and the Winter Symposium to save $50. Details on the registration form. 

* Includes all sessions, materials, virtual happy hour entertainment, networking.
** Does not include any refreshments.


If you have questions about the symposium content, please contact the chair:

Renee LaPoint

For technical questions about your registration, please contact NYSCDM Executive Director:

Patty Murray

Important Details 

REFUNDS: This virtual event will be recorded, so you can attend live or watch on demand. Refunds will not apply for this event. 

SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have any special requirements, please email [email protected] Attendees will provide their own food an beverages.

SYMPOSIUM MATERIALS: About a week before the symposium, you will receive conference materials via an online link/file share.

*NYSDRA members and MEMBERS OF OTHER STATE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT PRACTICE IN NEW YORK, are eligible for NYSCDM member rates. Government employees are eligible for member rates as well. Please email [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 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."

CONTINUING EDUCATION for Mental Health Professionals/Scoial Workers are approved for select presentations and co-sponsored by FamilyKind at NO additional cost.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 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 95 Allens Creek Road, Building 2, Suite 123, Rochester, New York 14618.

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]