Preventing Divorce Wars and Protecting Children Webinar

Includes a Live Event on 10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Divorce wars damage families and can cause serious harm to children. Decades after Wallerstein and Kelly’s (1980) original research demonstrated the extent to which conflict during divorce can cause damage to children, custody battles, and divorce wars rage on in the court system. Many people remain unaware that there are healthier ways to accomplish family reorganization, which can help stabilize family dynamics and preserve relationships. In divorce mediation, a neutral mediator helps spouses respectfully reach mutual agreements on all divorce issues – dividing assets and debts, spousal support, and all parenting issues -- without ever going to court. Resolving divorce and child custody issues in mediation reduces conflict to the great benefit of children. By lowering conflict, spouses significantly reduce the time and cost of their divorce process and reduce emotional stress for everyone involved. Mediation lays a foundation for healthy co-parenting after divorce. 

Preventing Divorce Wars and Protecting Children is an energetic, highly interactive program that encourages maximum audience participation. We will explain the divorce mediation process – from beginning to end – and discuss the many ways in which mediation supports a healthy family system evolution during and after divorce. Participants will develop an understanding of how mediation compares to litigation in court. Arizona divorce and child joint legal decision-making law (formerly referred to as ‘child custody’) essentials will be covered so that Counselors have a clear understanding of the law. Participants will understand the “client-centered” mediation process, including mediation research, mediation neutrality, confidentiality, ethics, and the concept of interest-based negotiation. Participants will learn about the parallel between therapeutic and dispute resolution interventions (normalizing, reflective listening, reframing, face-saving, etc.) and gain additional conflict management skills. Participants will learn about child coping behaviors during separation and divorce and how to therapeutically diffuse child custody battles when working with parents.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how mediation supports healthy family systems evolution.
  2. Understand the divorce mediation process and how it compares to litigating a divorce in court. 
  3. Understand Arizona divorce and child joint legal decision-making laws.
  4. Understand client-centered mediation.
  5. Understand how to apply conflict resolution skills to manage disputes. 
  6. Normalize common child coping behaviors to diffuse conflict that commonly results in child custody battles.


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Michael Aurit, JD, MDR, is Co-Founder and Director of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is President of The Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is also an Adjunct Professor at The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He serves as Ethics Chair of the Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators. Michael holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law. He holds his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee College.


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Karen Aurit, LAMFT, is Co-Founder and Director of The Aurit Center for Divorce Mediation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Karen is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in mindfulness theory and stress reduction techniques. Karen is an Adjunct Professor at The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. She is a member of The Academy of Professional Family Mediators and Conference Co-Chair for The Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She holds her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and her Mediation Certification from The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


This program offers 1 NBCC hour.

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North Carolina Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2034. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. North Carolina Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

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Preventing Divorce Wars and Protecting Children Webinar
10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
10/06/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
Preventing Divorce Wars and Protecting Children Certificate
1.00 CE Credits credit  |  No certificate available
1.00 CE Credits credit  |  No certificate available
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