We offer a variety of different training courses and Louisa Whitney has undertaken training for Central Law Training – one of the big providers of training to the legal industry and other smaller training providers.

Below is a list of our training courses that are available this year.  They include dates where these have been set.  If you are interested in one of the training courses then please let us know.  We can either let you know when they will be running, or we can arrange for the training to come to you if you have a group or POD that would be interested in undertaking the training.  If you would like to go on our mailing list to receive details of all our training courses please email

Our courses are designed to be skills based, local, interactive and cost effective.  The objective is to help those working with couples who separate to better understand the family justice system and the mediation process, to acquire and develop the necessary skills to achieve successful and helpful resolutions for clients (particularly within the rapidly changing family justice system) and those looking to develop their mediation skills.

In 2018 we are running the following courses:

Understanding Divorce: an interactive guide to lawyers, the court and all that jazz.  This all day workshop has been run for a group of counsellors but would be useful for any group of professionals who work with couples who separate and who want to better understand the family justice system.  Please contact us for more information.

Getting started as a family mediator

This course is designed for anyone considering a career (or an additional career) in family mediation.  It outlines the training process including more information about the foundation course; what’s involved in the accreditation process; and how you might go about obtaining mediation work.  It’s designed to be a practical guide to the necessary training to become an accredited family mediator.  It aims to ensure you leave the course with a knowledge of what’s involved and how you can get ahead of the game in terms of developing your skills and, crucially, starting to obtain mediation work.  It’s designed to ensure that you understand what’s involved and have a firm plan in place before you part with the £2,000 to £3,000 necessary to undertake a foundation training course.

Next date for this course: Wednesday 3rd October 2018 from 9.00 a.m to 12 p.m. Price £79.19

Supporting Family Mediation (getting the most for your client and yourself)

This course is designed to be aimed primarily at lawyers (or their support staff).  The purpose of the course is to explain what happens during the family mediation process and how you, as a lawyer, can best support your client when they are using this process.  It gives practical tips to ensure you are kept in the loop during the process, and suggests ways of dealing with concerns that clients may have about duplicating costs.  It also deals with some common pitfalls and suggests ways they can be avoided.  In these changing times in the family justice system this course is designed to ensure that lawyers are maximising their earning potential, and working in a way that is user friendly for clients and rewarding for them.

We have already run this course once this year and this is some of the feedback that has been received:

“Very informative and relevant to work as a family lawyer”

“Great insight into mediation and what actually happens.  Will do doubt help me to support and encourage my clients in the process”.

“Very informative course.  Louisa was easy and clear to understand”.

“Louisa delivered the course in an interesting and engaging way.  Louisa is incredibly knowledgeable in mediation, the process and how beneficial it can be”.

“Great tips to support clients through the mediation process”.

“Very informative yet relaxed and informal.  Louisa was perfect! Thank you very much”.

“It was easy to follow and understand.  I learnt a lot from this course especially as a secretary, rather than a lawyer”.

“Great Presenter”.

Next Date for this course: Wednesday 19th September from 9.00 a.m to 12 p.m Cost: £79.17

Developing a DR Practice

This is a new course for 2018 and is designed mainly for family lawyers wishing to work in a more fulfilling way focussing on dispute resolution work.  Although the primary focus is mediation the model would work for anyone wanting to work for themselves in a more dispute resolution focussed way.  It looks at the practical way you can put together a plan for taking the leap to running your own practice and deals with important things to be aware of before you make the jump.  It also has a marketing section to ensure that you have a plan to generate work for your new practice.  It encourages delegates to look at where there work will come from and to have a strategic plan in place that is not simply crossing your fingers.  It looks at the pros and cons of working for yourself in a dispute resolution process focussed practice so that you can assess whether this is the right move for you.

This is an all day new course which includes lunch.  The date is to be confirmed but please contact us if you’re interested in receiving further details or attending.  The course will run from 9.30 a.m. until 4 p.m and the cost will be approximately £185.


Becoming an instinctive family mediator workshop

Do you enjoy your work as a mediator but do you often feel that trying to work within the ‘rules’ means you’re often more concerned with whether you’re doing it right than how good you are at it?  Do you feel that you have the potential to be a better mediator but you’re not sure how to tap into that?  Do you often wonder after a meeting whether there were better things you could have said and done?  Do you want to feel that you are the mediator that you want to be and to feel you’re doing the best job you can?  This course looks at common issues cited by mediators and how these can be barriers to really getting in touch with the mediator that you are.  The course offers practical help for overcoming concerns about giving advice or not being impartial.  It also aims to offer many tools to enable you to ensure that you are being the best mediator you can be.  The course aims to develop your confidence in your own approach by giving you lots of new tools and resources to work with so you can work to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients in family mediation.


Next workshop: Wednesday 17th October from 9 a.m until 12 p.m. Price £94.91


If you are interested in any of the above courses then please contact us for the full course outline and details of when the course is running.  We are also able to put together bespoke training courses so if you have a particular training need but don’t see a course then please get in touch.

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