-Programs for Professionals


Basic Core Mediation (Rule 17) Training 

(prerequisite  for Family Mediation Training- total of two programs meets 40 hours requirement)   


Completion of this 16-hour course meets qualifications for mediators pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rule 17.  This course is also a prerequisite for Rule 88 – Family Mediation Training. [Completion of the 40-hour course meets  the qualifications for mediators pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 17 and 88.]

This is an interactive class that provides theory as well as practical skills and includes active input from the participants and role-play opportunities. Participants in the 16-hour training will receive 19.2 hours of Missouri CLE credits/ 16.0 hours Missouri Committee for Social Workers CU (applied) , including Ethics credit (to be approved). Coursework includes review of interest-based negotiation; nature and sources of conflict; communication skills; values and principles underlying mediation practice; impasse and challenges in mediation; mediation role play; Uniform Acts and Missouri Rules and statutes relevant to mediation.

Cost:                               $500.00


Lead Instructor:           Simone A. Haberstock  JD, LL.M.


Family Law Mediation (Rule 88) Training

24 hour training-

(Must have attended Basic Civil/Core Mediation Training (16 hours) – Rule 17)  Completion of Both Rule 17 and Rule 88 training meets the qualification for a mediator/neutral under Supreme Court Rules 17 and 88 and the requirements for the St. Louis and St. Charles County approved mediator lists)  All five days (Rule 17 and 88, qualify for 40 hours training required for Family Court approved mediators)  

This is an interactive class that provides theory as well as practical skills, including active input from the participants and role-play opportunities. Participants in the 24-hour training will receive 24.4 hours of Missouri CLE credits, including 1.1 hours of Ethics credit.  Mental Health Professionals qualify for 24 contact hours of credit.   Coursework includes review Uniform Acts and Missouri Rules and statutes relevant to mediation; critical legal issues in divorce (spousal support, division of property, etc.); never-married parents; preparation of Form 14 (child support);  temporary orders;  frequent tax issues; domestic violence screening/training; and drafting tips for non-lawyers.

Cost:                                 $ 650.00  (registration link above)


Lead Trainer:                Simone A .Haberstock JD, LLM

* with St. Louis Area mediators from legal and mental health fields who practice in civil, family, business  law areas including Dr. Nancy Williger MSW PhD, Nicole Pace LCSW and others



Introduction to Family Court Laws and Procedures for the Non-Lawyer (Education Credit for Mental Health Professionals)   (January 26-27, 2018)

A 2-day, twelve (12) hour course providing non-lawyers with an overview of the law and legal analysis of issues arising in divorce, modification, enforcement, guardianship, prenuptial/post-nuptial agreements, grandparent visitation, paternity/never married parents, child support collection and enforcement, etc. Includes review of timelines for the legal process; the basics of evidence and discovery; state and local court procedures in Missouri; and a discussion of how mediation, financial transactions; and mental health treatment/interventions interact with the legal and court process. The hours provided by this course will allow Mental Health Professionals to qualify for the St. Louis County Mediator and Parenting Coordinator lists.

Location:                 St. Louis, Missouri –2016 South Big Bend Boulevard, St. Louis,63117

Lead Trainer:                 Simone Haberstock McCartney

Cost:                                 $ 175.00

Introduction to the Psychology and the Family (for Legal Professionals)

A eight hour course providing attorneys and legal professionals with eight (8) hours training in family systems, family dynamics, and child development, including an overview of high conflict families. The hours provided by this course will allow attorneys to meet 8 of the 12 hours required to qualify for the St. Louis County Mediator and Parenting Coordinator lists.

Shifting Lanes into Mediation– 

A mediation practice does not look or function like the practice of a typical therapist, lawyer, or other professional.  In this 2 hour free presentation/discussion, a mental health professional/mediator and an attorney/mediator will explore key differences in the practice and ethics of mediation and the provision of other services.  The discussion will also explore the structure and planning required to keep organized; properly run your office; start mediation with clients; and set and maintain the ground rules with clients.  Join us for this free training and discussion that will help you make plans to begin offering mediation to others.  For those who are currently practicing, we welcome your input and experience in discussing ideas that will help all of us improve the practice of mediation.

The Basics of Parenting Coordination (Missouri)

12 hour classroom training meeting the requirements and standards set by Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for parenting coordination training for attorneys and mental health professionals (local rules may require additional training in mediation and other supplemental course work).   Course work focuses on the 5 roles of a parenting coordinator; tools and strategies used by a parenting coordinator; procedure and forms adopted  in Missouri; as well as case management and intervention techniques for working with high conflict parents.

Another World – Mediating Small Civil Claims 

Mediation in small claims court can be entirely different world than traditional civil mediation. The damages sought may be smaller and claims between parties may be more limited in scope but parties may have closer or more long term relationships.  In addition, unlike civil mediation, mediation often occurs in the courthouse, just before a trial; not all the claims between the parties may be included in the pleadings; parties are often unrepresented; and mediation must occur in a limited amount of time.   This course will help practitioners prepare for challenging, and rewarding work, with individuals who have small claims and disputes.