Past Events

16-Hour Parenting Coordination Training*

April 16-17, 2018

This two-day training program is for parenting coordinators, mediators, custody evaluators, attorneys, judges, therapists, parent educators, and other professionals who work with high-conflict families

Christine Crilley presents a comprehensive training that will form a foundation for your parenting coordination practice. Parenting coordination is an alternative dispute resolution process that is non-confidential and child centered. The parenting coordinator works with parents (usually high conflict) toward a healthier co-parenting relationship, dispute resolution and decision-making (sometimes by contract or court order, the parenting coordinator makes the decision when the parents are unwilling or unable to do so).

Christine Crilley presents a comprehensive training that will form a foundation for your parenting coordinator practice. This specialty training is in topics relating to parenting coordination including the parenting coordination process, guidelines for the practice, family dynamics, domestic violence, best interest of the children, dealing with high conflict parents, parenting skills, problem solving techniques, dealing with conflict and much more.  And yes, we do a lot of role playing so you get a chance to practice parenting coordination.

*This training follows the AFCC Guidelines for Parenting Coordination.

Parenting Coordinators: Be sure to check the requirements of the state that you are planning to practice in regards to any additional training required, such as mediation training.

Training Location:
Crilley Mediation & Law Center
320 Miller Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233

Crilley Mediation Services also offers training in ACR Nationally Approved 40-Hour Family Law Mediation Training, Collaborative Law, and Advanced Dispute Resolution. For dates and details on these and other trainings and seminars visit:, call our office at (319) 363-5606 or email

40-Hour Family Law Mediator Training

March 5-9, 2018

This training is for Mediators, Collaborative Professionals, Attorneys, CPAs, Financial Planners, Therapists, Child Advocates, Parenting Coordinators, Human Resources, Social Workers Attorney: Approved Iowa 41.75, CLE 3.0 Ethics

This 40 hour mediation training program, offered through Crilley Mediation Services, is for those who want to mediate in family law disputes, in court ordered roster mediation programs, in the workplace, and facilitate in other areas of dispute resolution. The training will form a foundation for your mediation practice. Although this training is not intended to be advanced skill training, some advanced skill development may be introduced. Training will provide a comprehensive background in dispute resolution enabling you to develop your own style and area of mediation. The training will help you to develop a plan to set up a practice or business in mediation or to use the knowledge gained to become more effective with people that you encounter or to facilitate dispute resolution. The training will be a seminar style of learning with active participation by each participant. And, yes, we do a lot of role playing so you get a chance to practice mediating. Please feel free to ask questions as we proceed through the training. This is a 40 hour course and to receive your certificate, you must attend all 40 hours. Breaks will be incorporated within the training, including a lunch break.

Training Location:
Crilley Mediation & Law Center
320 Miller Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233

Crilley Mediation Services also offers training in Collaborative Law, Parenting Coordinator, and Advanced Dispute Resolution.  For dates and details on these and other trainings and seminars, visit:, call our office at (319) 363-5606, or email

Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators: Tame the Tension

April 27 & 28, 2017
13800 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, Nebraska (Champions Run Golf Club)
This biennial conference is a collaborative effort between four state mediation associations: Iowa Association of Mediators, Nebraska Mediation Association, Heartland Mediators Associations (Kansas), and Association of Missouri Mediators.

This year’s conference, “Tame the Tension,” features Brad Heckman, CEO of the New York Peace Institute.

About Brad: Brad Heckman is CEO of New York Peace Institute, one of the nation’s largest mediation services. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award.  He served on the boards of the National Association for Community Mediation, the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, and the NYC Peace Museum. Brad has trained labor unions, the NYPD, NASA, United Nations programs, and community organizations worldwide. His interest in peaceful dialogue began as university lecturer Poland in 1989, witnessing the country’s transition to democracy. Brad served as Vice President of Safe Horizon, a leading victims services agency. He was also International Director of Partners for Democratic Change, where he helped introduce mediation to Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and beyond. Brad received a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Recently, Brad was the keynote speaker at the International Organizations Career Development Roundtable (CDR) in Helsinki, Finland.

Brad is committed to helping individuals develop their skills by integrating exercises throughout the training that build muscle memory. His presentation style is very engaging and visual as he incorporates sketches into his trainings. He has a large gallery of sketches that he pulls from – to the right is a picture of his floor with his some of his sketches that he uses during trainings.

8th Annual World Mediation Congress

Sponsored by:  InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, Drake University Law School, and The Iowa State Bar Association

November 11 & 12, 2016
Drake Universtiy, Des Moines, IA

Keynote:  Bill Eddy
Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

Additional workshop topics include

  • ADR in the Brexit
  • Building Bridges or Walls?
  • Labor Mediation
  • Ethics Panel
  • International Growth of Mediation
  • Psychology of Mediation
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Community Mediation
  • Mediation as a First Response

Cost $250.

CLE 15 hours have been applied for, including 3 hrs of ethics

Iowa Association of Mediators Spring Conference
May 07-08, 2105
Stoney Creek Inn – Johnston, IA

Emotional Vampires
Managing High Conflict Personalities in Mediation

Presented By John Edwards, High Conflict Institute
Approved for 7.0 CLE Hours

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