Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training
May 16-18, 2004

Space is Limited. Register by April 9, 2004 Deadline.

The Center for Social Gerontology and PeaceTalks present the Eighth Annual Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training on May 16-18, 2004, in Ann Arbor, MI.

Exciting Area of Family Mediation

Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation

Mediators, courts, attorneys, and those working with older or disabled persons increasingly recognize mediation as a valuable alternative to guardianship litigation. It provides an opportunity to address underlying issues that trigger guardianship petitions and explore options and alternatives. It allows an older or disabled person to be an active part of the decision-making process and maintain maximum autonomy. If undertaken prior to filing a petition, results can be even more beneficial. This eighth annual training provides a unique opportunity to gain vital information and skills needed to handle these important and challenging cases.

About The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)

TCSG is a national leader in policy research and advocacy on issues of law & aging, with a particular focus on guardianship. Recognizing the need for a new approach to meaningfully address the complex issues underlying many guardianship cases, TCSG began to explore the potential of mediation, and since the late 1980s, has pioneered its use with courts, mediators and the aging network. Efforts have recently expanded to family caregiver mediation.

About PeaceTalks Mediation Services

PeaceTalks provides mediation and facilitation services and training in mediation, conflict management and consensus decision-making in Southeast Michigan. Co-Owned by Susan Hartman and Claire Tinkerhess, PeaceTalks provides services to families, workplace groups, schools, religious organizations, and community groups.

About the Trainers

Susan Hartman, J.D., Co-Owner, PeaceTalks. Ms. Hartman previously worked with TCSG on its groundbreaking guardianship mediation initiative and authored TCSGs Adult Guardianship Mediation Manual. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area.

Penelope Hommel, M.Sc., TCSG Co-Director. Ms. Hommel pioneered the conceptualization, development, and evaluation of guardianship/caregiver mediation.

Susan Butterwick, J.D. Directing Attorney of TCSG's 3-state caregiver mediation project. Ms. Butterwick also directed TCSG's study, Evaluating Mediation as a Means of Resolving Adult Guardianship Cases.

Who should attend?

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Course Content



Sunday May 16 through Tuesday May 18, 2004. The program will run from 9-6 on Sunday, 8:30-5:30 on Monday, and 8:30-12:30 on Tuesday.


The training will be held at the Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Conference Room Rate is $85+ tax for single or double occupancy. To assure this rate, you must reserve by April 25, 2004. Call (734) 769-9800 and be sure to mention PeaceTalks.


Ann Arbor is served by Detroit Metro Airport. Information about airport and local transportation will be sent with registration materials.


Deadline for Registration is April 9, 2004. For registrations received by April 9, the fee is $450. Continental breakfast and snacks are included. For Registrations received after April 9, the fee is $500; these will be accepted on a space-available basis.


Each registrant will receive TCSG's Adult Guardianship Mediation Manual. This manual can be ordered separately by those unable to attend.

Cancellation Policies:

TCSG and PeaceTalks: In the event of insufficient registrations, TCSG and PeaceTalks reserve the right to cancel up to 30 days prior to the training. In such a case, paid registrants will receive a full refund.

Registrants: If a registrant cancels before April 15, 2004 a refund will be issued minus a $50 administrative fee. After April 15, a refund cannot be issued, although you may send a substitute attendee.

For questions or more information, please contact:
Penny Hommel, TCSG Co-Director
Phone: (734) 665-1126 Email:
Susan Hartman, Peacetalks Co-Owner
(734) 623-8255 Email:

May 16-18, 2004
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Due April 9, 2004

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