Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training
October 17-19, 2005

Space is Limited. Register by September 16, 2005 Deadline.

The Center for Social Gerontology and PeaceTalks present the Ninth Annual Adult Guardianship/Family Caregiver Mediation Training on October 17-19, 2005 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 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. PeaceTalks provides services to families, workplace groups, schools, religious organizations, and community groups.

About the Trainers

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

Zena Zumeta, J.D., Principal, Mediation & Training Consultation Institute and Collaborative Workplace. Former President, Academy of Family Mediators; former SPIDR board member, and nationally known family mediation trainer.

Eleanor Crosby Lanier, J.D., Consulting Attorney for TCSG's caregiver mediation project. Teaches mediation and law and aging at Univeristy of Georgia School of Law and is recognized nationally for her contributions to the field.

Penelope Hommel, M.Sc., TCSG Co-Director. Ms. Hommel pioneered the conceptualization (1988), development, and evaluation of guardianship/caregiver mediation.

Who should attend?

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Course Content



Monday October 17 through Wednesday October 19, 2005. The program will run from 9:30-5:30 on Monday, 8:30-5:30 on Tuesday, and 8:30-1:00 on Wednesday.


The training will be held at the Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. Conference Room Rate is $89+ tax for single or double occupancy. To assure this rate, you must reserve by September 25, 2005. 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 September 16, 2005. For registrations received by September 16 the fee is $450. Continental breakfast and snacks are included. For Registrations received after September 16, 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: We reserve the right to cancel the training for insufficient registration and cannot be held responsible for airfare expenses or other travel costs. Registrants will be notified by email of cancellation by September 20, 2005. In such case, full refunds will be issued.

Registrants: If a registrant cancels before September 16, 2005 a full refund will be issued. After September 16, 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
(734) 623-8255 Email:

October 17-19, 2005
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Due September 16, 2005

Check one:

  • Trained Mediator
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    Registration Fees:
  • $450 fee enclosed (rec'd by 9/16/05 deadline)

  • $500 fee enclosed (rec'd after 9/16/05 deadline)

  • Please mail form and payment (payable to The Center for Social Gerontology) to:

    2307 Shelby Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103