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Registration Due September 1, 2009

Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver Mediation Training
October 1-3, 2009


Registration is now open for The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)‘s Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver Mediation Training, to be held this year from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To jump to registration information including the Registration Form, please click here.

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 in family caregiver decision-making, 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.

Who should attend?

This three-day advanced training is designed for trained, experienced mediators who wish to expand their practice to include mediation of issues or disputes that arise when guardianship over an adult is being considered, and/or when elders and their families are confronted with extremely difficult decisions regarding the care of a vulnerable family member which can easily lead to family conflict

You should attend this training if you are a trained/experienced mediator who--

·       would like to obtain the knowledge and skills to be able to handle adequately these important, complex, multi-party cases,  or

·       wants to establish high-quality, adult guardianship / family caregiver mediation services which emphasize safeguarding elders' autonomy and rights and protecting the voices of older persons in mediation.

The training is also of value to judges, court administrators, and others considering or involved in establishing adult guardianship / Conservatorship mediation programs in their states or local jurisdictions, and a limited number of spots are reserved for these professionals.

Course Content

The training curriculum will address issues such as:

·       Mediation Preparation and Process

o      Referral, Intake, & Screening

o      Appropriate/Inappropriate Cases

o      Ability of Parties to Mediate

o      Role of Attorneys and Other Advocates

o      Generating Options

o      Identifying Common Issues

o      Mediation Skills & Techniques

o      Family Dynamics

·       Ethical Issues

o      Ensuring that the Older/Vulnerable Person Has a Voice

o      Protecting Respondent Rights in Guardianship/Caregiver Cases

o      Elder Abuse

o      Confidentiality

·       Guardianship Law & Practice and Alternatives to Guardianship

·       Working with Older/Vulnerable Persons Likely to Be Involved in These Cases

·       Setting Up and Operating a Quality Guardianship/Caregiver Mediation Program

About the Trainers

Penelope A. Hommel, M.Sc., Co-Director of The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc.  Ms. Hommel pioneered the conceptualization (1988), development, and evaluation of guardianship / family caregiver mediation.

Robert J. Rhudy, J.D., Consulting Attorney for TCSG and President & Executive Director of Senior Mediation and Decision-Making, Inc. (SMDM). He is also a Tri-Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s new section, Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution. Mr. Rhudy is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, and consultant to many non-profits and government agencies. He has worked on such issues as legal aid and access to justice, poverty law, and mediation throughout his career.

Carolyn J. Rodis, J.D., M.A Director of Training for SMDM, is a certified mediator who focuses on senior and family mediation and facilitation. She is also a Tri-Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s new section, Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution. Ms. Rodis has been an active trainer and presenter for mediators and elder service providers since 2001.  She was a co-trainer for TCSG the last time this training was offered.  She currently teaches aging-related courses at Anne Arundel Community College.

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 in the late 1980s, and has since pioneered its use with courts, mediators and the aging network. More recently, efforts have expanded to family caregiver mediation. In February 2006, TCSG convened a National Mini-Summit to address issues and concerns regarding Elder Mediation.


When: TCSG’s 20-Hour training will be held from Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3, 2009. The course will run from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 am through 4:00 pm on Saturday. A reception will also be held on the evening of Thursday, October 1, 2009, so please add to your calendar to meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 5:45 pm for transportation to the reception. A continental breakfast, a morning food break, and an afternoon food break are included. Additional information will be sent with the registration materials.


Where/Room Reservations: The training will be held at the Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan located at 3600 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Room Rate for the training is $92 + tax for some single and double occupancy rooms. A limited block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn under The Center for Social Gerontology’s name for the nights of Wed., Sept.  30; Thurs., Oct. 1; and Fri., Oct. 2.  Rooms are first come, first serve, although TCSG does not anticipate any problems with room reservations. You must reserve your room by Wednesday, September 9, 2009 to guarantee the special training rate. Please call the Holiday Inn at  (734) 769-9800 to reserve your room and be sure to mention the TCSG group.


Transportation: Ann Arbor is served by the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Information about airport and local transportation will be sent with registration materials. If you have additional travel questions, please contact TCSG’s Brooke McCreary Fajardo for more information. *Please see TCSG’s cancellation policy below


Registration and Costs

Costs and Deadline: Deadline for Registration is Tuesday, September 1, 2009.  For registrations received by September 1, 2009, the fee is $675.  A continental breakfast, a morning food break, and an afternoon food break are included.  For registrations received after September 1, 2009, the fee is $775; these will be accepted on a space-available basis.


Materials: Each registrant will receive TCSG's Adult Guardianship Mediation Manual and a packet of Supplemental Materials.  The manual can be ordered separately by those unable to attend.


Cancellation Policy:

TCSG reserves 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 1, 2009. In such case, a full refund of the registration fee will be issued.

Registrants: If a registrant cancels before September 1, 2009, a full refund of the registration fee will be issued. After September 1, 2009, a refund cannot be issued, although you may send a substitute attendee.

Registration Form and Payment

Due September 1, 2009: Please click here to download an interactive Registration Form for TCSG’s 2009 Adult Guardianship / Family Caregiver Mediation Training to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan from October 1 through October 3, 2009.


Please email, fax, or mail the completed registration form to Brooke McCreary Fajardo using the information provided below.


Payment should be mailed to The Center for Social Gerontology. Checks and money orders are TCSG’s accepted payment methods and should be made payable to The Center for Social Gerontology. Please mail your check or money order to: TCSG Mediation Training, c/o Brooke McCreary, 2307 Shelby Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Your registration will not be complete until payment is received.


For questions or more information, please contact:

Brooke McCreary Fajardo, TCSG Program Assistant

2307 Shelby Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 665-1126    Fax: 734 665-2071    Email:

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Last updated July 2, 2009.