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The voice of the child in family mediation with David Hoffman - Christchurch

20 June 2017

Time: 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

$175 FDR Providers (earlybird)
$225 FDR Providers (after earlybird)
$95 FDR Provider (travel subsidised)
$400 Non-FDR Provider

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About the Voice of the Child in Family Mediation

Based on his 25 years of training family mediators and his extensive practice in family mediation, David Hoffman will provide an overview of the many ways in which children’s voices, needs, and interests are considered in the mediation process in the United States. In addition, he will present the Internal Family Systems model as a tool for separating the preferences of parents from the preferences of their children. This one-day seminar will provide mediators with specific tools and options for ensuring the voice of the child is included in every mediation in a manner that is appropriate for their age and developmental stage. In addition to David’s perspective of how this issue affects mediation in the United States, the seminar will also include discussion of how this issue has been addressed in New Zealand.

This interactive seminar will include discussion and role-playing.

David A. Hoffman

David A. Hoffman is a mediator, arbitrator, and Collaborative Law attorney at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. He is past chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators.

He is on the faculty at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law and teaches three courses there: Mediation; Diversity and Dispute Resolution; and Legal Profession: Collaborative Law. He also teaches the five-day Advanced Mediation course for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is the co-editor (with Daniel Bowling) of Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (Jossey Bass 2003).

Respected family mediator and counsellor, David Robinson will lead the discussion on how the voice of the child is addressed in New Zealand.