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This 40-hour training program (830AM – 6PM each of the five days of class) combines lecture, discussion, and a heavy emphasis on role-playing to promote comprehensive understanding and practical skills development for the mediator selected/ordered to mediate a circuit civil action. Among the topics covered:

Negotiation SkillsDealing with Attorneys in Mediation
Court ProcessesMediating in Difficult Situations
Mediation CommunicationDrafting Mediated Settlement Agreements
Mediator Ethics & ConfidentialityMediator Certification and Discipline
Dealing with Pro Se ParticipantsRunning a Mediation Practice

This course has been approved by the Florida Bar (Course No. 2100082N) for 49.0 CLE credits, including 5.0 hours of Ethics and 1.0 hours of Bias Elimination: which would allow you to complete almost your entire CLE requirement (other than Technology CLE) in one week!

About The Trainers

Christopher M. Shulman is a Federal, Circuit Civil, Family, and County Mediator and an Approved Circuit Civil and County Primary Mediation Trainer. Having conducted more than 3600 mediations, he has earned a wealth of practical knowledge mediating in a large variety of subject matter areas. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 20 years and teaches various ADR courses as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law. Chris has spoken at most of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s conferences for the past 16 years, as well as at many private ADR seminars. A Member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Chris has served two 4-year terms on the Florida Supreme Court Mediator Ethics and Advisory Committee, completed his second 4-year term on the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on ADR Rules and Policy in June 2020, and currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board, where he has served as Chair of the Qualifications Inquiry Committee.

With over 25 years in business, Brenda Evans’ experience includes adult education through corporate training and corporate award-winning recognition for repeated successful change management – helping lead people through life and career transitions.  As a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, Circuit, and County Mediator, she now leverages her award-winning skills to help parties navigate the mediation process and, as an Approved Circuit and County Primary Trainer and an Approved Assistant Family Trainer, she utilizes her training experience to help people transition into careers as mediators.

Training Location

We will hold the training by Zoom Videoconference.  There is no additional cost to participate in this fashion.  To participate, you will not need a Zoom account, but you will need to download the Zoom client software (app), available at  Please be sure to familiarize yourself with its use prior to the class.  For further questions and training about use of Zoom, go to

  • Once you have registered, you will receive Zoom conference login information. 
  • Please login 5-10 minutes early, to allow time to work through any technical issues.
  • If you experience difficulty logging in on the day of class, please call our office at 813.935.9922.

“The Fine Print”

Trainee cancellations more than two weeks prior to the class start date will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee, unless applied towards tuition for the next subsequent training; trainee cancellations on less notice (including, without limitation, failure to attend class) will be subject to a 100% cancellation fee; requests for waiver of the cancellation fee due to emergency will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Attendance substitutions are permitted up to one day prior to the start date of the session. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per course. Less than minimum enrollment may lead to postponement; registration fees previously collected will be applied towards the next training offered or a refund will be granted without penalty.

Special Note about Circuit Civil Mediation Certification Requirements:

NOTE: The Florida Supreme Court has mandatory requirements which must be met by a person applying for certification as a mediator.  In addition to completing a Florida Supreme Court certified mediation training program, the applicant must possess sufficient education (which may include graduate level degrees or certificates for circuit civil mediator certification) and experience, complete the required mentorship obligations, and demonstrate good moral character.  The specific requirements are contained in rules 10.100, Certification Requirements, and 10.105, Point System Categories, Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators as well as in Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Florida.  This information is in the document How to Become A Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Step By Step Guide which is available at, Dispute Resolution, Information for Providers and Legal Professionals, Certification Qualifications (pdf).

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