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Training Summary

This 24-hour training program combines lecture, discussion, and role-playing to promote comprehensive understanding and practical skills development for the mediator selected/ordered to mediate a county action. Among the topics and subject matter covered:

Negotiation SkillsDealing with Attorneys in Mediation
Court ProcessesDeveloping Options for Mutual Gain
Mediation CommunicationMediating in Difficult Situations
Mediator Ethics & ConfidentialityDrafting Mediated Settlement Agreements
Dealing with Pro Se (i.e., Unrepresented) ParticipantsMediator Certification and Discipline

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 almost 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, is completing his second four-year term on the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on ADR Rules and Policy, 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 18 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.

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