Providing Education and Consulting Services to Enhance Career and Life

In partnership with Linda Yellin, LMSW and Feet On The Street Tours

Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier Eastern Market Walking Tours

Saturdays, July 22, August 5, August 26, September 16, 2017 and Tuesdays, June 13, July 25, August 8, September 12, 2017

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

2.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $29.00

9:15 am - meet inside Rocky's to check-in; 2489 Russell Street, Detroit, 48207 (across from Shed 2)

Presenter: Linda Yellin, LMSW

For more information or to register, contact Feet On The Street Tours at 313-393-2055 or visit http://www.enjoythed.com/index.php/tours/upcoming-tours

Participants will increase their awareness of the market district and efforts for expansion of the buy local food processing/distribution efforts, as well as the master plan for bike paths and trails to connect the waterfront with midtown and Eastern Market.  The tour will introduce participants to, and help expand their knowledge of, vendors, their products, and unique foods.  Participants will explore the "immigrant experience" of some vendors and shop keepers and how that impacts Detroit and the region.  The tour will increase participants' sensitivity of cultural and ethnic diversity and help to expand knowledge of community gardens and products to increase health.


In Partnership with Mediation Services

Holland Domestic Relations Mediation Training, August 2017

August 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mediation Services, Courthouse Square, 68 West 8th Street, Suite 220, Holland, MI  49423

32.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Workers (MICEC)

Course fee: $75 volunteers, $895 non-volunteers + $110 CE Fee

Presenter: Brian A. Pappas, Ph.D., LL.M., J.D., M.P.P.

For more information or to register, contact Mediation Services at 616-399-1600 or www.mediationservices.works

Mediation is a voluntary process in which two or more parties involved in a dispute, work with an impartial party, a mediator, with the goal of communicating and exploring mutually acceptable options, or express their opinions.  Mr. Pappas teaches a facilitative-based model that focuses on the self-determination of the disputing parties by following a specific process made up of distinct stages.  Participants must attend and participate in the required 40 hours of training, in addition to 8 hours of domestic violence screening training to qualify for being an approved SCAO domestic relations mediator.


In Partnership with Mediation Services

Domestic Violence Screening Protocol Training

Monday, August 14, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mediation Services, Courthouse Square, 68 West 8th Street, Suite 220, Holland, MI  49423

6.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $125 Registration Fee + $25 CE Fee

Presenter: Veronica Tobar Thronson, J.D.

For more information or to register, contact Mediation Services at 616-399-1600 or www.MediationServices.Works

This is a domestic violence screening for mediators, that looks at all the aspects of domestic violence, specifically dynamics, causes of domestic violence, cross cultural issues, lethality analysis, emotional responses to domestic violence, navigating the court system, behavior of abusers, domestic violence and the impact on children, and child abuse and neglect.  


Veronica Tobar Thronson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law through direct client representation in a well supervised and academically rigorous program with a broad and diverse docket of cases before administrative agencies, Immigration Court, state courts, and appellate courts. Clients include unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, victims of domestic violence, family based immigration petitioners, asylum seekers, and naturalization applicants. Students engage in policy research, resource development, community outreach and systemic advocacy on issues related to immigration. Thronson routinely conducts trainings for attorneys and judges, and was appointed to the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2012. In 2015 she became expert faculty with the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, Family Law Attorneys Community of Practice.  From 2002 to 2010, Thronson was the Directing Attorney of the Domestic Violence Project at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she practiced in the areas of family and immigration law. She also taught Community Property as an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Previously, Thronson served as the Director of Training and Legal Services at the New York Immigration Coalition, a non-profit umbrella advocacy organization for over 200 groups in New York that work with immigrants, refugees, and asylees. At the Coalition, Thronson developed community outreach materials and programs, and conducted training for advocates and attorneys on immigration and benefits laws and their impact on immigrant communities. She also appeared bi-weekly on an internationally broadcast program of Univision providing information on current immigration law, benefits law and immigrant-related topics and was a regular commentator for other local and national newspapers and radio programs on these topics.  Thronson has served on numerous boards and task forces. Currently, she is a core faculty member of the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, a board member of the Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement and co-chair of the Domestic Violence Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, she is a Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Trainer approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution at the Michigan State Court Administrative Office.  In 2006, the Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force honored Thronson with its S.T.A.R. award, created to honor an individual for stellar work on behalf of victims. In 2009, Thronson received the Louis Wiener Service Award, given to an advocate who has made substantial contributions in representing victims. In 2014, Thronson received the Michigan State University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and in 2015, the Immigration Law Clinic received the Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award. Thronson is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Michigan.


In Partnership with Oakland Mediation Center

There are CE fees in addition to general registration fees

Location: Oakland Mediation Center - 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

To learn more about, or register for, OMC trainings, visit www.mediation-omc.org or contact Lindsay Gabbard at 248-338-4280 x214 or lgabbard@mediation-omc.org 

How Mediation Training Benefits Social Workers

The communication, facilitation and negotiation skills of a mediator are valuable and transferable to Social Workers.  Oakland Mediation Center asked past Social Work training attendees to share how they have used mediation training in their practice and this is what they shared:

Katherine Morgan a practicing Social Worker...As a Social Worker practicing in the field I use mediation skills daily to assist with program development, task delegation, employee retention efforts and positive conflict resolution to de-escalate concerns.  Mediation skills allow me the ability to better organize conversations with community members in order to create impactful outcomes and models of program delivery.

Susan Konop a retired Social Worker...The training reinforces good listening skills, maintaining neutrality and ways to re-frame situations to help the clients come to a resolution.  The training also increased self-awareness and helped with values clarification.  I think the training includes many skills used and needed for Social Workers and takes them into a new arena and offers depth and enhancement to skills they have.  Another plus is the incredible teacher and teaching techniques and excellent materials used to communicate and teach the skills.  It was definitely a 5 star experience!  


General Civil Mediator Training

July 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center – 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

36.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Workers (MICEC)

Course fee: $1,195 Registration Fee + $140 CE Fee

Presenters: Dayna Harper, Ed.D, Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

For more information or to register, contact Lindsay Gabbard at lgabbard@mediation-omc.org or 248-338-4280 x214

This 5-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody issues. This training is the first step for any individual who wishes to learn the skills of a mediator, mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Michigan Supreme Court, approved General Civil Mediation Training Participants will receive a detailed mediation manual, jump-drive containing reproducible mediation forms, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.  


Conflict Management in Special Education

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:00am -12:00pm, Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 1:00pm- 5:00pm, Friday, November 3, 2017 from 8:00am -12:00pm, Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

4.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Workers (MICEC)

Course fee: $15 CE Fee

Presenter: Megan Dennis

When planning for children with special needs, it is crucial that IEP Team meetings go well. This highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP Team effectively manage conflict prior to, during and after the IEP meetings.


Basic Conflict Resolution Workshop

Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center – 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

6.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $149 Registration Fee + $25 CE Fee

Presenters: Dayna Harper, Ed.D, Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This highly interactive one-day training is specifically designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to communicate and manage conflict effectively. This training is ideal for any adult in the school, business or community sector looking to enhance their communication and conflict management skills.


Domestic Relations Mediator Training & Domestic Violence Screening Training

Fridays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center – 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

45.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $ OMC Fee + $140 CE fee

Presenters: Charity Burke, Dayna Harper, Ed.D., Marcia Scott

This 6-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody issues. This training is the first step for any individual who wishes to learn the skills of a mediator, mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Michigan Supreme Court, approved Domestic Relations Mediation Training & required Domestic Violence Screening Training for Mediators (Domestic Violence Screening Training may be purchased separately). Participants will receive a detailed mediation manual, jump-drive containing reproducible mediation forms, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.


Domestic Violence Screening Training

Friday, September 29, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

7.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $295 + $25 CE fee

Presenters: Dayna Harper, Ed.D., Marcia Scott

This 1-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach the Domestic Violence Screening Protocol for Mediators. Participants will receive the most recent version of the State Court Administrator’s guidelines; Domestic Violence Screening Training for Mediators of Domestic Relations Conflicts, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.


General Civil Mediator Training

Tuesdays, November 14, 21, 28, December 5, and 12, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center – 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

36.0 CE Clock Hours for Social Workers (MICEC)

Course fee: Prior to October 14, 2017: $1,095 Registration Fee + $140 CE Fee; October 15-November 14, 2017: $1,195 Registration Fee + $140 CE Fee

Presenters: Dayna Harper, Ed.D, Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

For more information or to register, contact Lindsay Gabbard at lgabbard@mediation-omc.org or 248-338-4280 x214

This 5-day, highly interactive training is designed to teach participants the skills necessary to act as mediators in facilitating the resolution of divorce and custody issues. This training is the first step for any individual who wishes to learn the skills of a mediator, mediate privately or qualify for the circuit court roster approved list of mediators. The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), Michigan Supreme Court, approved General Civil Mediation Training Participants will receive a detailed mediation manual, jump-drive containing reproducible mediation forms, certificate of attendance, as well as breakfast, lunch and refreshments.


Basic Conflict Resolution Workshop

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oakland Mediation Center – 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302

6.5 CE Clock Hours for Social Work (MICEC)

Course fee: $149 Registration Fee + $25 CE Fee

Presenters: Dayna Harper, Ed.D, Charity Burke, Megan Dennis

This highly interactive one-day training is specifically designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to communicate and manage conflict effectively. This training is ideal for any adult in the school, business or community sector looking to enhance their communication and conflict management skills.