Elder Mediation Training

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently adopted new Orphans’ Court Rules that include a provision for mediation. The new statewide Orphans’ Court Rules will became effective on 9/1/2016. This comprehensive mediator training program is appropriate for mediators who want to refresh their basic mediation skills while adding elder and estates issues to their repertoire, and estates and elder law attorneys who want to learn to mediate or represent clients in mediation. The trainers use a combination of role-play, lecture, simulation, discussion and videotapes of actual mediation. The curriculum will include process skills, how elder mediation supports older adults, their families and caregivers as they engage in difficult conversations about issues that occur as a result of life cycle events, changes in physical and cognitive status, and/or loss often associated with aging; and techniques and issues specifically related to estates and trust administration: 

  • Introduction to Conflict Theory
  • Mediator styles, skills and techniques
  • Confidentiality
  • Mediator neutrality, impartiality & conflicts of interest
  • Conflicts Associated with Aging
  • Sensitivity to the Aging Process
  • Aging Biases and the Mediation Process
  • Intake and Convening
  • Selecting an Appropriate Process
  • Inter-generational Family Dynamics
  • Capacity Issues and Accommodations
  • Screening for Elder Abuse
  • Use of Support Persons and Advocates
  • Facilitating Family Decision-Making
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Multi-party family decision-making process
  • Powers of attorney 
  • Wills and trusts 
  • Estate administration

This workshop meets the draft core training objectives set forth by the Elder Mediation Training Work Group (EMTWG), a national committee that has been working. 


Barbara Foxman  is a licensed Clinical Social worker and a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of children adolescents, adults and EAP cases and a mediator specializing in elder mediation, family, divorce and EEOC matters.  She is a trainer in the field of elder mediation and conflict resolution in the healthcare community. Ms. Foxman has presented workshops on Values and Ethics for Social Workers working in health care and with the elderly, ethical standards for mediators practicing elder mediation, and conflict resolution for addiction counselors. She has also spoken on areas of loss, bereavement and emotions for court custody mediation programs.

Sue Wasserkrug, Esq., Good Shepherd Mediation Program Mediation Coordinator

Cheryl Cutrona, Esq., Good Shepherd Mediation Program Executive Director

Workshop/Event Date(s)

  • May 16, 2018 - May 18, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day

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