Continuing Mediator Education

We have developed two extraordinary 2013 CME Seminars, "Cultivating Dialogue" and "Optimizing the Process".  We’re offering these programs in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando [9:00am to 5:00pm] and in Boca Raton [9:30am to 5:30pm].  The registration fee for each Seminar is $195.00. Here's the 2013 schedule:

  • January 25, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • March 15, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • March 22, 2013 [Orlando]
  • May 3, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • May 31, 2013 [Orlando]
  • June 14, 2013 [Boca Raton]
  • August 2, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • September 6, 2013 [Orlando]
  • October 4, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • November 15, 2013 [Orlando]
  • November 22, 2013 [Boca Raton]
  • December 13, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]

For information on how to register at each location and for program topics please scroll down the page. First, we invite you to read what participants are saying about our CME programs.



CME Alumni Quotables

On behalf of all serious students everywhere, and on behalf of all who want to increase their "quiver of arrows" in mediation, thank you for a wonderful informative seminar [Critical Thinking] filled with practical suggestions for generating movement and breaking impasse.  I wish all mediation seminars were like yours. I can listen to CME tapes all day long and rarely do I get even 1/8th  of the useful practical tidbits you provided. I am an experienced mediator and I truly picked up a lot from you in one day.

Franklin J. Siegel, Esquire
Franklin J. Siegel, P.A.
Miami, FL

After 27 years as a mediator and 34 years as an attorney, I am pretty jaded about seminars - especially seminars by academic mediators without a litigation background.  I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied by your presentation of Strategic Choices.  The content was great, even where the subjects were dull.  Your humor, your insights as a businessman, as an attorney and as a mediator and your ability to engage the audience were all outstanding.  For my money you are the best in the mediation training business.

Sam Crosby, Esquire
Central Florida Mediation Group, LLC
Lakeland, FL


Mediator Predicaments is solely responsible for avoiding a potential claim against me as a Court appointed mediator in an estate matter. I was comfortable with the candid discussions amongst the attorneys on the record and the Court's order disclosing my former association with one of the attorneys involved. However, the potential problem was with the litigants, not the attorneys, in this highly emotional family dispute involving lots of money. The subsequent mediator described the parties as unreasonable who were grumbling loudly about their lawyers. It is very easy to understand the headache I've avoided due to this course. Thank you again.

Also, having now attended your 3rd mediation course, nothing in this area of the country compares to the professional and practical elements that you provide to a successful and growing mediation practice. Please keep me on the mailing list.

David L. Vish, Esquire
Louisville, KY

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Advancing the Profession CME Seminar.  I have attended numerous CME seminars for CME credit, but none have even approached the level of information and "hot tips" that yours did.  I truly obtained more benefit from your seminar than any other seminar I have attended in the past.  The seminar provided an excellent mix of your presentation and audience interaction.  You are truly the "guru" of Florida mediators.

Steven L. Berzner, Esquire
Steven L. Berzner, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Perry Itkin's CME Seminar Masterful Mediation is outstanding.  Both informative and entertaining, Perry is a consummate professional.  I received valuable insight, perspective and up to the minute information.  I highly recommend Perry's CME seminars to anyone in need of CME or seeking generally to improve his or her mediation knowledge and skills.

Gary A. Dumas, Esquire
Gary A. Dumas, P.A.
Miami, FL

My practice involves large complex civil actions and probate and trust litigation. I have been a certified Circuit Court Civil Mediator since 1995.  This was the first mediation seminar [CPR for Your Mediation Practice] which had any substance and educational value to me. You were an excellent teacher and moderator and the content of your program was very informative and thought-provoking.  The problem is that some people put on “touchy feely” seminars that serve no useful purpose in informing lawyer-mediators of pending changes in the law, ethical opinions, malpractice problems, and mediation case law.  Your seminar was not like most of these, and I am grateful for it.  I will gladly attend another one.

James L. S. Bowdish, Esquire
Crary, Buchanan, Bowdish, Bovie,
Beres, Elder & Thomas, Chartered
Stuart, FL


Your seminar Hidden Challenges was truly interesting and enjoyable.  You gave great new insight into how to be a better mediator and refreshed the underlying principles of mediation.  I learned how better to protect myself and participating attorneys against subsequent challenge to the mediation process/agreement.  Over the last 13 years as a full-time mediator I've suffered through many hours of mandatory CME.  Now I understand why a Jacksonville attorney also attended even though he satisfied his CME requirement at your seminar last year.  Your courses will be my only choice for future CME seminars.  I will regularly visit your blog on Florida Mediator now that I realize it's written by someone with good sense.
Georganne DeLaughter, Esquire
Ormond Beach, FL

We felt compelled to write to express how much we enjoyed the Advancing the Profession CME seminar.  Your program is absolutely the best, bar none, of any we have taken since becoming certified County Court mediators in 2003.  We will recommend you and your CME seminars to our colleagues and look forward to participating in future CME seminars that you host.  Please accept our sincere thanks for providing an intellectually stimulating, informative and timely program.

Kelly Lonergan
Ted Turner

Turner Corporation
Osterville, MA


My wife and I were trained by Perry as Mediators and have also taken his CME courses.  We have found Perry to be consistently the most organized and professional trainer of all those we have taken courses with.  His materials are not only up-to-date and current with the changing Supreme Court CME requirements, but he also makes the learning process interesting and enjoyable.  We highly recommend Perry's courses in both respects: mediator training and CME.

Jeff and Ruth Barnes
International Mediation Associates, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL

I recently attended Perry Itkin’s Exploring Problem Solving Frontiers CME Seminar.  Perry’s relaxed but informative style, coupled with his many years of mediation experience, both stimulated my thinking, and renewed my passion for mediation and its infinite possibilities for resolving conflict.  In addition to surveying the emerging case law, he gave us practical, wise advice for avoiding impasse, empowering parties, and dealing with the many forms of domestic violence.  This was time well spent.  Perry Itkin is the “Thinking Person’s Mediation Trainer.”


Diane M. Van Ness, Esquire
Diane
M. Van Ness, P.A.
Miami, FL

 

Cultivating Dialogue

Seminar Dates
  • January 25, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • March 22, 2013 [Orlando]
  • May 3, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • September 6, 2013 [Orlando]
  • October 4, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • November 22, 2013 [Boca Raton]

Course Topics

  • Nonverbal Intelligence: Decoding Silent Language
  • Moving Through Impasse: Uncovering Resistance
  • Impact of Domestic Violence: Fear and Communication
  • Ethical Crossroads: Lawyers as Mediators
  • Mediators as Defendants - Seriously?!?
  • Recent MEAC Opinions Analyzed
  • Current Legal & Ethical Developments in Mediation

CME/CLE/CEU Course Credits

  • CME: This Seminar is eligible for up to 8.0 CME hours, including 5.0 hours in Ethics, 2.0 hours in Domestic Violence and 1.0 hours in Cultural Diversity.
  • CLE: The Florida Bar has approved this program for 8.0 CLER hours and 5.0 Ethics credits.
  • CEU: The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling has approved this program for 8.0 CE credits [Provider Number BAP #814, Exp. 3/2013].
  • CEU: The Florida Board of Psychology has approved this program for 8.0 CE credits.

Mediators are required to self report those hours applicable to their areas of certification at the time of their renewal. For more information on the CME requirement, click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below.

Seminar Tuition: $195.00


Optimizing the Process

Seminar Dates
  • March 15, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • May 31, 2013 [Orlando]
  • June 14, 2013 [Boca Raton]
  • August 2, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]
  • November 15, 2013 [Orlando]
  • December 13, 2013 [Fort Lauderdale]

Course Topics

  • Mistakes Mediators Make: The Top 10!
  • Conflicts of Interest: What's the Problem?
  • Domestic Violence: Building Cognition
  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes
  • Avoiding Cross-Cultural Impasses
  • Anatomy of the Opening Statement
  • Lessons from the Field

CME/CLE/CEU Course Credits

  • CME: This Seminar is eligible for up to 8.0 CME hours, including 5.0 hours in Ethics, 2.0 hours in Domestic Violence and 1.0 hours in Cultural Diversity.
  • CLE: The Florida Bar is expected to approve this program for 8.0 CLER hours and 5.0 Ethics credits.
  • CEU: The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling has approved this program for 8.0 CE credits [Provider Number BAP #814, Exp. 3/2013].
  • CEU: The Florida Board of Psychology has approved this program for 8.0 CE credits.

Mediators are required to self report those hours applicable to their areas of certification at the time of their renewal. For more information on the CME requirement, click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below.

Seminar Tuition: $195.00




How To Register for Fort Lauderdale Seminars


To download and print a registration form for "Cultivating Dialogue", click on the link Program Information and Registration Form.

To download and print a registration form for "Optimizing the Process", click on the link Program Information and Registration Form.

Seminar Location

These Seminars are presented at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314 which is easily accessible from I-95, I-595, the Florida Turnpike and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Here's a map showing the location.



How To Register for Boca Raton Seminars


To download and print a registration form for "Optimizing the Process", click on the link Program Information and Registration Form.

To download and print a registration form for "Cultivating Dialogue", click on the link Program Information and Registration Form.


Seminar Location

These Seminars are presented at the Spanish River Library, 1501 NW Spanish River Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33431 which is easily accessible from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. 



How To Register for Orlando Seminars


To download and print a registration form for "Cultivating Dialogue", click on the link  Program Information and Registration Form.

To download and print a registration form for "Optimizing the Process", click on the link Program Information and Registration Form.

Seminar Location

Orlando seminars are presented at Barry University Law School located on East Colonial Drive [here's a map showing the Law School location] and at Nova Southeastern University located on Millenia Boulevard [here's a map showing the NSU location].  Both are easily accessible from the Florida Turnpike, I-4 and the Orlando International Airport.



CME Reporting Form

All certified mediators must meet the CME reporting requirements and, upon renewal, submit a CME Reporting Form [PDF] which you can download here.

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] about Continuing Mediator Education [CME] - valuable and practical information for you.