Family Mediation Certificate

Whether it’s successfully navigating divorce, child custody or family businesses and estates, your purpose as a mediator is to help people move toward consensual agreement and agreement in the long run.

Learning tools of mediation can help those in careers spanning from law to mental health, education to business. In addition to your career, it can also help you in your personal life by enriching your existing skill set. This certificate is distinguished by its focus on strengthening family functioning in the context of adversity. The foundation can be applied to any process for managing disputes.

UWM’s School of Continuing Education offers a 40-hour Family Mediation Certificate (through a five-day course), that provides the background for conflict resolution services in divorce, custody disputes, separation of never-married or same-gender couples to intact marriages and family businesses and estates. It meets the criteria for Wisconsin Act 355 mediating parenting plans, Wisconsin Association of Mediators Model Standards for Training and received the approval of the Association for Conflict Resolution. The preapproval eliminates delay and eases the application process for designation of Advanced Practitioner.

Earn the certificate by completing the full 40-hour, five-day course.

This program has been reviewed and approved for CLEs and also CEUs, and meets or exceeds the national mediation training standard including the training required by Wisconsin Chapter 767.

New Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling
Wisconsin Supreme Court’s approval of Petition 16-04 allows a mediator who is also an attorney to ethically draft the documents necessary to confirm, memorialize, and implement the agreement in family law cases. The rule went into effect July 1, 2017. Mediation training is necessary.

“Lawyers entering into mediation practice with self-represented clients must learn to both listen and speak in different ways than in traditional representation.”
-Attorney Diane Diel in State Bar of Wisconsin Inside Track, Feb 2017

Community experts are brought into the training sessions to share their knowledge and skills. Past presenters brought in as coaches have been: Attorney Lisa Bangart, Sojourner Peace Center’s Carmen Petre, and a variety of experienced mediators.

This program is approved for Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling & Social Worker accreditation.
Chapter MPSW 19 – Wisconsin


Sue Bronson, M.S.

Sue Bronson, M.S.

Sue is a mediator, trainer and psychotherapist in private practice in Milwaukee, WI since 1983 mediating family and workplace disputes. Sue has over twenty five years mediation experience helping people engage in quality conversations on parenting plans (custody), divorce, disputes ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of the most current research and literature on conflict, its resolution, parenting at separation, and their application to family mediation
  • Ability to build a working relationship and a constructive process to move through impasse with dignity and respect toward resolution
  • Ability to facilitate communication between the parties by using specific skills to address needs, underlying interests, develop clarity around choices and make informed decisions
  • Awareness of appropriate responses when domestic violence or high conflict personalities have been identified
  • Knowledge of standards of practice and how ethical issues are resolved

The training meets all of Association for Conflict Resolution’s 15 outcomes:
Family Mediation Training Learning Outcomes


Sue Bronson – Mediation Instructor | UWM School of Continuing Education

Date: Attend Sept 25-27 and Oct 1-2 to complete the certificate

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sue Bronson M.S.

Fee: $1,395

CEUs: 4.0, CEHs: 40, CLEs: 35

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 7740-11851

Note: Class meets Sept. 25-27 and Oct 1-2, 2019.

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 11

Registration deadline has passed.

Date: Attend March 25-27 and April 6-7 to complete the certificate

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sue Bronson M.S.

Fee: $1,395

CEUs: 4, CLEs: 35

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 7740-12511

Note: Class meets March 25-27 and April 6-7, 2020.

Registration Deadline: Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

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