Elder Decisions®
Lead Trainers

Arline Kardasis
Crystal Thorpe



Guest Experts Have Included

Jeffrey Bloom
Harry Margolis
Elder Law Attorneys
Margolis & Bloom

Steven M. Cohen
Elder Law Attorney
Pabian & Russell, LLC 

William J. Brisk
Elder Law Attorney
Law Office of William J. Brisk


Rebecca Benson
Elder Law Attorney

Emily B. Saltz, LICSW
LifeCare Advocates


Kate Granigan, LICSW
Chief Executive Officer
LifeCare Advocates

Anna Pollard, LICSW
Director of Clinical Services
LifeCare Advocates

Jennifer Pilcher
Ph.D., CMC
Clear Guidance, LLC

Dianne Savastano
BS in Nursing, MBA
Principal of Healthassist

Suzanne Modigliani
Geriatric Care Manager

Susan Lewin
Geriatric Care Manager
Generations, All About Elders

Audrey Zabin
Geriatric Care Manager
AZA Care Management and Home Care

Hon. John Maher (ret.)
Former Admin. Judge
NH Probate Courts

Register Below

 Elder / Adult Family Mediation Training
A Program for Mediators Interested in Serving Elders/Adult Families

October 26, 28, and 30, 2020 - Online  
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (21 Hours)
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM EDT

Approved under Part 146 by the NY State Unified Court System’s
Office of ADR Programs for Additional Mediation Training*

Please inquire about other continuing education credits.

Join Us for Three Days in October

We are excited to bring our flagship training in Elder / Adult Family Mediation online, including the interactive components, guest experts, small group exercises, role plays, and rich discussions that have made it such a positive experience for past participants. Over more than a decade, this course has benefited from the feedback of hundreds of participants who have attended in person, and our first online 3-day program, held in July 2020, was very well received.  

We have prepared this course specifically as an online training designed to foster participant engagement, learning, and connection, and have structured each day to allow for appropriate breaks for the comfort of our class members. Past participants have enjoyed a strong sense of community during our trainings, and this live online event weaves opportunities for connection into its design. We look forward to having you join us.

About the Training

This program teaches mediators specialized skills and techniques for working (both in-person and online) with seniors and adult families facing issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical care, Powers of Attorney / Health Care Proxies / Guardianship / Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, family real estate, and personal property distribution.  Topics and components include:

The Field of Elder / Adult Family Mediation

  • Presenting Issues
  • Common Hurdles
  • Strategies for Intake and Convening Family Members
  • Using Private Caucuses in Advance of Joint Mediation
  • Working with Large, Dispersed Family Groups
  • Managing Multiple Stakeholders and Multiple Issues
  • Including the "Voice" of the Elder
  • Ethical Concerns, Including Capacity, Financial Disclosure, Power Imbalances and More
  • Considerations Regarding Remote Mediation via Videoconferencing

Challenges of Aging

  • Mental & Physical Effects of Aging
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Coping with Loss
  • Caregiving and Aging Families
  • Long Term Care Options for Elders

Legal Planning

  • Planning for Financial Management
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Long-Term Care Costs, and Options for Paying for Care
  • Asset Protection
  • Guardianship and Alternatives

Skill-Building Components

  • Mediating via Zoom Videoconferencing
  • Small Group Exercises
  • Lively, Interactive Presentations
  • Guest Experts in Elder Law and Gerontology
  • Trainers’ "Fishbowl" Demonstration
  • Multi-Party Role Plays Featuring “True-to-Life” Scenarios
  • Extensive Training Manual to Support Your Ongoing Practice

The skills, techniques, and principles discussed in the training are transferable to mediation in other contexts, and past participants have often remarked about the mediation "gems" they have received and "aha moments" they have experienced that have helped deepen their mediation work. 

Registration Fee   $895.  Register early, as our three-day programs have often sold out.  
We welcome and want to support greater diversity in the field, and offer scholarships for Black and BIPOC participants to register at a reduced rate.  Please contact us for more details or mention your interest in the scholarships on the registration form below. 
Additional tuition assistance and/or work study may be available on a limited basis.


"You offered a great training, and one that opened windows both into eldercare practice and your inclusive, evolving approach to mediation. You are trailblazers and I've already thought of ways to incorporate a number of your approaches into certain circumstances that may arise more generally in mediation. So, again, all my gratitude."
     Martin Applebaum, Mediator, Attune Mediation, NYC

"Thank you for an excellent training. The material was comprehensive and the exercises were rich in opportunities for expression and learning."
     Mark Kleiman, Esq.
     Founder, Community Mediation Services, Jamaica, NY

"This exceeded my expectations!  The Elder Decisions® Mediation Training makes a compelling case for why we need to step up to this national challenge and makes it possible for mediators to step into these critical but delicate family conversations.  I got a great return on my investment: information-dense, practical, inspiring -- allowing me to extend my company's services to meet this growing demand."
     Marina A. Piscolish, Ph.D.
     MAPping Change, LLC
     Kailua, Hawaii

“…a fabulous, very enriching training experience that I will always remember.”
     Catherine (Kate) Hannibal, Esq.
     Mediation Works, Inc., Brooklyn, NY

"Usually when one goes to a conference or training it is considered successful if one takes away one memorable piece of information from the whole event. In my case my expectations were higher given that I had a return trip of some 40 hours travelling time. I found all the presenters so knowledgeable and so passionate about their topics that I would have considered the training a huge success had I only been able to listen to any single one of them! This training was an unmitigated success for the organisers and I could not praise their work enough, from choosing their topics to their choice of presenters, this was indeed a formidable and professional effort that they can rightly be very proud of. I will certainly be looking to attend another of their events."
     David Bogan, International Mediation Services, Auckland, New Zealand
     Author of Avoid Retirement & Stay Alive Harper Collins & McGraw Hill 2007
     and What's Keeping You Awake at Night Harper Collins 2010

“Elder Decisions®’ Advanced Elder Mediation Training...was excellent; actually the best I have ever experienced.  It was well organized (and) the subject matter was completely covered.  (This was) the most sequentially programmed and clearly presented (training) I have yet attended.”
     Jane Thayer, Ph.D.
     Mediator, Co-author of Elderescence: The Gift of Longevity
     Martha’s Vineyard, MA

"Thank you all for the excellent program last week - the presentations were excellent, the materials just the type of thing that I will use in the future as a reference tool.  Obviously you have devoted much time, thought, and effort to creating this workshop - your work has paid off for the participants! "
     Jane Beddall, M.A., J.D., Dovetail Resolutions, LLC, New Haven, CT

"The training program was the best I have experienced over the years - so much information to process - I'm still working on it."
     Selma Bengis, Mediator, Cape Cod, MA

"I'm still raving to everyone how valuable I found the training and how I enjoyed all of the presenters."
     Jennifer Weintraub, Attorney/Mediator, New York City


The training will take place via Zoom videoconferencing.  Please contact us at (617) 621-7009 x29, or training@ElderDecisions.com, with questions.


Completion of prior basic mediation training is strongly preferred.  Registrants who have not completed basic mediation training are required to participate in a 90 minute “Introduction to Mediation Tutorial" with Elder Decisions (for an additional fee), and will need to take basic mediation training prior to providing mediation services.  (Contact us for more information and to schedule this tutorial at a mutually convenient time.)

Continuing Education

* This training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System's Office of ADR Programs for 16 hours of Additional Mediation Training.  Please note that:
(1) Pursuant to Part 146, court-based mediation rosters require both a combination of mediation training and experience mediating; 
(2) Acceptance on court rosters depends on a court’s need for mediators at any given time and may include a court’s need for mediators with specific case-type training or experience and mediation experience; 
(3) Final placement on any court roster is in the discretion of the local Administrative Judge. 

* Past trainees have successfully applied for state-specific Continuing Legal Education credits; we are happy to help with these applications (an additional fee may apply).  Please inquire for details.Presented by Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC - A team of experienced mediators who work with seniors and their families to address conflicts that arise in elder care and family decision-making.  If you are interested in this training or future trainings, please call (617) 621-7009 x29, email training@ElderDecisions.com, or register below.

Cancellation Policy  

Registrant Cancellations:  The registration fee includes non-refundable deposit of $250.  If a registrant cancels by the Refund Cancellation Deadline (see schedule below), a refund minus $250.00 will be issued.  After this date, refunds will not be issued, although you may send a substitute attendee who meets the course prerequisites.

Elder Decisions Cancellations:  We reserve the right to cancel this training by the Elder Decisions® Cancellation Deadline (see schedule below).  Registrants will be notified by email of cancellation in such case, and full refunds will be issued. If a training is cancelled or rescheduled after this deadline due to circumstances beyond our reasonable control, registrants are entitled to transfer the registration to a future program within 12 months.  Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC, shall not be responsible for any other loss incurred by the registrant as a result of a cancellation or reschedule.

Training Dates Refund Cancellation Deadline
(for refunds minus $250 non-refundable deposit; after this date refunds will not be issued)
Elder Decisions® Cancellation

October 26, 28, & 30, 2020                            

October 5, 2020

October 7, 2020

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