SOWK 556 - Divorce and Family Mediation

  • 3 credits
  • Online

This course begins by presenting an overview of family mediation and dispute resolution and the more specific field of divorce and child custody mediation and continues with knowledge areas necessary to practice divorce and child custody mediation including family dynamics, children in divorce, mediating parenting plans, divorce mediation and the law, assets and property division and special issues such as unmarried parents, domestic violence and cultural concerns. This is a theory- and practice-based course that combines the presentation and analysis of mediation cases with student interactive role-playing sessions. Each role play provides a unique divorce or family scenario with common impasses encountered in mediation.

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SOWK 551 (Fundamentals of Mediation).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Divorce and Family Mediation (2004)
    Folberg, J., Milne, A., & Salem, P.
  • The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Kids Can Thrive (2006)
    Emery, R.

Specific textbook information will be emailed to enrolled students two weeks prior to the start of class. Students should have all required texts/materials by the start of class. Books can be purchased through, the CSU bookstore, or a bookstore of choice.

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