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)
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 Amazon.com, the CSU bookstore, or a bookstore of choice.
Holly Panetta is an attorney who works primarily with families and children in Colorado. She provides mediation services and is routinely court-appointed as a Child and Family Investigator ("CFI") to make recommendations regarding allocation of parental responsibilities. She previously served as director of the Office of Dispute Resolution and as the Court Programs Manager for the State Court Administrator's Office.
In addition to "Families in the Legal Environment,"Holly Panetta also teaches mediation and public policy courses for the CSU School of Social Work.
Holly Panetta attended law school at the University of Denver and received her Juris Doctor in 2003. She holds a Master's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, both from Colorado State University.