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SOWK 556 - Divorce and Family Mediation

  • 3 credits

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.

Learn more about how the course is delivered.


SOWK 551 (Fundamentals of Mediation)

Important Information

Students will need a Webcam with a microphone and speakers installed and properly working before class begins.

Textbooks and Materials

For textbook information please contact Evan Lowe.


Holly Panetta
Holly Panetta

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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.