All Mediator Training Courses offered by Consensus Professional Development, LLC comply with and are approved by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission of the Tennessee Supreme Court, as well as the Tennessee Commission for Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Our courses are prepared and developed by Dr. Clay Phillips (TSC Rule 31 Listed Family and General Civil Mediator, Specially Trained in Domestic Violence Issues and owner of Consensus Professional Development) and are presented by himself and a variety of subject matter experts. 30 Hour TSC Rule 31 Civil to Family Mediator Crossover Training Course. This course is offered throughout the year in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville with course offerings Wednesday through Saturday on the weeks we offer the 46 Hour Family Mediator training. The course of instruction is presented in the form of lecture, discussion, role play, instructor/attendee critique and digital video support. Each attendee will portray each party to mediation within (eight) different role play scenarios [based on actual, recently mediated Family and Juvenile Law disputes]. This course has been approved by the Tennessee Commission for Continuing Legal Education and Specialization for 25.0 Hours General, and 5.0 Hours Dual CLE credit. The cost/tuition for this course is $795.00 and requires no minimum enrollment and a maximum of 5 [first-come, first-served with five attendees in reserve]. CLE Reporting Fee ($7.50 per hour) is not included in this cost/tuition. All required supplies and materials are provided by Consensus. For purposes of TSC Rule 31 training certification, this course requires hour-for-hour attendance, with no exceptions. Specific areas of instruction include:
  • Complete explanation of TSC Rule 31
  • Roles of the Mediator, Parties and Attorneys at Mediation
  • Tennessee Court Process: General Civil Disputes and Mediation
  • Negotiation Dynamics and Techniques
  • Balance and Neutrality
  • Impact of Family & Cultural Dynamics on Mediation
  • Conflict Resolution Techniques and Concepts
  • Communication Techniques: Verbal, Para-Verbal, and Non-Verbal
  • Ethical Considerations in the Context of Mediation
  • Benefits and Challenges of Co-Mediation
  • Reporting Requirements of the TSC Rule 31 Process
Upon completion of this course, the trainee will possess the skills to mediate a broad variety of General Civil Law disputes most commonly occurring in Tennessee’s judicial system today.IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone may attend and complete this training regardless of level of education or work experience. To be Listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Family Mediator, however, the applicant must have a graduate degree plus four years of full time practical work experience, or a baccalaureate degree plus six years of full time practical work experience. Full time practical work experience is defined as 35 hours or more of work per week.Applicants for Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listing are required to have baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees only awarded by an institution of higher education accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education and approved or listed by the United States Department of Education, as a recognized accrediting agency. Degrees earned outside the United States shall be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Tennessee Supreme Court ADR Commission in order to determine whether the degree is substantially equal to a like or similar degree earned in this country in which degree, if earned in this country, would have been subject to the standards and academic quality which would be mandated by the defined accreditation process and procedure in this country.