ADR Training - Virtual Mediation

Upcoming Webinar - A Comprehensive Training on Conducting Virtual Mediations

Susan GuthrieJoin Susan Guthrie at a webinar on June 26, 2020
from Noon to 2:30pm

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FREE Webinar - June 26, 2020, Noon to 2:30 pm

This FREE webinar is available to registered Neutrals (Mediators, Arbitrators and Private Judges) with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. This program has been submitted to the Alabama State Bar for 2.5 hours of MCLE credit.

The future of mediation and dispute resolution professionals is online, and you can be too! In this 2.5 hour webinar training program with one of the leading experts in online mediation, Susan Guthrie, you will learn the basics of conducting your mediations through an online platform ( is used in the webinar) and the practical and ethical considerations you need to know. The training covers:

  • Recommended equipment and setup
  • Account setup and program settings
  • Mediation session scheduling and setup
  • Functionality including screen sharing, waiting room and breakout rooms
  • Security considerations
  • Ethical considerations re: Confidentiality, Privacy, Competency and Unconscious Bias
  • Best practices and troubleshooting
  • Quick tips for marketing an online practice

Participants will receive a handout with all the elements needed to create their own Guidelines and Ground Rules for their online practice and will have an opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation.

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COVID-19 Concerns: Online Mediation Offers an Option

The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and Learn to Mediate On Line provided the following public service.  

The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Educational Programming Committee set a priority to provide member benefit training for using online tools to provide dispute resolution services and helping you deal with the COVID-19 declared pandemic. The first program occurred on March 16, 2020. Susan Guthrie presented a FREE member benefit program via the Zoom platform on “Online Dispute Mediation and Coaching.” We are making the following materials from that training available for downloading:

    pdf Online Dispute Mediation - Presentation Slides (pdf)

    pdf Ten Essentials for Looking and Doing your Best in Video Conference Calls (pdf)

    M4A file (MPEG 4) Audio recording of the webinar, Susan Guthrie, Online Mediation and Coaching (audio file)


For those practitioners whose in-person mediations and meetings are being canceled and postponed due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, ONLINE MEDIATION provides an easily implemented solution. By conducting mediations and hearings through an online video-conferencing platform, mediators and other neutrals can continue to conduct business as usual while maintaining the physical distance warranted under current conditions.

Attorney Susan Guthrie, who has a fully online mediation and coaching practice herself, presented a program of practical and easily implemented advice on the issues and considerations that practitioners must take into account when adding an online platform to their practice. Susan highlighted areas of concern and reviewed options for how to address them as well as how to select and implement the online platform, and best practices for conducting the mediation sessions.

Susan GuthrieJoin Susan Guthrie at a webinar on June 26, 2020
from Noon to 2:30pm

Registration Form.

About Susan Guthrie

Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. As one of the leading experts in online mediation in the world, Susan works with and trains other professionals in the practical and ethical considerations of conducting their mediations online through her business Learn to Mediate Online™ ( which also provides trainings in marketing for professionals and other consulting services. Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Section’s Mediation Committee. Susan is the creator and host of the iTunes top podcast, The Divorce & Beyond Podcast ( and recently launched The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast ( for online mediation and dispute resolution professionals. Susan has recently been featured in media outlets such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Thrive Global, Eye on Chicago, WGN among others



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