The Elder Mediation Center of New Jersey (EMC-NJ), a collaborative alliance of independent mediators, attorneys and a geriatric care manager, will present a training session for mediators who wish to expand their knowledge of the specialized field of elder mediation. The training session, to be held on November 10, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is approved to satisfy the annual 4-hour mediator continuing education requirement applicable to all mediators in court-connected mediation programs under New Jersey Court Rule 1:40-12(b).

Training topics include a review of the legal principles relevant to capacity, guardianship and probate law, clinical issues involving elders, an overview of the elder mediation process, a discussion of the nuances of mediating elder, disability and guardianship cases, the role of the elder mediator and the neutral expert, and a summary of the various models of elder mediation.

The Elder Mediation Center of New Jersey is an alliance of three elder law attorneys / mediators, Tony Serra, Nina Weiss, Donald D. Vanarelli, and geriatric care manager, Marcie Cooper. The professionals at the EMC-NJ provide dispute resolution services designed to resolve conflicts involving older adults, their families and others. The EMC-NJ is committed to providing an environment where all parties are heard, including the older adult who, though at the center of the conflict, often finds it difficult to participate fully in the mediation due to cognitive or other impairments.

The cost of the training is $79 for those who registered by October 10, 2009, and $99 thereafter. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. To register, please call the EMC-NJ at 908-232-7400.