Join us for the 7th Annual Family Mediation Institute on April 20! This year’s conference theme serves to honor the challenging work you all do with families as “Conductors of Peace: Orchestrating Family Harmony.” It is because of you that we continue to be the premier gathering for family mediators and divorce professionals, attracting participants from across California, the United States, and beyond.

We are thrilled to announce some exciting additions to this year’s conference. In addition to our traditional offerings, we are delighted to share the introduction of a pre-conference DV/IPV 4-hour training. This specialized training is designed to provide valuable insights and skills to professionals working in the field of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.

Furthermore, we are proud to feature recorded webinars from industry leaders, including Susan Guthrie and Forrest “Woody” Mosten. These webinars will offer participants the opportunity to learn from experts who have made significant contributions to the field of family conflict resolution.

Our lineup of presenters at the Family Mediation Institute comprises high-quality, first-class professionals, leaders, and experts hailing from various disciplines, including legal, mental health, financial, and related fields dedicated to resolving the conflicts that families face.

The conference offers not only unparalleled educational opportunities for both new and experienced mediators but also serves as a platform for extraordinary networking and marketing prospects. Explore our Exhibitor Hall, join the Friday Night Reception and Mixer, and indulge in the Saturday Breakfast and Lunch Buffets, all thoughtfully designed to facilitate networking, foster connections, and build professional resources within the realms of divorce and family services.

We hope to see you at this year’s conference as we continue to elevate the discourse and practice of family mediation at the 7th Annual Family Mediation Institute Conference – where the art of orchestrating family harmony takes center stage.

FMI 2024 at a Glance

2024 Forest “Woody” Mosten Star Award Recipient

Each year at the Family Mediation Institute, SCMA presents the Forrest “Woody” Mosten Star Award for Innovation and Excellence in Family Mediation. The 2024 Star Award will be presented to:

Marvin Whistler

Marvin Whistler is a seasoned mediator with over 30 years of experience, specializing in resolving a wide array of disputes. His areas of expertise encompass marital issues, divorce, uncoupling, parenting plans, custody, and visitation. Marvin’s mediation experience encompasses various types of cases, including but not limited to attorney-client fee disputes, real estate, landlord-tenant, and community disputes.

Known for his exceptional communication skills and empathetic demeanor, Marvin has a reputation for creating a safe and neutral environment that fosters open communication and collaborative problem-solving. Clients appreciate his patient and compassionate approach, which assists them in understanding each other’s perspectives and interests, thereby enhancing their ability to manage and prevent future conflicts.

Marvin’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Behavioral Science with a focus on Negotiation and Conflict Management and Paralegal Training from California State University Dominguez Hills as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University Los Angeles. He is also a Certified Co-Parenting Specialist from Mosten Guthrie Academy and has completed additional training in areas such as Critical Race Theory, Equal Rights for the LGBT Community, and Proposal Focused Mediation for High Conflict Disputes.

He has been involved in various professional roles, including serving as a board member and treasurer of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), as a director of the MC3 Mediator Certification, and a director of Kids Managing Conflict. Furthermore, he is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and the Los Angeles Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (LA-CAMFT).

Marvin’s mediation experience includes working with the Southern California Family Mediation at the Edmund E. Edelman Children’s Dependency Court, the Ventura County Superior Court, the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, among others.

Marvin Whistler’s commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, his extensive training and experience, and his dedication to his clients’ well-being make him a respected professional in the field of mediation.

Key Sponsors

Thank you to some of our key sponsors in partnering with us. Interested in sponsoring? Learn more here.

Friday Night Reception & Mixer Sponsor

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