People, Process & passion

Transforming the Culture of Divorce

Family Mediation Institute 2023

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Friday May 20th - Sunday May 22nd

The Coachella Valley is the beautiful setting for this year’s Family Mediation Institute getaway weekend in the desert.  Now in its 5th year, SCMA’s Family Mediation Institute has added a third day to this traditionally two-day event to expand the opportunities for family mediators and divorce professionals.  We have chosen the award winning Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa located in the heart of the desert as the venue for SCMA’s first getaway destination conference.  

Along with the stunning mountain vistas, seven pools, world class spa, tennis, two PGA golf courses, great shopping, restaurants and the abundance of open-air spaces and outdoor activities, the FMI will provide a congenial atmosphere for colleagues to gather and connect with conflict resolution professionals from all over California and the United States. 

This year, FMI will again provide amazing opportunities for career development and advancement including:

  • Friday afternoon’s Special Workshop spotlighting the career and contributions of Dr. Constance Ahrons, this year’s recipient of the Forrest “Woody” Mosten SCMA Star Award.  
  • Saturday’s Keynote Speaker, Chip Rose 
  • Six Workshop Choices including cutting edge topics and our first Skill Building Workshop Track 
  • Sunday will feature Plenary Speakers, Louise Phipps Senft and Fern Tolkas Salka, and on Sunday we will present a screening of Ellen Bruno’s Film Split Up – The Teen Years

Our Exhibitor Hall, Friday Night Reception and Mixer, Saturday Luncheon, and Breakfast Buffets over the three-day conference will provide excellent opportunities for networking with colleagues and building professional divorce resources.

You won’t want to miss this special opportunity to connect with people who share your passion for family conflict resolution and the desire to positively transform the culture of divorce for the benefit of separating families and their children.

2022 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 2022 Star Award will be posthumously presented to:

Dr. Constance Ahrons

Dr. Ahrons, internationally acclaimed social scientist and family therapist led the way in removing the stigma of divorce. Her efforts to normalize divorce have inspired divorce professionals worldwide since the publication of her book The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart in 1994.  Through her research and clinical practice with families of divorce, she was able to counteract the myths that divorce inevitably turns adults into bitter enemies, results in damaged children and broken homes, and rips apart the fabric of society. Although Dr. Ahrons is no longer with us, her legacy remains as professionals, parents, and families continue to learn and use her innovative divorce strategies and parenting solutions. Dr. Constance Ahrons has forever positively transformed the culture of divorce. 

Key Sponsors

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

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Friday Night Reception & Mixer Sponsor

FMI 2022 at a Glance

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