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Juvenile Mediation Training at The Center for Legal Solutions
Instructors: Theresa DaSilva & Rick Voyles
21 CE Hours for Mediators

Learn to resolve conflict through mediation from the most qualified trainers in Georgia. We offer core courses as well training on specialized topics and advanced skills.

Our Juvenile Mediation Training Program is a three-day workshop designed for individuals interested in mediating juvenile court matters, as well as for those who want to better understand juvenile mediation as administrators or party representatives. Register for the Juvenile Mediation Training Program.

Today, Georgia’s Juvenile Courts, communities and school system are overburdened with Juvenile issues such as destruction of school property or community property, and non-attendance at school. This in turn is creating a bigger demand for Juvenile Mediators.

This Juvenile Mediation course will:
  • explore the origins of Juvenile Court.
  • explore skills and knowledge needed to become a successful Juvenile Mediator.
  • provide a detailed manual to help you navigate the entire process of Juvenile Mediation.
  • provide detailed instructions on navigating the police report for pertinent information.
  • explore how you can help a juvenile mend fences with their community.
  • help participants recognize and defend against the various power tactics employed by some juveniles, or their parents during mediation.
  • help participants understand “Pandora’s Syndrome”.
Rick Voyles
Theresa Da Silva

Those interested in mediating juvenile court matters should take General Civil Mediation Training prior to enrolling in this course.

If you are interested in mediating in court-annexed programs, please see the state and local requirements to register as a mediator which are compiled on this web site. If you simply want a better understanding of juvenile mediation, you are welcome to take this course without having previously taken General Civil Mediation Training.

The Juvenile Mediation Training Program is lead by Theresa Da Silva and Rick Voyles. Theresa Da Silva is a Political Scientist, Mediator/Negotiator, Guardian ad-Litem, and Trainer/Conflict Coach and holds a Doctorate in Law. Ms. Da Silva has served as Court Appointed Mediator for Rockdale and Newton Counties Juvenile Courts. Theresa also serves as Guardian ad-Litem in Newton County Courts. She is a board member of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ), a program instituted by Newton County Juvenile Court to help restore balance between juveniles, their peers and society. See Theresa Da Silva's Full Bio. pdf

Rick Voyles
Rick Voyles, PhD
Dr. Voyles is a subject matter expert in the areas of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution. He is a registered Neutral with the State of Georgia's Office of Dispute Resolution, and he has traveled the world, training people in conflict management and mediation skills. Dr. Voyles does extensive work in the areas of prejudice reduction, cross-cultural communication and conflict management.

This course may be used to satify GODR Continuing Education Requirements.

Please note that the fact that a training program has been approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution does not imply that any particular court-annexed or court referred program must or will accept as neutrals those who have completed that program.


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The Center for Legal Solutions, Inc.
65 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, Georgia 30064
Phone: 678-404-ADR1(2371)   Fax: 770-419-4464