Speaking & Training Events

Call Shawn now at (619) 299-4880 to schedule your complimentary 30 minute phone consultation.

Meet one of the best divorce mediation speakers and trainers in the industry, Shawn Skillin.  She has been speaking for 10 years and in the last two years alone, has done more than 33 speaking engagements. Simultaneously, for more than 10 years, Shawn has delivered recurring monthly training workshops.  In summary, she has educated and guided thousands in divorce mediation techniques, collaborative divorce process, and managing high conflict people in legal disputes and everyday life.

Shawn believes in a multimedia and interactive approach using real-life scenarios.  She utilizes PowerPoint, videos, white boards, hands-on activities, interactive Q & A, role playing, and demonstrations.  Shawn connects with her audiences through various mediums delivering practical, actionable content. Speaking attendees and training participants describe her as engaging, funny, and very relatable. Check out more details of Shawn as a Speaker and Shawn as a Trainer below.

Read Shawn’s complete CV.


Shawn as a Speaker

High conflict people and scenarios seem to be on the rise.  High conflict people can make you feel like you’re the crazy one.  Consequently, they make you feel defensive and bring out your worse instincts. And, unfortunately, you often end up becoming their target of blame.  Whether your are working with one, friends with one, divorcing one or still living one, a high conflict person can make life miserable.  Relief is here.  Shawn’s speaking is focused on giving pragmatic information on identifying and managing high conflict people in legal disputes and every day life.  Her speaking style is rooted in connecting with her audiences, bringing an appropriate sense of humor and play.

Shawn is known as an excellent keynote speaker and has appeared as a leading expert on panels, as well as been a conference session breakout speaker. As a result, it is fairly common for her sessions to be standing room only.  Her audiences range from six to over 600 in settings from small conference rooms to large auditoriums. Shawn has spoken in the United States and Canada and is open to speaking in other countries.

Call Shawn at (619) 299-4880 for information about speaking at your event.

Upcoming Speaking Events

CP Cal Celebration XIV – Building the Collaborative Bridge
Hilton Resort and Spa – Mission Bay
San Diego, CA
April 26, 27 and 28, 2019

Shawn will be presenting two different workshops at the state wide conference for CP-Cal this spring. The workshops are best for Divorce Mediators and Collaborative Professionals who will enjoy the interactive, multimedia, workshops and leave with skills that can be applied to their own practices. The conference is open to professionals from out of state as well.

  • The Caucus Genie: It Really Is Magic
    A 90 minute workshop on a step by step guide for effective caucusing in mediation or Collaborative Practice.
  • Starting with the Big Rocks:Preparing Parties for Settlement by Identifying Common High Level Shared Values and Goals
    A 3 hour workshop designed to help the practitioner assist the parties in getting the best possible settlement by starting with shared values and goals, before moving on to the details.

Past Speaking Events

  • High-Conflict People in Families: Innovative Methods to Avoid Conflict Escalation
    17th Annual Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (11/17/17)
  • Understanding and Managing High Conflict People In Legal Disputes
    Hawaii State Bar Assoc, Family Law Section
    Oct. 18, 2017
  • Alternatives to Custody Litigation
    Orange County Bar Association
    Newport Beach, CA (7/19/17)
  • Family Law 101 for Non-Lawyers
    Collaborative Practice California, Redondo Beach, CA
    April 29, 2017, with Shawn Weber, Esq.
  • New Ways for Families in Collaborative Divorce
    Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County
    Tustin, CA (3/14/17)
  • Intervening with Children’s Complex Resistance/Refusal Dynamics
    AFCC-CA 2017 Spring Conference, with Bill Eddy, LCSW, CLS-F; Lyn Greenberg,
    PhD.; Ellen Maudlin, MFT; Shawn McCall, Psy.D.
    Costa Mesa, CA (2/10/17)
  • High-Conflict People in Families: Innovative Methods to Avoid Conflict Escalation
    17th Annual Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (11/17/17)
  • Dolphin Lawyering, How to be an Advocate Without Being a Shark
    IACP-International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, with Shawn Weber, Esq.
    Las Vegas, NV (10/30/2016)
  • Dolphin Advocacy, Active Listening on Steroids
    Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, with Shawn Weber, Esq.
    San Diego, CA (10/15/2016)
  • Introduction to Mediation in Business Disputes
    San Diego Christian College
    Santee, CA (10/06/16)

Shawn as a Trainer

So have you spotted that high conflict person?  Do you want to be a mediator? When it comes training, Shawn’s has two passions: one is teaching you the skills to deal with high conflict people, and the other is training effective mediators.  And, she is darn good at it.  For more than 10 years, Shawn has been training individuals, professionals and groups on managing high conflict people and on topics of divorce mediation, caucus, communication techniques, negotiation cycles. She has conducted 14 two to four 4 day trainings since 2015 through the Family Resolution Institute, a training company she co-founded. In addition, Shawn has delivered training sessions at least once per year from 2009 to 2015. In short, she’s done a lot of them.

Training Audiences include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal Bar Associations
  • Mental Health Professionals (MHPs)
  • Military
  • Health Care
  • Attorneys
  • Prison Librarians
  • Multi-disciplinary groups in divorce
  • Collaborative Divorce groups
  • . . . and more.

Call Shawn at (619) 299-4880 to schedule your next training event.

Upcoming Training Events

Four Day Family Law Mediation Training
Presented by Robin Duboe Seigle, Shawn D. Skillin and Shawn Weber
Handlery Hotel
San Diego, CA
Thursday – Sunday, May 16 – May 19, 2019

Are you tired of doing more harm than good or are looking for a family law process that helps families rather than making things worse? Consider divorce mediation training with a different twist! Get CEU credits in an interactive, multi-media training that is experiential in design and fun in nature. Above all, you will leave with practical skills you can apply today!

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Past Training Events

  • Where There’s Smoke: Understanding High Conflict Personalities
    Blaze A Trail: Proposal Focused Mediation
    Divorce Camp
    Breezy Point, Minnesota
    September 13-15, 2018
  • Divorce Mediation Training
    US Marine Corp Air Station
    Camp Pendleton, CA, with Shawn Weber
    August 27-30, 2018
  • Divorce Mediation Training
    San Diego, CA, with Shawn Weber and Robin Seigle
    May 17-20, 2018
  • Mediating High Conflict Disputes
    Tennessee Valley Mediation Association,
    Knoxville, TN
    October 28, 2017
  • Divorce Mediation Training
    San Diego, CA, with Shawn Weber and Robin Seigle
    Sept 14-17, 2017
  • Mediation Skills That Boost Your Success: Part I – Negotiations
    Collaborative Practice California, Redondo Beach, CA
    April 29, 2017, With Shawn Weber, Esq.
  • Mediation Skills That Boost Your Success: Part II – Caucus
    Collaborative Practice California, Redondo Beach, CA
    April 29, 2017, with Shawn Weber, Esq.
  • Practical Skills for Dealing with High Conflict People
    Nephrology Social Workers of Orange County
    Santa Ana, CA (4/26/17)
  • The Negotiation Cycle and Caucus: Skills that Boost Your Success
    Academy of Professional Family Mediators, with Shawn Weber, Esq.
    Memphis, TN (3/31/17)
  • Divorce Mediation Training
    US Marine Corp, with Julie Cobalt, Esq.
    Camp Pendleton, CA (2/14-17/17)