The North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators

Supporting the practice of family mediation and promoting professional excellence

Meeting Registration/Schedule/Agenda

The following meeting schedule has been set for 2020.  Additional educational programming for future meetings will be forthcoming.


Spring Meeting – Thursday, March 5, 2020

“Personality Disorders and How They Affect a Client’s Ability to Mediate”
Presented by Ms. Suzie Jones, LPC of BlueStone Psychotherapy, Cornelius, NC

Ms. Jones (Suzie) will present on the challenging personality disorders that people face in today’s society. She will review the 10 disorders and discuss in depth the top four: Borderline, Narcissistic, Avoidant, and Dependent Personality Disorders. Not only will Ms. Jones guide us in the recognition of these disorders but she will provide tips on how to deal with them in a mediation environment.

Suzie graduated with a BA in Political Science with a minor in History at the University of Houston in 1996. After completing her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University, she held an internship position at Transitional Counseling Center working with the sex offender population along with conducting groups at Riverside Hospital working with schizophrenia clients. Suzie worked in various roles associated with crisis interventions, was a team leader in intensive in-home therapy, and volunteered at a domestic violence shelter for women and children. Suzie has also volunteered her time doing charity work in her local community while raising awareness of mental health.

Suzie has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in treating psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, and other issues one faces in the journey of life. In addition to providing wellness counseling, she works with multiple issues requiring mild to more intensive therapy skills and complicated grief, caregiver, and mood management issues.


Summer Meeting – Thursday, June 4, 2020

Fall Meeting – Thursday, September 24, 2020 (Tentative)

Winter Meeting – Thursday, December 3, 2020


The agenda for most meetings (Except Fall) includes:

  •  9:00 – 9:45        Coffee, light breakfast snack, and networking
  •  9:45 – 10:00      Brief Membership Meeting
  • 10:00 – 12:00     Education program beginning promptly at 10:00
  • 12:00 – 12:45     Lunch – provided by the NCAPFM

Membership meeting agenda items should be submitted to the NCAPFM president or secretary at least two weeks prior to that meeting’s date.

Guests are welcome at any of our meetings, although there is a charge of $10.00 for any non-member who would like to receive a continuing education certificate.

If you a current member of the NCAPFM and would like to bring a guest, please register that guest through the EventBrite registration portal that is emailed to you during the month preceding the meeting.

If you are not a member of the NCAPFM and you wish to attend as our guest, we would be happy to have you.  Please contact our Meeting Registrar, Mr. Mike Musselman, by sending an email HERE.


Previous educational presentations that the NCAPFM has had at meetings:

  • The 2018 Tax Legislation and How it Affects Mediators
  • The Problem with Money – And How to Mediate Around It
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Opening Statements – The Mediator’s and Counsels’
  • Divorce Financial Analysts in Mediation, Collaboration and Litigation
  • Protecting Children from the Burdens of Divorce
  • Writing Mediation Summaries – How to Avoid the Practice of Law
  • The Financial Aspects of Divorce – How Settlement Options Affect Your Client’s Financial
  • Back to the Basics:  What does John Haynes, one of family mediation’s founders, have to teach us about process?
  • Selected and Unusual Financial Issues Found in Mediation
  • The Gray Divorce – Redefining the Golden Years
  • The Social Science of Custody Schedules
  • An Introduction to Non-violent Communication
  • High Conflict Couples
  • Top Child Topics for Family Mediators