About Us

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Jim Shaul, MA, JD

Mediator/Conflict Specialist

Email: jimshaul@shaulmediation.com

He is first and foremost a listener, secondly a communicator. He is an accomplished businessman and one of the most educated and trained conflict specialists in the Midwest. He has taught over 1400 credit hours at the college and graduate level for over twenty years, presented at dozens of workshops and seminars, and has a reputation of challenging his clients to put their children first, and his students and audiences to think more carefully, act more responsibly, and serve more compassionately.

Jim has his JD and is the director of the Sarpy Family Conflict Center which serves a variety of family needs. One of the most highly trained mediators in the Midwest, he personally specializes in high conflict divorce mediation, ongoing parental conflict, non-chargeable domestic abuse, and pro se support.

EDUCATION:

Creighton School Of Law
  • Juris Doctorate – May 2006
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Master of Arts: August 1993
  • Major: Classical Greek / Koine Greek
  • Minor: Classical Latin / Religion & Philosophy
University of Nebraska - Omaha
  • Bachelor of General Studies: May 1991
  • Major: Religion
  • Minor: History


MEDIATION TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

Mediation Training
  • Three credit-hour course in Mediation at Creighton Law School (2005)
  • Three credit-hour course in Legal Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling at Creighton Law School (2005)
  • Thirty-hour Basic course in Mediation Theory and Practice – NMCA - Spring 2006 Focusing on Conflict Resolution (2005)
  • Family Mediation Training – NMCA -Spring 2006
  • Juvenile Victim/Offender Mediation Training – Concord - Fall 2006
  • Advanced Family Mediation Training – NMCA -Spring 2007
  • Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution Training (SADR – High Conflict Mediation) – Winter 2007/8
  • Child Support Mediation Training – NMCA Training class – Spring 2008
  • AFCC Parent Coordinator/High Conflict Family Training – Fall 2008
  • Mediation Coaching – NMCA - Ongoing
  • SADR Mediation Workshop - NMCA – Winter 2007/8
  • Family Group Conferencing Training – NMCA - Winter 2007/8
  • Pre-Hearing Conference Workshop - NMCA Spring 2008
  • Child Support Mediation Training – NMCA Training class – Spring 2008
  • Family Group Conference Training – NMCA Summer 2008
  • Parent Coordination Training – AFCC Kansas City Fall 2008
  • Elder Mediation Training – Elder Decisions Boston, MA Fall 2008
  • Parenting Coordination Training - Cooperative Parenting Institute
Pittsburgh, PA Fall 2008
  • Juvenile Abuse/Neglect Training – Helping Babies from the Bench Summer 2009
  • Immigration Issues for Children in Juvenile Court – Through The Eyes of the
Child Initiative Summer 2009
  • Juvenile Abuse/Neglect Training 2009 Children's Summit – Through The Eyes of
The Child Initiative Summer 2009
  • Psychiatric Medication in Children & Adolescents - Project Harmony/UNMC Fall 2009
  • Collaboration in Child Abuse Investigations – Project Harmony Fall 2009
  • Detecting Deception – Project Harmony Fall 2009
  • Child Abuse & Neglect 101 Reporting & Responding - Project Harmony Fall 2009
  • Domestic Violence Strategies for Working with High-Conflict Couples – NE Justice Center Fall 2009
  • Effects of Trauma on Child Development & Adult Functioning – Medical Assn. Fall 2009
  • Understanding & Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Project Harmony Winter 2009
  • The Interrelationship between Adult Domestic Violence and Child Abuse." Project Harmony Winter 2009
  • Medical & Social Risks of the Dirty Home (Child Neglect) Project Harmony Winter 2009
  • Therapists as Expert Witnesses – Project Harmony Winter 2009
  • Infant Mental Health Conference – NDE Early Childhood Training Center
Spring 2010
  • Batterers & Intervention Strategies, 2010, Session 3 - DV and Sexual Assault Coalition Spring 2010
  • Mediation: Profession or Social Movement – NE Mediators Assn – Spring 2010
  • Therapeutic Parenting – NE Children’s Home Spring 2010
  • Parenting Coordination Training – Cooperative Parenting Institute Summer 2009
  • Mediation in DIPA Cases - Sarpy Mediation Summer 2010
  • Principles of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Fall 2010
  • Safe & Together Model-Responding to the Co-occurrence of Child Abuse & DV – DV and Sexual Assault Coalition Fall 2010
  • Helping Babies From The Bench - Phase II- Through The Eyes of the Child Initiative Fall 2010
  • Creating A Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition Batterers Intervention Trainer Certification Fall 2010
  • High Conflict Mediation Training – Erickson Mediation Institute Minneapolis, MN Winter 2010
  • Advanced Custody Training – Marta J. Papas, JD – St. Louis, MO – Winter 2010
  • Impact of Parent Alienation on Child Custody Disputes - Washburn University School of Law Children and Family Law Center Spring 2011
  • How Cohabitation affects Divorce Settlements, Should I Sell the House or Keep It, Part 1 and 2, Financial Divorce Association – Spring 2011
  • Conflict Coaching Training – Missouri Mediator’s Assn - Topeka, KS - Oct. 21, 2011
  • SADR Phone Conference - July 26, 2012
  • Effects of Chronic Neglect, Abuse and Toxic Stress on Child Development, Emotional Regulation, and Parent-Child Relationships – Dr. Mark Hald. Nov. 2, 2012
  • Darkness to Light Seminar – Child Sexual Abuse - Project Harmony Oct. 28, 2012 Project Harmony
  • Military MediationTraining- Oct. 2013 Heartland Mediators Association – Susan Krause Manhatten KS
  • Elder Training – February 21, 2014 Heartland Mediator’s Association – Hurst Coffman, Kate Hamilton Topeka KS
  • Transformative Conflict Resolution – April 10-11, 2014 Dan Simon Heartland Mediators Association Overland Park, KS
  • Impasse: What Causes It, How To Avoid It, How To Work Through It – February 7, 2015 Rebecca Magruder Heartland Mediators Assoc. Topeka KS
  • Nebraska Mediators Association Annual Conference – April 14, 2016 Sally Waters, Emily Kirschenmann, John Ford Omaha, NE
  • Advanced Mediation Refresher: Core and Domestic Relations Mediation – March 5, 2016 Dawn Kulhman & Larry Swall Liberty MO
  • Two Homes, One Childhood – Nebraska Psychological Association – April 15, 2016 Robert Emery PhD Omaha, NE
  • FOCUS ON CHILDREN OF DIVORCE AND SEPARATION: How ADR Professionals Can Make the Difference – April 29, 2016 Christine Coates, JD. Overland Park, KS
  • Supervised Visitation: 24-Hour Certificate Training – July 18-22, 2016 Joe Nullet Supervised Visitation Network


Mediation Experience

As of July 2015, Jim has conducted over 1000 Mediations: 750 divorce/custody/modification mediations, over 50 small claims court mediations, and over 150 pre-hearing conference mediations, as well as countless general family, elder, juvenile/victim offender mediations.
  • Small Claims Court Mediation – Sarpy Co. Courthouse (Concord Center / Omaha)
  • Family / Divorce Mediation (Concord Center / Omaha)
  • Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation (Concord Center / Omaha)
  • Family / Divorce Mediation (SE Conciliation Center / Beatrice)
  • Family Group Mediation (Neb. Justice Center /Fremont)
  • Divorce Mediation (Conciliation Court / Omaha)
  • Elder Mediation (Center for Law & Justice / Fremont)
  • Co-taught a Basic Mediation course at Creighton Law School/Werner Institute
  • Served on the ODR Education & Training Subcomittee on State Standards for Mediators
  • Family Group Conference Co-facilitation (Neb. Justice Center /Fremont)
  • Juvenile Protective Custody Facilitation (Douglas County Juvenile Court)
  • Mediation Coaching (NMCA)
  • Mediator Training / Mentoring (Neb. Justice Center /Fremont)
  • Mediation Coaching – Concord Center – Spring 2009
  • Mediation Coaching – UNO Communications Dept.
  • Extensive High Conflict Divorce Mediation – (Present)
  • Divorce Financial Mediation (2007 – April 2015)
  • Supervised Visitation - Present
  • Parent Coordination - Present
  • Conflict Coaching - Present


SPEAKING/TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • Business Luncheons
  • Business Ethics Graduate Courses
  • Business Ethics Training Workshops
  • Business Conflict Resolution Seminars
  • Day-Long Service Providers Seminars
  • Service Provider Workshops
  • College Classroom Conflict Resolution Seminars
  • Teacher Training Workshops
  • Over 1400 credit hours of college courses
  • Mediation Training Seminars
  • Mediation Training Workshops
  • Day-Long Welfare to Work Training Seminars
  • Church Leadership Training Workshops
  • Parenting Seminars


BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

Owned and Operated Several Small Businesses in Omaha For Over 25 Years:
  • Shaul Mediation Services, Inc. (Mediation, Parent Coordination & High-Conflict Parenting Classes)
  • The Sarpy Mediation & Family Services Center, Inc. (Mediation, Therapy, Supervision/Transition, Batterer’s Intervention Courses, Pro Se Assistance)
  • Shaul Mediation & Family Services (Mediation, Conflict Coaching & Parenting Classes)
  • Renaissance Group (Business Seminars, Instructional Services, Business Consulting);
  • Wordsworthgiving (Professional Speaking, Writing, Training);
  • SG Services (Mediation, CTA, Mentoring, Welfare classes, Anger Management courses);
  • PCC (Computer Sales & Service, specializing in small retail Point of Sales networks);
  • Palmtree Casting & Coordinating (Casting for Films, Televsion, Print Ads);
  • JD Horticultural Services (Design, Installation & Maintenance of Tropical Interiors, Ornamental Landscaping, Oriental Gardens, Ponds & Waterfalls);
  • Aqua Design (Aquarium Installation & Maintenance)

MEMBERSHIPS

Mediation:
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • Heartland Conference of Mediators (current board member)
  • Iowa Mediators Association
  • Mediate.com
  • NE Mediation Association
Education:
  • M.A.G. – President – Millard North Middle School’s PTO Group
  • B.I.P. – Vice-President, Millard North Middle School
Former Businesses:
  • Midwest Interior Plantscape Association – Past President
Business/Other
  • Historical Downtown Papillion Business Association –Board Member
  • Papillion Arts Council Advisory Board


beth-benjamin-alvarado

Beth Benjamin-Alvarado, BS in Psychology

MS in International Public Administration

Beth is our bilingual Mediator. She is trained in Basic, Family and High-Conflict/Specialized Alternate Dispute Resolution, Domestic Violence and is an Office of Dispute Resolution Parenting Act Mediator. She has over three years experience in Mediation. Her background includes being a Director of Adult Basic Education Program, a Social Services Worker for HHS and a Family Support Worker for OPS. Beth also teaches our Parenting Classes in both English and Spanish Beth’s Resume (pdf)