Basic ENE Training: SENE & FENE

February 1, 2 and 3, 2023 – Hybrid training (attend in-person or on-line)

 to register

SENE February 1st & 2nd, 2023 and FENE February 3rd, 2023.

Registration at 8:00 a.m., training from 8:15 to 4:30 p.m.

“Virtual training: Attendees provided an on-line link after registering.”

“In-person training: Attendees meet at OurFamilyWizard offices located at 701 N Washington Ave, 7th Floor, Minneapolis MN 55413, Loose Wiles building (same building as The Freehouse).“

Parking: We can validate parking at The Nordic Ramp, enter off of N 3rd St – Do NOT park in any of the “Sable” numbered/reserved spaces in the ramp.

SENE Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the goals and mechanics of the SENE process to clients and their attorneys.
  2. State at least three factors to consider when forming a SENE team.
  3. State three different ways to enhance SENE team effectiveness.
  4. Identify at least four ethical issues associated with conducting SENE’s.
  5. Develop at least three methods to acquire information from clients and attorneys that will provide the SENE team with sufficient grounds to give clients and attorneys valid and reliable feedback about likely court and/or custody and parenting time evaluations.
  6. Describe at least five ways to constructively prepare feedback for clients and to deliver the feedback effectively.
  7. Describe at least five techniques to manage session behavior and create an atmosphere in the session that is conducive to a successful outcome.
  8. State at least two methods for reaching an agreement and memorializing the agreement.
  9. Identify the critical components of the SENE process.
  10. Articulate how the SENE process differs from other forms of evaluative and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes.
  11. State three reasons why conducting SENE’s as part of a male-female team is the most effective and ethical way to provide the service.
  12. State two methods for conducting the SENE with a settlement.


  1. Participants will be able to explain the FENE process to parties and their counsel.
  2. Participants will acquire 3 techniques to use an FENE to ensure that parties feel heard.
  3. Participants will identify at least 3 different ways to collect needed financial information for an FENE.
  4. Participants will develop 2 approaches to use m delivering an evaluative opinion.
  5. Participants will learn 2 methods for concluding the FENE with or without a settlement.
  6. Participant’s will identify 2 ways to memorialize the FENE agreement.


Susan Stevens Chambers, Esq. is serving her second term on the ADR Ethics Board; she began serving on this Board January 1, 2021. She works as a mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator out of her office in Mankato, Minnesota. She has been licensed to practice law since 1979 and is a qualified neutral on the Minnesota Rule 114 roster. Chambers served as a Family District Court Referee in the Fifth Judicial District from 2011-2016. Chambers has taught Early Neutral Evaluation trainings across the state since 2011.

Jeff Johnson has a Mediation practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jeff opened Johnson Mediation in the Spring of 2009. Jeff has worked as a Parenting Consultant and Parenting Time Expeditor, and now focuses on Mediation, Social Early Neutral Evaluation and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation. Jeff has assisted with Early Neutral Evaluation training session in MN since 2016. Prior to 2009, Jeff’s work experience has included, Executive Business Coach, Training Lead, Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, and numerous Operations roles. Jeff’s education has been focused on Child Psychology and Finance.

Thomas Tuft is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC practicing in all areas of family law. Mr. Tuft is a Fellow and past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers — Minnesota Chapter, and is a past chair of the Second District Ethics Committee. He has been provided FENE services for over twelve years.

Jack DeWalt is a founding partner and attorney at DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC, and is currently licensed to practice law in federal district court, the state district courts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and five different Tribal Courts. After graduating from Hamline University College of Law in 2002, Jack began working as a legal aid attorney before entering private practice in 2006. Since then, his focus as an attorney has been in the areas of family and tribal law. He has successfully represented clients throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, appearing on their behalf at both the district and appellate court levels. Jack has taught family law as an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline College of Law and has been active in numerous professional associations including serving as the President from 2018–2019 for the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Jack has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Family Law and has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers since 2015 and the Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100 List since 2018.

Jim Goetz of Goetz Family Dispute Resolution Services provides a variety services to help parents resolve their contested custody and parenting issues. These have included conducting custody and parenting time evaluations, mediations and Social Early Neutral Evaluations (SENE). Prior to entering private practice, Jim was employed by Hennepin County Family Court Services, where he was part of a group that developed and adapted ENE for family court purposes, and he has conducted multiple SENE trainings throughout Minnesota and in other states. In addition to having a law degree, Jim has two mental health related master degrees, and he was a therapist prior to entering the arena of family court.