Shaul Mediation Services:  531-301-7595

Jim Shaul, MA, JD       Jim is first and foremost a listener, secondly a communicator. He is a professional Conflict Specialist working with families, divorcing parents, elder parents, and individuals experiencing ongoing parental conflict after divorce. He is committed to helping Fathers remain committed to their children after divorce as well as facilitating Mothers who have experienced emotional abuse. He is one of the most educated and trained conflict specialists in the Midwest.  He has also taught over 1500 credit hours at the college and graduate level for over twenty five years, presented at dozens of workshops and seminars, and has a reputation of challenging his students and audiences to think more carefully, act more responsibly, and serve more compassionately. He is an accomplished businessman and business leader.

Services Provided:

Family Mediation (Parent/Child, Elder, Siblling/Sibling)

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Marriage Problems - Marital Mediation
  • High Conflict Divorce Facilitation (SADR)
  • Level I & II Court Ordered Divorce Parenting Classes
  • Parent Coordination
  • Conflict Coaching
  • Supervised Visitation
  • Supervised Transitions
  • Batterers Intervention Classes
  • Persistent Fathering Groups

Hopeful Hearts Counseling

Shaul Mediation and Family Services

            *Mediation* Parenting Classes* Supervised Visitation*Therapy


Penny Cavender -   MSLIMHP, CPC, NBCC, RPT

Family Center Specialists

Penny Cavender -   MSLIMHP, CPC, NBCC, RPT

Penny is a licensed mental health professional who specializes in working with children ages 12 and under, and she is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She has spent many years working with children in crisis who have experienced trauma, including foster children and foster parents.  She uses cognitive therapy as well as play therapy skills.  

Penny is a coordinator of a 13 week Child-Parent Interaction training group to help parents improve their relationships with their children and help parents of children with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) to have more success with bonding and behaviors. She has been a facilitator for Sons and Daughters United and the Parents United Support group through Lutheran Family Services as well as their R Safe group for sexual abuse victims.   

Insisting on family therapy along side the individual work, she believes that one cannot help someone, especially a child, if the individual's family is not included in the therapeutic process.

She has extensive experience with adults as well, including family and couples therapy.  Penny also has worked as a geriatric counselor and enjoy working with this population immensely.

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a child plays in a protected and structured environment with games and toys provided by a therapist who observes the behavior, affect, and conversation of the child to gain insight into thoughts, feelings, and fantasies.                                            
As conflicts are discovered, the therapist often helps the child understand and work through them.