The Infant-Parent Institute

Jim Linder, M.S. Ed


While he is now entirely independent of the Infant-Parent Institute (as of the end of 2015), Jim remains a dear friend and colleague, with whom Mr. Trout shares a long history, and a deep appreciation for the complexity of parenting and the needs of babies and young children. 

Jim joined The Infant-Parent Institute in 2007, making a major contribution to the Institute's long history of helping parents who are separating or divorcing plan for the future of their children through mediation. Between 2007 and 2015, when his practice became independent of the Institute, he conducted hundreds of mediations in the Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas.  He continues his practice as a court-approved  Family and Divorce Mediator.

Mediation is a confidential, empowering conflict resolution process that maximizes parental self-determination at a time when emotions are raw and communication is difficult. In mediation, parents--who know their children best and love them most--cooperate in putting their children’s needs first. With a mediator’s assistance they carefully and thoughtfully plan the best possible outcome for their children’s future. For more information, please visit Mr. Linders mediation website:

A native of Central Illinois, Mr. Linder graduated from the University of Illinois (Bachelor of Science in Education, Bronze Tablet, Highest Honors), and also holds an M.S.Ed degree from UIUC.

Mr. Linder's educational career includes being a classroom teacher and the Principal of the Cunningham Children’s Home Residential School. More recently, he worked as a consultant, trainer and coach for adults who serve children in any capacity. He has trained Public and Private School Teachers and Administrators, Child Care Providers, YMCA Summer Staff, Library Staff, School Based Mentors and many parents in schools, churches and early childhood programs.

Mr. Linder holds a national certification in the Positive Discipline Association and provide trainings in Positive Discipline for Parents and Parent Trainers, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Developing Capable Young People, Parent Talk & Teacher Talk, and supervises student teachers for Millikin University.

Jim's training style is an experiential, engaging, active and participatory format that heightens both learning and energy levels for those he trains.

For more information or to schedule a mediation, phone 217-337-3317, or email