Advanced Practice

 

The following workshops are designed for the experienced mediator who seeks to enhance his/her knowledge and expertise through a more intensive study of theory and practice. All workshops have Mediation Skills and Process or equivalent mediation experience as prerequisite. These advanced workshops can be used to meet Virginia recertification requirements.

 

Considering Cultural Issues in Mediation 

This workshop explores culture as an important variable in mediation. Awareness of cultural factors is critical to understand and address conflict in order to avoid unintentional bias. Participants will learn techniques to address various cultural issues in mediation. This workshop includes exercises, theory, and practical strategies. The instructors have extensive experience with conflict in multicultural settings.

Note: Fulfills NVMS certificate requirements for: Federal Workplace Mediation, Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution and Family Mediation

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process

Trainers: Alma Jadallah, Ph.D. and/or Julia Morelli, MA 

Course Fee: $295 early bird (30 day avanced registration & payment)/ $345 late registration

2015: March 25 (Washington DC)/ September 15

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm 

CME: 7.5 hours general or family

MCLE: 5

 

Mediating Complex, Multiparty and Workplace Cases

Complex and multiparty cases introduce issues of power, structure, and dynamics that can challenge mediators. This workshop covers the skills and approaches needed to work with a combination of multiple parties, attorneys, substantive experts and complex issues. The instructors are experience mediators of complex cases, including EEOC civil rights and other business, federal, and workplace disputes.

Fulfills NVMS certificate requirements for: Federal Workplace Mediation 

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process

Trainers: Jim Pope, MSW, JD 

Course Fee: $445 early bird (30 days before training start date) / $495 late registration

2015: May 14-15/ September 17-18

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm first day, 8:30am-12:45pm second day

CME: pending

MCLE: pending

 

Mediator Graduate School: Shared Experiences and Practices

You’ve taken basic mediation skills courses, and you’ve had at least some (and perhaps considerable) experience mediating.  Now is the time to come together with peers and a highly experienced group leader to discuss successful practices, ask questions, share information, and analyze “difficult cases.”  In addition, this session will provide extensive handouts and information on overcoming impasse, caucusing, trust-building in mediation, dealing with money demands and apologies, and other relevant subjects.  We also will explore common ethical issues related to self-determination, impartiality and confidentiality.   

Pre-requisite: Mediation Experience.

Trainer: John Settle, MPA, JD

Course Fee:  $295 early bird (30 day early registration & payment)/ $345 late registration

2015: April 20/ September 21

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm 

CME: 6 hrs. General and 2 hrs. Ethics

 

The Art of Questions: What to Ask and When to Ask It

This training is intended for mediators and conflict managers handling public, private and Federal workplace disputes who want to improve their dispute resolution skills. Areas of skill-building include improving questioning techniques, analyzing and evaluating situations where the parties are at impasse, resolving deadlocks, and using alternate approaches for handling evaluative and distributive disputes. It includes short lectures, scripted scenarios, videos and exercises, and “fishbowl” role-plays. The trainer will discuss how to employ mediation skills to address workplace discord that prior to the formal complaint/grievance process. 

Note: Fulfills NVMS certificate requirements for: Federal Workplace Mediation, Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution and Family Mediation

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or relevant mediation experience

Trainer: Jonathan Kaufmann, JD

Course Fee: $295 early bird (30 days before training start date)/ $345 late registration

2015: May 7 (Fairfax, VA)/ October 7 (Washington DC)

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm 

CME: 8 hours general or 3.75 hours family

 

Virginia Mediator Ethics

Ethical standards provide an essential framework for the practice of mediation. This workshop uses scenarios and discussion to examine the Virginia Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators.

Note: Meets the 2 hour ethics requirement for Virginia Mediator recertification at all levels. 

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process

Trainer: Jeannette Twomey, JD

Course fee: $135 early bird (30 day early registration & payment)/ $185 late registration

2015: May 6/ October 14

Time: 7-9pm

CME: 2 hours ethics

MCLE: 2(2)

Mentoring New Mediators

This workshop provides instruction in the principles and techniques of working with, evaluating, and giving constructive feedback to apprentice mediators. This workshop meets the new mentor training requirements.

Note: Required for anyone pursuing Mentor Mediator Certification in Virginia

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process, having been re-certified at least once at the level you are seeing certification, and completion of a minimum of 10 cases and 30 hours of mediation at the court level you are seeking certification.  

Trainers: Jeannette Twomey, JD, and Jim Meditz, MA

Course Fee: $215 early bird (30 day early registration & payment)/ $265 late registration

2015: Will be scheduled once enough participants express interest.

Time: 8:30am - 4pm 

CME: 4 hrs. General

 

The 360 Neutral: Finding Your Voice

Neutrals come in a variety of types – mediators, facilitators, arbitrators, coaches, organizational development specialists, consultants, trainers, etc. All of these roles share some underlying similarities. The fact is, the world is inundated with mediators, and demand their services is not nearly as great as the supply of well-intentioned third parties. This course focuses on helping people who want to make a career out of “conflict resolution”. Specifically, it is designed to help practitioners better define their voice and specific value added as third parties. This course is designed around helping practitioners build a more rounded 360 practice.

Trainer: Pete Swanson

Course Fee: $295 early bird (30 day early registration & payment)/ $345 late registration

2015: March 10/ June 30/ October 20

Time: 8:30am - 4pm 

 

 

 

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