Getting Started


Interested in the field of mediation but not sure where to begin? Below is a list of workshops past participants found invaluable to getting started.


Careers in Mediation

There is no single or simple path to becoming a mediator. Careers often combine mediation practice, training, and program design in the arenas of government agencies, courts, nonprofits, schools, and private practices. Many of those with successful careers in mediation and conflict resolution have applied a variety of strategies to get there. In this lively and interactive program, a panel of conflict resolution professionals will share their own career paths and give their candid recommendations for success. Participants will have ample opportunities to ask questions. Those considering a career in the field of conflict resolution have found this to be an invaluable discussion.

The forum is led by a panel of experienced mediators with knowledge of developing independent practices and finding employment in the conflict resolution world.

Time: 7-9pm

Course fee: FREE

2015 Dates: January 22, May 5, August 22

See our "How to Market Your Mediation Practice" video for additional advice on how to begin building a career as a practitioner in the mediation field.


Monday Night Forum

Monday Night Forum (MNF) is a monthly in-service training program delivered by mediators for mediators. Advanced practice topics provide learning opportunities and a great place to network with others. Topics include mediation practices, ethics, theory, and collaborative processes. MNFs are held on teh 4th Monday evening of select months. 

Note: Select MNF may be certified for Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits. 

Time: 7-9pm (7-7:30 networking; 7:30-9 presentation)

For upcoming sessions, click here.

Speaking Opportunity

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Beyond Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is fast becoming a standard resource for lawyers, courts, government agencies, and corporations. This workshop outlines the nature of conflict and general strategies for dealing with conflict. It provides an up-to-date look at ADR methods, applications, sources of information, and how to use and participate effectively in ADR. This workshop is invaluable to those looking to pursue in-depth training, certification, or any of the NVMS professional certificate programs.

Note: fulfills the NVMS certificate requirements for: Federal Workplace Mediation and Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution.

Trainer: Jim Pope, JD

Course fee: $215 early bird (30 days before class) / $265 late registration

2015: March 20/ July 10 

Time: 8:30am - 12:45pm

CME: 4 hrs. general

MCLE: 3.5


How We Think: Cognitive Barriers to Conflict Resolution 

New brain research is revealing the forces at work beneath consciousness that impedes conflict resolution. According to the studies, our brains are hard-wired to argue, seek revenge, and impede rational decision-making. They cause people to take excessive risks, to reject proposals that are in their best interests, and to reinforce their erroneous assumptions despite compelling contrary data.  This workshop is a fascinating look at brain science and the challenge of overcoming human nature.

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

Trainer: Jeannette Twomey, JD

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

2015: June 2/ October 6

Time: 9am - 1pm 

CME: 4 hours general or family

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