Ideally, mediation can be given an unlimited amount of time, effort, and patience in order to achieve positive outcomes for the parties. Unfortunately, the situations that we (and our parties) face are often less than ideal. Can mediation still be an effective tool in a short timeframe, with little opportunity for pre-work and multiple sessions? It can, if it’s done right! This training explores the best practices for making mediation work quickly without compromising its principles, and acknowledges the limits that we simply can’t exceed if we are to offer a quality process. You CAN get from referral to agreement in thirty minutes; but it isn’t easy.
This training goes back to Community Mediation's facilitative roots and builds skills without sacrificing quality or compromising core values. The skills and ideas that make up this training were developed by volunteers and staff performing real mediations at municipal courts under intense time pressures, and this training has been an Advanced Regional Training delivered statewide for several years. The training includes a central role-play component to allow participants to practice and sharpen new skills with immediate feedback.
Neutrals who complete this training become a resource for building a relationship with local courts, creating a potential referral source for community cases.
The training is eight hours, and the standard fee is $1,400 plus expenses.