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Mastering the Fundamentals Mediation Certificate Program
June 5 - June 11
June 5-7 & 10-11, 2019 (8:30 – 6 PM)
40 MCLE credits, including 1.5 hrs Elimination of Bias and 2 hrs Legal Ethics
This comprehensive mediation training provides a unique blend of mediation theory, hands-on mediation skills training and an exploration of the sensibilities and personal qualities required to be an effective mediator. We welcome those with no previous mediation training or experience, as well as experienced mediators who wish to enhance their effectiveness. This course will also be useful for any attorney who represents clients in mediation to understand the mediation process and to be more effective in representing clients in mediation. We also encourage participation of international attorneys, notaries and Hastings LL.M. students.
In this highly interactive and dynamic class, participants from around the world learn the theory and practice of mediation. The class methodology consists of a mixture of discussion, skill building exercises and role play. All participants will have the opportunity to practice multiple times in the client, advocate and mediator roles and will receive personalized feedback and coaching from professional mediators.
We start with the psychology and behavior of people in conflict and the different process choices parties can make when seeking to resolve conflict. We examine the different styles or models of mediation and the implications of those models for the client experience. We then explore and practice every phase of a mediation, from opening and setting the stage, to exploration of interests and issues, negotiating agreements, preparation of settlement documents and closure.
Combined with the practice of these phases, participants build critical communication and process management skills including how to:
• maintain neutrality
• balance power
• select appropriate influencing strategies
• decide whether, when and how to use private sessions (“caucus”)
• facilitate the “money dance”
• conduct a methodical alternatives analysis
• employ techniques for overcoming impasse.
• convey “difficult” messages
• use active listening
• ask questions to move the clients in helpful directions
• handle difficult behavior and “reframe” problematic statements
Finally, we cover mediator ethics, process confidentiality, working with representatives and co-mediation.
Standard Registration Fee – $1,600
Early Bird Registration (ends March 15, 2019) – $1,200
Alumni Discount – $1,200
Prices include light breakfast and afternoon snack.
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