Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Advanced Mediation Training for Mediators

The fabulous Community Boards Conflict Resolution Services of San Francisco is well known among practicing mediators as well as many members of the community who have used Community Boards' no-cost and low-cost mediation services to resolve their disputes (which include neighbor disputes, family feuds, roommate problems, landlord & tenant disputes, parent & child issues, fences, pets, tree maintenance, vandalism, etc.).

Many mediators started their mediation training at Community Boards through their Basics of Mediation courses and became panel mediators for Community Boards. Now, Community Boards is offering Advanced Mediation Trainings which build on all the skills mediators learned in The Basics and offer strategies for both community and non-community based mediations. This means that professional mediators can work to improve their skills as mediators in their fields and interact with other professional mediators.

I am very excited about this training in part because I'm one of the trainers and I think this is a much-needed course. But I'm also excited because the Community Boards model and techniques that are taught in The Basics are so valuable in every mediation I conduct, that to be able to build on those techniques and skills as a mediator and to work with all the amazing talent at Community Boards while doing it, is really just an ideal situation for all mediators!

Here's info for the one-day course, "Advanced Settlements & Complex Mediations" (Saturday, August 16 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
*Advanced Settlement Strategies *Techniques for Breaking Impasse
*"Dealing with Dollars” in Negotiations *When and How to Use Caucus
*Complex Mediations *Multi-party Mediations *Managing Mediations with Third Parties

The workshops will combine short lectures, group discussions and role play practices. Additionally, there will be a BYOP (“Bring Your Own Problems”) working lunch for participants to ask the trainers for their input and expertise. The training will conclude with a “Building Confidence, Demonstrating Competence” session. Lunch is provided.

Go to and click on trainings and scroll through the Basics and Mediation Masters and Refresher Course Trainings and go to Advanced Mediation Training for more information about the course and the trainers. Or go to Happy mediating!

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