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Training Sessions

Advanced Seminar Series: Support and Development Groups, Fall 2014: Westchester

(Sep. 1, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015)

New Rochelle, New York

The Center regularly offers Support and Development groups in Westchester for those who have completed our Mediation Intensive. The focus of these groups is on integrating the Understanding-based model into participants’ work with conflict resolution in a manner that is authentic to the individual professionals. MORE »

Advanced Seminar Series: Support and Development Groups, Fall 2014: New York City

(Sep. 1, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015)

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The Center regularly offers monthly Support and Development groups in New York City near Grand Central for those who have completed our Mediation Intensive Training. The focus of these groups is on integrating the Understanding-based model into participants’ work with conflict resolution in a manner that is authentic to the individual professionals. MORE »

Mediation Intensive Training, Northern California

(Nov. 5, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014)

Muir Beach, CA

The Mediation Intensive Training provides both experienced mediators and those new to the field with the perspective and skills necessary to work within the Center's model of mediation. MORE »

Advanced Training Program: Conflict and the Role of the Professional

(Nov. 21, 2014)

Muir Beach, CA

In this seminar, participants learn the ways that conflict professionals can open the process of communication between the parties. To accomplish this, professionals must learn actively to understand each party without allowing their own biases or preferences to impede that effort. This sense of “positive neutrality” is essential to the conflict professional truly being able to help. MORE »

Mediation Intensive Training: New York

(Dec. 3, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014)

Ossining, NY

The Mediation Intensive Training provides both experienced mediators and those new to the field with the perspective and skills necessary to work within the Center’s model of mediation. Participants learn what it takes to shift from a stance of advocacy to one of mediation – for professionals and parties alike. The program is open to attorneys as well as other professionals working to integrate the principles of mediation into their practice or work-- including ombuds-persons, business consultants, collaborative professionals non-profit staff and other professionals who work with conflict. MORE »

Mediation Intensive Training, Northern California

(Mar. 4, 2015 - Mar. 8, 2015)

Muir Beach, CA

Our basic introduction to our model of mediation. This 40 hour program satisfies continuing legal education requirements in California and other states. MORE »

Mediation Intensive Training: New York

(Mar. 25, 2015 - Mar. 29, 2015)

Ossining, NY

The Mediation Intensive Training provides both experienced mediators and those new to the field with the perspective and skills necessary to work within the Center’s model of mediation. Participants learn what it takes to shift from a stance of advocacy to one of mediation – for professionals and parties alike. The program is open to attorneys as well as other professionals working to integrate the principles of mediation into their practice or work-- including ombuds-persons, business consultants, collaborative professionals non-profit staff and other professionals who work with conflict. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Reaching an agreement to mediate;
  • Establishing parties’ responsibility for decisions;
  • Working with attorneys and other professionals.
  • Supporting each party’s autonomy while encouraging mutuality;
  • Understanding fully each party’s point of view while remaining neutral;
  • Dealing with conflict by enhancing understanding;
  • Employing analytic skills in clarifying issues and goals;
  • Integrating the law;
  • Generating bases for decision other than law;
  • Developing creative options that address differing needs and interests;
METHODS AND OUTCOMES: The learning addresses the practical, theoretical and personal dimensions of integrating an understanding based perspective into your practice. The training combines presentations, teacher demonstrations, case simulations and discussions. Concise briefings introducing the five stage model and tools of the Understanding Based Approach alternate with demonstrations and role-plays designed to immerse the participants in the mediation process. Central to the learning are real to life simulations in which the participants work through mediations from beginning to end. Each participant has the opportunity to role-play, in turn, mediator and party. They have a chance to apply the concepts and skills introduced in the briefings, and to experience the emotional challenges faced by parties in dispute. Participants have described these different modes of learning and their interplay as enjoyable as they are engaging and rewarding. PARTICIPANT QUOTES: “This program has changed me as an individual and will forever change the way I manage conflict, personally and professionally.” Catherine Hannibal, Attorney, Mediation Works, Brooklyn, NY “The program teaches more than just new skills.  It teaches a new way of thought and approach to conflict -- inside and outside the court room.  I received a profound sense of renewal, consideration and gratitude.” Adam Halper, Attorney, The Family Center, New York, NY “It is very gratifying to see how respectful and honoring this process is with the same or better results than other mediation processes.” Darci D'Ercole, Deputy Director, Leadership Development, New York State School Boards Association, Latham, NY “Jack, Gary and Katherine have given me the most fulfilling and extraordinary experience both personally and professionally and I will always be grateful.” Nancy Kellman, Attorney, Nancy D. Kellman Law, White Plains, NY “The program for me was life-changing.  It was the tipping point at which I realized this was my avocation not just a vocation!”  Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Attorney, Hamilton Law & Mediation, PLLC, Armonk, NY "Having had well over 100 hours of previous training, I feared this program might cover too much familiar ground. Those fears vanished within the first 20 minutes and were replaced with the thrill of discovering a richer, deeper mode of mediating.”   Steven M. Rabinowitz Mediator/Lawyer Pryor Cashman, LLP, NYC WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This program is for conflict resolution professionals who work with persons and/OR organizations in conflict -- including mediators, attorneys, ombuds-persons, collaborative practitioners, business consultants, and other professionals who work with conflict and who wish to integrate the principles of mediation into their practice. TRAINERS: Gary Friedman and Jack Himmelstein, with Antoinette Delruelle, Barry Berkman and others. CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT AND NEW YORK COURTS CERTIFICATION (SECTION 146): The Center for Understanding in Conflict, as the Center for Mediation in Law, has been certified as follows: In New York, as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. The Mediation Intensive Training will fulfill 40 NY MCLE credit hours (6.5 Ethics credits; 19.5 Professional Practice credits; and 14 Skills credits).  For continuing legal education purposes, the Mediation Intensive Training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. The Center program has been approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.) The Center for Understanding in Conflict is an accredited provider of California Continuing Legal Education.  The Mediation Intensive Training —appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys — will qualify for 40 CA MCLE credit hours. FEES: The program fee is $1,350 (with $100 early registration discount if registering 30 days or more prior to the training.) A deposit of $500.00 is necessary to secure registration.  (Reduction in fee available based on economic need.)  Cost for lodging and meals is additional.  Single room $780, Double room $560, Commuter (including meals) $380.  Please email us at training.ny@understandinginconflict.org for details. LOCATION: The training will be held at Bailey Farms (www.baileyfarms.org) a residential retreat center in Millwood, NY (Westchester County) under one hour driving time from NYC. SCHEDULE: The training begins on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm  through 9:00pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the sessions run from 9am – 9pm (with ample breaks for meals and rest). The program ends on Sunday with a session from 9am – 12noon. For additional information, please email us at training.ny@understandinginconflict.org . MORE »

Advanced Training Program: Endgame, April 2015

(Apr. 10, 2015)

Muir Beach, CA

This course is an advanced training focusing on the issues and challenges faced by conflict professionals during the final stages of working out an agreement. MORE »

Advanced Training Program: Power Imbalance, November 2015

(Nov. 20, 2015)

Muir Beach, CA

Power imbalances are inevitable in conflict. This program will explore the following: - Recognizing power imbalances and the elements that comprise them. - Understanding how conflict professionals can assist the parties in effectively addressing power imbalances and the limitations on dealing with power imbalances. MORE »