Frequently asked questions
What kind of training programs do you offer?
We offer several beginner, advanced, and specialized programs—from hour long webinars to 40 hour basic trainings to advanced programs.
What kind of advanced training do you offer?
We offer advanced trainings on support and development programs, racial bias, self reflection for conflict professionals, and other programs on specialized topics. We offer an ADR practice development workshop once a year as well. A list of upcoming programs is available here: https://understandinginconflict.org/events/.
What is your training like?
Our teachers use experiential learning for all programs. For our basic training, faculty introduce concepts in short lectures (15-20 min), followed by an activity for learners to practice the new concepts. We use a mix of methods, including roleplays, journaling, meditation, self reflection and discussions. We also have breaks approximately every 90 minutes.
How many people participate in your training?
Our classes range from 12 – 24 participants. Webinars can have up to 100 participants.
Do I receive any Continuing Legal Education credits from participating in your trainings?
Our basic mediation training fulfills 40 Continuing Legal Education credit hours in California and New York. In order to receive credit, you have to participate in all 40 hours of the training. We do not offer partial credit.
Do you certify mediators?
Please check your state or country’s requirements for mediation certification. Our trainings offer Continuing Legal Education credit in California and New York. Our program is also Part 146 approved 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.)
Are you Part 146 approved? (New York)
Our basic mediation training is Part 146 approved 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.)
Can you recommend a mediator?
We can. Send us your name, location, and general issue at hand and we will provide a referral to a certified conflict resolution and mediation specialist.
What is the Understanding-Based Model?
Our Understanding-based model developed out of a desire to support persons in conflict to work through their conflict together and has been broadly applied in the legal, professional, and personal world for nearly 40 years in institutions and practices across the world. Our six underlying concepts include: develop understanding, let parties own the conflict, proceed by agreement, go beneath the problem, allow tension, and support autonomy and honor connection.