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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. Our prior participants have included ombudspeople, collaborative coaches, family business consultants, non-profit staff and other professionals who work with conflict.


  • 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;


The learning addresses the practical, theoretical and personal dimensions of integrating an understanding based perspective into your practice. Training at the Center 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 quote – “Exceeded my expectations 1,000 fold. Well organized. Clear teaching and facilitation. Clear materials. So much information for such a short period of time.”


The program is open to attorneys as well as other professionals working to integrate the principles of mediation into their practice. For continuing legal education purposes, the Mediation Intensive Training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


The Center for Understanding in Conflict, as the Center for Mediation in Law, has been certified as follows:

  • In California, as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education by the State Bar of California. The Mediation Intensive Training will qualify for MCLE credit in the amount of 40 hours (8 hours Legal Ethics and 1 hour Elimination of Bias).
The Center is an approved provider with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 3061). This course meets the qualifications for 40 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


The program fee is $1,350, plus the facilities fee described below. An early bird discount of $100 applies if you register 30 days prior to a program.  There is an additional facilities fee described below, which varies depending upon the housing option chosen.


The Mediation Intensive Training is conducted in Northern California at Green Gulch Farm, located in Marin County, a rustic and unique facility within walking distance of Muir Beach and the Pacific Ocean.. We recommend you stay at the facility to maximize your learning.

Facilities Fee:  If staying at the facility, housing costs (which include meals) are as follows: Private room-$650 or Shared room-$450. If commuting, the fee is $200. For more information, go to


The trainings begin on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm through 9:00pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday the sessions run from 9am – 9pm (with ample breaks for meals and rest). The program wraps up on Sunday with a session from 9am – 12noon.


Participants will be accepted in order of registration. We will confirm your reservation as soon as you are placed in the program. Class sizes are limited to facilitate individual learning. Due to the interdependent nature of learning, attendance at the entire program is necessary.

Either download and print the Mail-In Registration Form or fill out the form to the right to register online.

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