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Training & Education

Basic Mediation Training

Basic Mediation Training entails a minimum of 30 instructional hours, generally taught over a four day period. The training is a balance of theory and practice, and focuses on a facilitative style of mediation in which the parties are generally kept in the same room and caucus is a tool within the process. Trainers use diverse teaching methods including classroom-style presentations, demonstration role-plays, videos, active learning exercises, and outside readings. The training addresses specific Nebraska statutes and Nebraska’s ethical standards for mediators. During training, there are several opportunities to role-play simulated mediation sessions. All role players are provided feedback from experienced mediators/coaches in a 4:1 ratio.

Training Components:

  • Overview of conflict theory
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Mediator standards and ethics
  • Models of intervention for conflict situations
  • Communication skills and their effective use in mediation
  • Cross-cultural implications and bias awareness
  • Theory and application of interest-based mediation
  • Theory of interest-based negotiation and relationship to mediation
  • Theory of interest-based mediation and when it can be used effectively
  • Simulation mediation role plays

Who Should Attend — While this training satisfies the statutory requirements of the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act and provides the foundation for those wanting to become mediators, many have taken the training to better develop their communication and negotiation skills. Attendees learn ways to address conflict that can be applied in both their personal and professional lives. If you find yourself assisting others in resolving issues, this training is for you! Past attendees have included HR professionals, and those working in education, law enforcement, healthcare, insurance, government, and non-profitsectors, to name just a few.

Prerequisite — None (This training is the prerequisite for advanced and specialized mediation training.)

Registration — Includes a guided note-taking workbook and mediator quick guide reference booklet.

Regularly $850 per participant for NMA members, we are offering a COVID Discount for fall 2020.

  • $675 for individual registrants (plus $50 NMA membership if not currently a member)
  • $595 organizational discount rate when sending three or more participants from the same organization (plus $140 organizational membership for up to 3 people for organizations that are not currently members; additional people can be added to an organizational membership for $50 each).

Training Dates for the September 2020; Livestream  (Registrants must attend every session.)
• Wed, Sept 2, 12 noon to 1 p.m. CT
• Fri Sept 4, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
• Fri Sept 11, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
• Fri Sept 18, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
• Fri Sept 25, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT

Training days start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Central time. Registrants will need to ensure they have the bandwidth to accommodate sending and receiving both audio and video and have a landline or mobile phone with text available as a backup during the dates listed above. Prior to September 2, registrants will need to downloaded Zoom.

Register now for basic mediation training.
Registration closes when the class hits capacity or August 26, 2020.