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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-profit sectors, 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 $900 per participant, we are offering a discounted rate for the 2021 course dates. Plus, registrants receive a one-year membership to NMA. If you are already a member, your membership expiration date will be extended by 12 months.

  • $675 for individual registrants
  • $645 per registrant for organizations sending multiple participants to the training

Training Dates for the August/September 2021 Livestream  (Registrants must attend every session.)
•Tues Aug 17, 12 noon to 1 p.m. CT
•Wed Aug 18, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Thurs Aug 19, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Wed Sept 1, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Thurs, Sept 2, 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. We are working to develop some asynchronous modules for the April and August/September dates that may allow us to shorten the training days. 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 the one-hour check-in session, registrants will need to have downloaded Zoom.

Register now for basic mediation training.
August/September session will close August 8 or when the training reaches capacity.

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