During this course, you will learn to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of: Conflict Theory, Negotiation Methods, The Mediation Process, Mediation Techniques, Ethics in Mediation
- Utilize active listening skills to fully understand mediation participants’ positions, interests and concerns.
- Explore methods for developing trust and rapport with mediation participants who are in the midst of conflict; and learning effective methods to resolve conflict.
- Effectively gather information by asking open-ended questions to gather information about the dispute; identifying areas of agreement and areas of discord; and helping parties to prioritize their grievances into topics for negotiation.
- Develop stress-management techniques mediators use to keep themselves from internalizing the negative emotions that can arise during the mediation process.
- Communicate substantive and procedural law to mediation participants in a neutral, non-advisory way; by understanding how mediation fits into the legal system.
- Draft enforceable agreements reflecting terms reached by participants in mediation.
Why should I take this course?
The techniques developed in this course will positively impact the judge’s communication and dispute resolution skills on and off the bench. This is a thorough and interactive, hands-on course that combines theory with practice. Participants act as mediators in simulated sessions and receive feedback on their performance. For those transitioning in their careers, the course provides a solid, practical starting point for becoming a mediator.
Who should attend?
This course is appropriate for any judge of any jurisdiction who will use mediation techniques to resolve disputes. Other court personnel who will serve as court mediators are also welcome to attend.
Who are the members of the faculty?
The faculty are widely recognized mediators who are seasoned instructors.
How is this course taught?
This course utilizes sophisticated role-playing exercises and extremely interactive presentations. The role-playing exercises to allow participants to sit as a mediator in varying situations. You will have the opportunity to play the role of an attorney, a disputant, and an observer during the exercises.
What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?
The use of mediation is burgeoning in the judicial and administrative fields as well as in the private sector. Adjudicators who can effectively settle disputes through the use of mediation will significantly reduce court management costs.
Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.