Advance your mediation skills.
The role of the mediator is arduous. It requires a high level of skills, training and knowledge beyond the certification curriculum. Our Advanced mediation courses focus on advancing key skill areas and fulfilling attorney CLE and mediator CME continuing education requirements. These courses provide our trainees with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and become more successful mediators.
Use the code ADCSUM17 to receive $30 off when booking 3 of our 2 or 3-hour Mediation courses at the same time.
Our trainings are held at our offices unless stated otherwise. Registration and a light breakfast or snack is held 15 minutes prior to the start of the course. Light refreshments are provided throughout the training days.
CMG may cancel classes for insufficient registration and issue you a full refund.
Graduate School for Mediators - Rich, Collegial Dialog for Experienced Mediators
Come together with peers and our highly experienced group leader, John Settle, to discuss successful mediation practices, ask questions, share information, and analyze ‘difficult’ cases. This workshop will provide strategies on how to overcome impasse, best practices when using caucus, trust-building, managing money demands, apologies, and other relevant topics. We will also explore common ethical issues related to self-determination, impartiality, and confidentiality. This workshop focuses on ‘best practices’ and traverses specialty areas. It is for experienced mediators.
John Settle, J.D., M.P.A.: John has mediated many workplace disputes for state and federal agencies. He is a senior mediator and trainer for CMG Foundation. In addition, John is a past President for the Virginia Mediation Network and was named ‘Mediator of the Year’ for his services at the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. John also trains widely on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation skills, and ‘best practices’ in leadership and conflict management. He is on the faculty of George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Administration.
Mediator CME 6 hours General/Family; 2 hours Ethics
CLE 5.5 hours, including 1 hour ETHICS
October 24, 2017, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Class is guaranteed to run.
No refund for cancellation after October 17, 2017. Substitutions permitted.
Negotiation Skills-Add the Art and Science To Your Tool Box
Negotiation is the means by which people deal with their conflicts, and an ability to negotiate well is a basic life skill. Yet many people, particularly those involved in conflict, do it poorly. Understanding the basics of negotiation is fundamental to the mediator’s art, the leader’s success, and the attorney’s professional repertoire. This course provides attendees with skills and techniques for practicing the art and science of negotiation and persuasion. It focuses on the 'interest-based' approach, but also shows how to meet the 'hard-bargainer', difficult people and challenging situations.
Mediator CME 8 hours General
October 17, 2017, 8.30am - 5.30pm
This class is guaranteed to run.
No refund for cancellation after October 10, 2017. Substitutions permitted.
Child Support : Beyond the Basics I
This course provides an in-depth study of the Virginia statute on child support (20-108.2). You will gain a clear understanding of the statute and its implications for calculating child support as a mediator. It is recommended for those seeking certification as a family mediator and newly certified family mediators. It also serves as a refresher course for the more experienced mediator to enhance their knowledge and skill, and gain recertification credits.
Mediator cmE 3 HOURS family
December 12, 2017, 2 - 5pm
Child Support : Beyond the Basics II
Through examples and case studies, this course provides the opportunity to practice the more complex child support calculations including, self-employment, disability payments and, the role of DCSE in child support and mediation. Attendees will have the opportunity to review sample income related forms including paystubs, W2, K1 and tax returns, and to review various child support software programs. This is recommended for those seeking certification as a family mediator and newly certified family mediators. It also serves as a refresher course for the more experienced mediator to their enhance knowledge and skill, and gain recertification credits.
mediator cme 3 hours family
TBC January 2018
Child Support : Agreement Drafting
Child support agreements must comply with the statutory requirements. Using case scenarios and exercises, participants learn tips and techniques for drafting clear and comprehensive child support agreements that match these requirements. We look at both written contract format and Form DC-631. We address how to draft agreements that include child support payment and arrearages, and how to show cause. This is recommended for those seeking certification as a family mediator and newly certified family mediators. It also serves as a refresher course for the more experienced mediator to their enhance knowledge and skill, and gain recertification credits.
MEDIATOR CME 3 HOURS family
TBC January 2018
Crafting clear and comprehensive visitation and parenting plans is essential for court enforcement purposes and also to provide parents with a viable roadmap for parenting their child. While each family is different and each plan will be different, this course addresses the key components to be considered when mediating visitation and parenting planning, and how to draft effective agreement clauses. This is recommended for those seeking certification as a family mediator and newly certified family mediators. It also serves as a refresher course for the more experienced mediator to their enhance knowledge and skill, and gain recertification credits.
MEDIATOR CME 3 HOURS FAMILY
TBA September 2017
Impact of Personality and Culture on the Mediation Process
Whether one is mediating a family or non-family case, one of our primary roles as an attorney or mediator is to adapt to ‘who is in the room.’ Understanding parties and their approach to conflict is crucial to achieving a successful resolution. In order to do so, we must also know ourselves and our own personal biases. This program provides an introduction to culture and its impact on both our clients and ourselves as mediators or attorneys. Attendees review the use of standard personality tests such as Myers-Briggs, and have the opportunity to take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, Kilmann Conflict Style Inventory and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory. We discuss the value of the different tests available, and the implications on our practice in both family and civil cases.
MEDIATOR CME 3 HOURS FAMILY/GENERAL
TBA September / October 2017
Domestic violence does not restrict itself to family cases. Domestic violence may be raised as an issue in both family and non-family disputes including neighbor disputes, elder/intergeneration disputes, live-in partner dissolution, same sex partner relationships, family business dissolution to name but a few. As mediators, it is critical to screen all cases for potential issues relating to domestic violence. This ensures the integrity of the mediation process. We should continually assess the appropriateness of mediation throughout the process to determine the most appropriate format. We must also be able to handle situations where domestic violence is raised during the mediation process. This course teaches tips and strategies on how to screen for potential DV issues and how to ensure a safe and neutral mediation environment.
MEDIATOR CME 3 HOURS FAMILY/GENERAL
TBA September / October 2017
Ethics in Mediation for Mediators and Attorneys
As a mediator, we are required to be cognizant not only of the ethical requirements applicable to mediators, but also of our other professional obligations. In this program, we will discuss the ethical requirements pertaining to mediators. We will also take into consideration additional rules that apply to attorneys while serving as a mediator.
This program is designed to be interactive. Attendees will complete a 'quick quiz' at the start of the program and discuss the answers. We will review the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct and Standards of Ethics for Mediators. Hypotheticals will then be posed for discussion based upon to include reference to relevant Legal Ethics Opinions.
MEDIATOR CME 2 HOURS ETHICS
October 3, 2017, 3 - 5pm