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Starting out in a new field can be daunting. Here are some resources that past participants have found helpful in deciding next steps.

Careers in Mediation 

There is no single or simple path to becoming a mediator. Careers often combine mediation practice, training, and program design in the arenas of government agencies, courts, nonprofits, schools, and private practices. Many of those with successful careers in mediation and conflict resolution have applied a variety of strategies to get there. In this lively and interactive program, a panel of conflict resolution professionals will share their own career paths and give their candid recommendations for success. Participants will have ample opportunities to ask questions and gain helpful insights.

The forum is led by a panel of experienced mediators with knowledge of developing independent practices and finding employment in the conflict resolution world.

January 28, May 26, August 26, 7-9pm

See our “How to Market Your Mediation Practice” video for additional advice on how to begin building a career as a practitioner in the mediation field.

Monday Night Forum

Monday Night Forum (MNF) is a monthly peer-to-peer program delivered by practitioners for practitioners. Advanced practice topics provide learning opportunities and a great place to network with others. Subjects include mediation practices, ethics, theory, and collaborative processes. Whether you are a practitioner or not, you are welcome to attend and get to know us and our community better.

Select MNF may be certified for Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credits. For upcoming sessions click here.

Generally held on the 4th Monday, 7-9pm (7-7:30 networking; 7:30-9 presentation)
$35 General Admission

ADR: Beyond Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is fast becoming a standard resource for lawyers, courts, schools, government agencies, and corporations. It provides an up-to-date look at ADR processes, applications, sources of information, and how to use and participate effectively in ADR. This workshop is a recommended first step for those looking to pursue in-depth training, certification, or any of the NVMS professional certificate programs.

March 11 or July 8, 2015 8:30am-12:45pm
$215 early bird / $265 late registration

Other Options 
Interview a Practitioner

Can’t make the Careers in Mediation Forum or perhaps you have additional questions you’d like answered? Our mediators are happy to talk about their experiences over a good cup of coffee. Contact us at (703) 865-7261 or for additional information and scheduling.

Observe a Mediation

If you are interested in observing a mediation in order to determine whether mediation is something you wish to pursue, contact us at (703) 865-7262 or

Useful Articles

James Melamed – “So, You Want to be a Mediator?
Topic: Things to consider before becoming a mediator.

Forrest S. Mosten – “Mediation Career Guide
Topic: An excerpt from Mosten’s book which gives a step by step guide to creating a career in Mediation.

Zena Zumeta – “Styles of Mediation: Facilitative, Evaluative, and Transformative Mediation
Topic: The different subsets of mediation and the importance of understanding the pros and cons of each. 

Feel free to contact us with questions.

(703) 865-7261 or