Developing the mediators and professionals of today since 1990.

How we approach conflict and go about preventing it from happening in the first place can make all the difference between negative, destructive results or positive, productive ones. Conflict resolution skills are invaluable in our personal lives, at work and in our communities. They give us the power to make a choice about our own behavior, the insight to better control difficult interactions with others and the ability to act as a neutral third party in assisting others in resolving their disputes.

Conflict can be managed and used productively.

Your spouse or children will not always see eye to eye with you or with each other. You and your co-worker down the hall will have different ideas on how to implement a project. It’s inevitable. Having the skills to confidently hold difficult conversations, disagree constructively, communicate effectively and manage conflict is one of the biggest assets for individuals and businesses.

Our training is designed to engage you and teach you fundamental skills in dealing with conflict, improving communication to promote healthy personal and working relationships. The skills we teach you will enhance any position you hold now and in your future career.

Conflict resolution skills are highly valued by employers. Through our programs, your confidence will grow as you learn the skills to identify, prevent and resolve conflicts before they negatively impact your organization and your own life.

Programs At-A-Glance

NVMS has been designing and delivering intensive skill-based workshops on collaborative practices since 1990. Our instructors average 20 years of experience working with individuals to resolve conflicts in a variety of settings. They understand conflict resolution processes and the role of interveners. Past participants in our programs have been able to apply their conflict resolution skills in their positions as students, teachers, social workers, EEO managers/specialists, HR managers/specialists, current and former federal employees, active military, attorneys, psychologists, judges, etc.

Full Program or Individual Classes

Courses can be taken as part of a certificate program or on a individual basis.

  NVMS Certificates Court Certification (VA)
 Areas of Focus 

 Federal Workplace  Mediation

 Organizational  Development
 & Conflict Resolution

 Family Mediation

 General District Court 

 Juvenile & Domestic  Relations 

 Circuit Court Family 

 Program Structure  Skill-based training  Skill-based training and  mentorship
 Jurisdiction / Recognition  Nation-wide  State of Virginia
 Time frame to Complete   1 year
 (Must complete in 5  years.)
 9 months
(Must complete in 2  years.)
 Cost  $2,900 – $4,500  $1,610 – $3,740
 Use  Resume builder,  recognized
nation-wide,  transferable
 Ability to accept court-  referred cases in the state of Virginia, transferable to a degree
 Who Should Attend   Federal employees
HR Specialists
EEO Specialists

 Those who wish to work  with the Courts in  Virginia


 Recertification   None  Every 2 years
(Advanced training and  5 mediations)

Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience required to begin.

After the Training – Advanced Courses

Practitioners who have completed basic training may continue to develop their knowledge and skills and earn Continuing Mediator Education (CME) and Mandatory Legal Education (MCLE) credits through our advanced courses.

Monday Night Forums (MNF) – Peer-to-Peer Shared Learning 

A monthly in-service training program covering special topics that provide learning opportunities and a great place to network with others. Topics include mediation practices, ethics, theory, and collaborative processes.
When: 4th Monday evening of select months (Full schedule)
Note: Select sessions are certified for CME and CLE credits. 

Financial Assistance

The Susan Shearouse Scholarship awards financial assistance to individuals who have a vision and enthusiasm for assisting people in resolving their differences in a collaborative ways. For information on how to apply, click here.

Want to get started? 

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