Mediation Practicum: Federal and Commercial Role-Play

Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

This workshop provides workplace and commercial mediators the opportunity to observe and debrief simulated mediations. Participants will also reinforce their mediation skills by practicing within a variety of scenarios. The emphasis of these role-plays is on typical federal workplace and commercial/ civil litigation cases. The instructors are Virginia Certified Mentor Mediator with extensive experience in instructing up-coming mediators.

Note: Fulfills the Observation requirements for the Virginia General District Court Mediator CertificationVirginia General District Court Mediator Certification


Course Agenda

Day 1

Review mediation process, skills, and questions

Mediation demonstration #1 (live)

Orientation to mediation and explaining the Agreement to Participate

Listening activity: Facts, emotions, values

Role-play simulation #1

Day 2

Mediation demonstration #2 (video)

Role-play simulation #2

Reframing and What Would You Do?

Role-play simulation #3


About the Instructor

James R. Meditz, MA

Jim Meditz is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator.  He also provides services as a facilitator, instructor/trainer, consultant, and conflict management coach for diverse clients, including cases before Virginia courts; parties in employment and EEO disputes; and commercial and community entities.  He is a current member and past president of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Section.  In addition to the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, he is on the rosters of colleagues’ organizations and federal agencies.  Mr. Meditz has a Master of Arts in International Relations, Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He is a graduate of the National War College, (National Defense University, Washington, DC) and the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, VA).  He received special training in Problem Solving in Organizations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and EEO matters, family business issues, conflict coaching, and in management and other subjects during his federal career.