2019 Course Catalog

NVMS has been providing skill-building courses for professionals and new mediators for over 25 years. Our highly interactive courses are approved by the Supreme Court of
Virginia and the Virginia Bar.

 

COURSES REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION

 Mediation Skills and Process (basic mediation training)

This interactive 3.5-day basic mediation training lays the foundation for anyone interested in becoming a certified mediator or enhancing their conflict resolution skills. The training combines theory and practice to teach participants the fundamental concepts and skills of facilitative mediation including interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving.
Applies to: General District Court, Circuit Court Civil, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Court Family certifications
CME: 16; CLE: 19 (0.5)

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: February 26-March 1, April 9-12, July 12-13 and 19-20 (Friday-Saturday over two weekends), September 10-13, November 12-15

 Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System

This course is essential for mediators who practice in Virginia, as it gives an overview of the Virginia judicial system and court-referred mediation programs. Topics include the structure of civil and criminal court systems, the nature of due process, the role of court personnel, and consideration of mediation as an appropriate ADR process. Interactive exercises engage participants and reinforce the material.
Applies to: General District Court, Circuit Court Civil, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Court Family 
CME: 4; CLE: 3.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2018: November 30
2019: April 26, November 22

 Mediation Practicum: Civil Cases

This workshop provides mediators an intensive highly-interactive experience to reinforce and build their mediation skills. It is designed to be a bridge from the classroom to the hands-on practice of mediation for those who have recently completed basic training as well as a refresher for those already practicing.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
Applies to: Observation requirement for the General District Court Certification
CME: 16; CLE: 12

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: April 29-30, October 2-3

 Family Mediation Skills

This workshop looks at family systems, the mediation of divorce, separation, custody and support matters, and related laws. This workshop prepares participants for the family mediation arena, where a high level of specialized expertise is expected by clients, judges, and attorneys.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
Applies to: Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family
CME: 16; CLE: 18.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: June 27-29

 Domestic Violence Assessment

Participants will learn how to identify a history of domestic violence, how to recognize behaviors incompatible with mediation, and how to address the repercussions of terminating or continuing in mediation.
Pre-requisite: Family Mediation Skills or 20-hour basic family mediation training
Applies to: Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family
CME: 8; CLE: 7

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: July 9

 Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce

This course uses a step-by-step approach to understand the distribution of assets and debts, retirement funds, bankruptcy, spousal support, tax issues, and related forms and agreements. Instructors include well-known attorneys and mediators, and a certified financial planner.
Pre-requisite: Family Mediation Skills or 20-hour basic family mediation training
Applies to: Circuit Court Family
CME: 12; CLE: 8

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: August 23-24

 Family Mediation Practicum

Participants review the family mediation process, observe demonstrations and practice several case scenarios. Role-play scenarios provide participants with invaluable practice and feedback from seasoned mentor mediators.
Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or  20-hour basic family mediation training
Applies to: Completes observation requirements for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family certifications
CME: 16; CLE: 14

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: August 2-3

 Mentoring New Mediators

This workshop provides instruction in the principles and techniques of working with, evaluating, and giving constructive feedback to apprentice mediators. This workshop meets the new mentor training requirements.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training, completed at least one re-certification cycle and 30 hours in mediation
CME: 4

For more information and to register, select your session below:
2019: TBA

 

FUNDAMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS

The following courses will support participants in building a strong grounding into Alternative Dispute Resolution principles, processes, and skills. These workshops benefit those interested in applying mediation, facilitation, coaching, and negotiation skills in the workplace, community and their personal lives, and those interested in becoming professional mediators.

Classes apply to Federal Workplace Mediation and Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution certificates and Virginia re-certification requirements. 

 Mediation Skills and Process (basic mediation training)

This interactive 3.5-day basic mediation training lays the foundation for anyone interested in becoming a certified mediator or enhancing their conflict resolution skills. The training combines theory and practice to teach participants the fundamental concepts and skills of facilitative mediation including interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving.
CME: 16; CLE: 19 (0.5)

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2018: November 13-16
2019: February 26-March 1, April 9-12, July 12-13 and 19-20, September 10-13, November 12-15

 Negotiation Skills

Starting from a footing in theory and research, this course mainly provides attendees with skills and techniques for practicing the art and science of persuasion and negotiation. While focusing on the “interest-based” approach, this course also provides an understanding of how to meet the “hard-bargainer” and the difficult people and challenging situations you face in your work and your life.
CME: 8; CLE: 7

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: March 30, August 14

 Facilitation and Group Consensus Building

In this core facilitation skills workshop, participants master the techniques and skills necessary to professionally structure, facilitate and build consensus within meetings, conferences, and multiparty decision-making groups. Effective group collaboration is a key 21st-century skill set.
CME: 8

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2019: May 1-2, October 8-9

 Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice (RJ) enables all parties affected by offenses to ensure accountability, address the full harm caused by the offenses, and strengthen interpersonal and community relationships. In this interactive 2-day course, participants will learn and practice key skills in RJ conference facilitation, restorative approaches to addressing harm, engaging stakeholders, managing emotional responses, and facilitating agreements to repair harm.
CME: 8

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: June 18-19

 Powerful Coaching

Powerful Coaching is about conversation at its best. Powerful Coaching is applicable to self, one-on-one work, two parties, and small groups. This course will teach participants profound coaching tools, provide solid practice opportunities, and offer a safe place to explore and experience the powerful impact of giving and receiving coaching.
CME: 4

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: April 24, October 22

 How We Think: Hidden Barriers to Conflict Resolution

According to the studies, our brains are hard-wired to argue, seek revenge, and impede rational decision-making. They cause people to take excessive risks, to reject proposals that are in their best interests, and to reinforce their erroneous assumptions despite compelling contrary data. This workshop is a fascinating look at brain science and the challenge of overcoming human nature.
CME: 4; CLE: 3.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: March 21 (evening), August 28

 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Beyond Mediation

This workshop provides an up-to-date look at ADR methods, applications, sources of information, and how to use and participate effectively in ADR. This workshop is invaluable to those looking to pursue in-depth training, certification, or any of the NVMS professional certificate programs.
CME: 4; CLE: 3.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: June 11

 Solution Focused Problem Solving

This intensive course takes a conflict analysis approach to the consultative process. This workshop is designed for conflict management practitioners who engage in the diagnosis, management, and resolution of complex organizational problems. Participants will learn a framework for assessing organizational conflict, strategies, and tools to facilitate change.
CME: 8

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: September 26

 Civility in the Workplace

Recent Civility in the Workplace surveys have reported that 38 percent of workers believe the workplace is becoming more disrespectful, and that 67 percent believe there is a strong need for civility training. More than three-quarters of respondents said that their commitment to their employer had waned, and 12 percent even quit because of the bad treatment. Civility in the Workplace helps organizations and individuals develop a culture of shared trust and respect by understanding why civility is important, identifying what makes a behavior be perceived as civil or uncivil, and creating strategies, policies, and procedures to prevent and deal with uncivil behavior.
CME: 4

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: April 23, September 17

 Non-Violent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a process, designed by Dr. Rosenberg that involves language, thought, communication and a commitment to a certain use of power. In this session, you will learn the types of thinking and language that alienates us from one another. You will be introduced to the NVC process, which can guide us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others, and how we can resolve conflicts using a four-step model.
CME: 8

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: March 26

 Building Trust and Overcoming Distrust

Noted writer Stephen Covey described trust as the one thing that changes everything. This program will explore what trust is and its critical role in personal and organizational dynamics and offer specific, practical ways to build and/or rebuild trust when it is broken.
CME: TBA

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: May 16

 

ADVANCED MEDIATION TRAINING

Advanced practice workshops are designed for experienced mediators who seek to enhance their knowledge and expertise through a more intensive study of theory and practice.

Classes apply to Federal Workplace Mediation and Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution certificates and Virginia re-certification requirements.

 Considering Cultural Issues in Mediation

This workshop explores culture as an important variable in mediation. Awareness of cultural factors is critical to understand and address conflict in order to avoid unintentional bias. Participants will learn techniques to address various cultural issues in mediation. This workshop includes exercises, theory, and practical strategies. The instructors have extensive experience with conflict in multicultural settings.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 7.5; CLE: 5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: May 21, September 27

 Mediating EEO and Workplace Disputes

Equal employment opportunity and workplace disputes often involve multiple interrelated grievances. Effective mediators of these disputes must understand and respond to both the explicit and implicit issues raised. This workshop is an in-depth, hands-on training about the special aspects of mediating public and private sector employment disputes. The course provides information about discrimination, ethics, system design, and intake issues facing federal and other sectors in a clear and thought-provoking way.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 7.75 and 1 Ethics; CLE: 6.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: May 7, September 25

 Mediating Complex and Multiparty Civil Cases

Complex and multiparty cases introduce issues of power, structure, and dynamics that can challenge mediators. This workshop covers the skills and approaches needed to work with a combination of multiple parties, attorneys, substantive experts and complex issues. The instructors are experienced mediators of complex cases, including EEOC civil rights and other business, federal, and workplace disputes.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 8; CLE: 6.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: September 19

 Preparing Memoranda and Agreements

One of the last acts in a successful mediation is the drafting of an agreement or memorandum of understanding. No matter how informal the mediation, a written document helps parties develop shared meaning and reality-test the terms of their agreement. This workshop will develop participants’ skills in preparing documents for parties, counsel, and court. It includes practical tips, hands-on practice, and a discussion of the ethical and unauthorized practice of law issues.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 4; CLE: 3.5

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: August 9

 Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) for Conflict Resolution Practitioners

The SDI is based on a learning model for effectively and accurately understanding the motives behind behavior and illuminates the reasons for parties’ actions – going beyond behavior to reveal the driving motivations. When mediators recognize the unique motivation of the parties, and themselves, within the context of mediation, they greatly enhance their ability to assist the parties in communicating more effectively, handling conflict more productively and reaching a resolution. Interactive exercises engage participants and reinforce the concepts.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 8; CLE: 6.5

For additional information and or register, select your session below:
2019: May 8

 Mediator Graduate School

You’ve taken basic mediation skills courses, and you’ve had at least some (and perhaps considerable) experience mediating. Now is the time to come together with peers and a highly experienced group leader to discuss successful practices, ask questions, share information, and analyze difficult cases. In addition, this session will provide extensive handouts and information on overcoming the impasse, caucusing, trust-building in mediation, dealing with money demands and apologies, and other relevant subjects. We also will explore common ethical issues related to self-determination, impartiality, and confidentiality.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 6 and 2 Ethics; CLE: Pending

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: July 31

 Virginia Mediator Ethics

Ethical standards provide an essential framework for the practice of mediation. This workshop uses scenarios and discussion to examine the Virginia Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators.
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training
CME: 2 Ethics; CLE: 2 Ethics

For additional information and to register, select your session below:
2019: September 26


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