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.

Fundamentals

Core skills are the building block of a successful conflict resolution practitioner. Through the courses included in the Fundamentals section, participants will build 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.

Advanced Courses

Advanced practice workshops are designed for the experienced mediator who seeks to enhance his/her knowledge and expertise through a more intensive study of theory and practice.
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or equivalent experience.

Family Mediation

The courses included in the Family Mediation section will assist participants in developing competence in all facets of family mediation practice. Topics covered include issues around child support, custody, visitation, co-parenting, spousal support and division of assets and property.
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or equivalent experience. Select courses may have additional prerequisites.

Workplace Conflict Resolution

NVMS workshops offer a range of collaborative practices to facilitate group and organizational team-building, problem-solving, and productivity.
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or equivalent experience.


Fundamentals

ADR: Beyond Mediation
Instructor: Jim Pope

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is fast becoming a standard resource for lawyers, courts, government agencies, and corporations. This workshop outlines the nature of conflict and general strategies for dealing with conflict. It 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.

4 G CME; 3.5 MCLE
$265 early bird / $315 late registration
2018: June 29
8:30am-12:45pm
How We Think: Hidden Barriers to Conflict Resolution
Instructor: Jeannette Twomey

New brain research is revealing the forces at work beneath consciousness that impedes 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.

4 G or F CME; 3.5 MCLE
$265 early bird / $315 late registration
2018: March 22, August 23
8:30am-12:45pm
Mediation Skills and Process
Instructors: Tracey Cairnie and Jim Pope

This interactive 3 day course teaches practical and effective mediation skills applicable in many areas. Participants will learn and practice key skills in conflict resolution, interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving. This is the same successful workshop we have offered since 1992, taken by thousands of lawyers, therapists, federal, state and local government employees, judges, human resource professionals, teachers, ombudsman, and many others.

20 G CME; 19.0 (0.5) MCLE

2017: $745 early bird / $795 late registration

2018: $895 early bird / $945 late registration

2017: November 1-3
8:30am-5:30pm each day
2018: February 27-March 2; April 10-13;
July 9-12; September 11-14; November 13-16
8:30-5pm Days 1-3; 8:30am-1pm Day 4
Mediation Practicum: Federal and Commercial Roleplay
Instructor: Jim Meditz
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 instructor is a Virginia Certified Mentor Mediator with extensive experience in instructing up-coming mediators.

16 G CME; 12 MCLE
$595 early bird / $645 late registration
2018: April 23-24, September 24-25
8:30am-5:30pm each day
Facilitation and Group Consensus Building
Instructor: Tracey Cairnie

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. Learn and practice these skills from a well-known and highly effective instructor!

8 G CME
2017: $545 early bird / $595 late registration
2018: $595 early bird / $645 late registration
2017: October 25-26
2018: April 18-19
8:30am-5:30pm each day
Negotiation Skills
Instructor: John Settle

Understanding the basics of negotiation is fundamental to the mediator’s art, the leader’s success, and the attorney’s professional repertoire.  In fact, an ability to negotiate well is a basic life skill for everyone — yet many people, particularly those involved in conflict, do it poorly.  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.

8 G CME; 7 MCLE
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: April 6, September 7
8:30am-5:30pm
Powerful Coaching
Instructor: Cindy Mazur

Powerful Coaching is about conversation at its best. This five step paradigm can transform lives. Powerful Coaching is designed to create velocity and results. It 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.

4 G CME
$265 early bird / $315 late registration
2018: TBA
8:30am-12:45pm
Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System
Instructor: Jim Pope

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.

4 G CME; 3.5 MCLE
2017: $215 early bird / $265 late registration
2018: $265 early bird / $315 late registration
2017: November 17
2018: May 4, November 30
8:30am-12:45pm
Preparing Memoranda and Agreements
Instructor: Kathey Foskett
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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 ethical and unauthorized practice of law issues.

4 G CME; 3(1) MCLE
$265 early bird / $315 late registration
2018: June 22
8:30am-12:45pm
General District Court Apprenticeship
Instructors: NVMS Mentor Mediators
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

Apprentice mediators have the opportunity to work with experienced, Virginia certified NVMS mentor mediators on 3 or more cases to gain professional experience. Mentor mediators provide guidance, oral feedback, and a written evaluation for each case.

$100/observation; $150/co-mediation
Fairfax & Arlington (Fridays), Loudoun (Tuesdays)
On-going
8:30am-1pm or end of court day
Contact: Dylan Bates
(703) 865-7262; civilmediation@nvms.us

Advanced Courses

Considering Cultural Issues in Mediation
Instructors: Julia Morelli and/or Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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.

7.5 G or F CME; 5 MCLE
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: March 20, September 17
8:30am-5:30pm
Mediating Complex and Multiparty Civil Cases
Instructor: Jim Pope
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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 experience mediators of complex cases, including EEOC civil rights and other business, federal, and workplace disputes.

8 G  CME; 6.5 MCLE
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
 2018: October 11
8:30am-5:30pm
Mediator Graduate School: Shared Experiences and Practices
Instructor: John Settle
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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 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.

6 G or F and 2 Ethics CME
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: August 7
8:30am-5:30pm
Virginia Mediator Ethics
Instructor: Jeannette Twomey
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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.

2 Ethics CME; 2 Ethics MCLE
$135 early bird / $185 late registration
2017: October 5
2018: May 17, September 27
7pm-9pm
Mentoring New Mediators
Instructors: Jeannette Twomey and Jim Meditz
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training, completed at least one re-certification cycle and 30 hours in mediation

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.

Additional prerequisite: 
Completion of one recertification cycle and a minimum of
10 cases and 30 hours of mediation4 G CME
$215 early bird / $265 late registration
2017: October 24
2018: TBA
8:30am-3pm

Dealing with High Emotion Conflicts 
Instructor: Stephen Kotev

Conflict Resolvers are told to “become the calm in the midst of the storm” as we enter situations most would choose to avoid. Many conflict resolution trainings provide this advice, but leave us without practical skills on how to implement it. The exercises and theory presented in this course will help you develop mastery over specific techniques focused on breath, posture, and vision that will dramatically improve your performance under pressure.

2 G or F CME
$265 early bird / $315 late registration
2018: TBA
8:30am-12:45pm

SDI for ADR Practitioners: Understanding Self and Others
Instructor: Michael West
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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 resolution. Interactive exercises engage participants and reinforce the concepts.

8 G or F CME; 6.5 MCLE
$430 early bird / $490 late registration
2018: May 10
8:30am-5:30pm

Intuitive Reasoning: A Whole Brain Approach to Problem Solving
Instructor: Mary Elizabeth Lynch

Participants will learn, experience, and develop an understanding of a framework for using right-brain intuitive “knowing” to support and complement left-brain, logical “analysis,” several contemplative and mindfulness practices to support the development of your intuition, and how to harness the benefits of the intuitive process in order to listen more deeply, understand your clients and what they really want and need, and to respond with more purpose and clarity to the problems and issues presented in mediation.  The course will also present a workable model for starting to apply intuitive reasoning to a wide range of life situations, including dispute resolution and conflict transformation interventions and personal life decisions-making.techniques, analyzing and evaluating situations where the parties are at impasse, resolving deadlocks, and using alternate approaches for handling evaluative and distributive disputes. It includes short lectures, scripted scenarios, videos and exercises, and “fishbowl” role-plays. The trainer will discuss how to employ mediation skills to address workplace discord that prior to the formal complaint/grievance process.

7 G or F CME
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: TBA
8:30am-5:30pm

Family Mediation

Family Mediation Skills
Instructor: Kathey Foskett
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

Mediating family matters requires the ability to help parties move forward by identifying and building common ground. 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.

20 F CME; 18.5 MCLE
$845 early bird / $895 late registration
2018: June 7-9
8:30am-5:30pm each day
Domestic Violence Assessment
Instructor: Kathey Foskett
Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or an equivalent 20 hour basic family mediation training

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.

8 F  CME; 7 MCLE
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: June 20
8:30am-5:30pm
Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce
Instructors: Jeannette Twomey, Jim Pope and Adam Morgan
Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or an equivalent 20 hour basic family mediation training

This course uses a step-by-step approach to understand 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.

12 F CME; 8 MCLE
$495 early bird / $545 late registration
2018: August 9-10
8:30am-5:30pm Day 1; 8:30am-12:45pm Day 2
Family Mediation Roleplay: JDR and Circuit Court Family
Instructors: Brian Hirsch
Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or an equivalent 20 hour basic family mediation training

Participants review the family mediation process, observe demonstrations and practice several case scenarios. These role-plays provide participants with invaluable practice and feedback from seasoned mentor mediators.

16 F CME (2 JDR observations & 2 CCF observations); 14 MCLE
$595 early bird / $645 late registration
2018: TBA
8:30am-5:30pm both days
Juvenile and Domestic Relations (JDR) and Circuit Court Family (CCF) Apprenticeship Program
Instructors: NVMS Mentor Mediators
Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or an equivalent 20 hour basic family mediation training , Domestic Violence Assessment, Family Mediation Roleplay: JDR and CCF, and Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce (CCF Certification only)

Apprentice mediators have the opportunity to work with Virginia Certified NVMS mentor mediators on three or more cases to gain professional experience. Mentor mediators provide guidance, oral feedback, and a written evaluation for each case.Requirements: at least 5 cases totaling at least 10 hours; scrivener for at least one (1) agreement; completion of at least one (1) child support worksheet

$150/co-mediation On-going; open as space is available
Contact: Diana Ortiz
(703) 865-7263; clientservices@nvms.us

Workplace Conflict Resolution

Mediating EEO and Workplace Disputes
Instructor: Michael West
Prerequisite: Mediation Skills and Process or an equivalent 20 hour basic mediation training

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.

8 G CME; 6.5 MCLE
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2017: September 27
2018: May 9, September 19
8:30am-5:30pm
Solution Focused Problem Solving
Instructor: Tracey Cairnie

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.

8 G CME
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: September 28
8:30am-5:30pm
Civility in the Workplace
Instructor: Nathalie Thompson

Recent Civility in the Workplace survey’s 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. 90% of American workers say they have been victims of incivility at work, about 4 of 10 says they have worked for an abusive supervisor or employer. After being victim of on-the-job rudeness and hostility two thirds of employees said their performance declined. Four out of five lost work time worrying about the unpleasant incident, while 63 percent wasted time avoiding the offender. 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.

4 General CME
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: April 25, September 18
8:30am-5:30pm

Special Topics 

Non-Violent Communication
Instructor: Nathalie Thompson

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 be 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: pending
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: April 5
8:30am-5pm
Building Trust and Overcoming Distrust
Instructor: John Settle

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: pending
$345 early bird / $395 late registration
2018: May 22
8:30am-12:45pm
Effective Meeting Facilitation
Instructor: Andy Pizzi

Millions of meetings are held each day by government agencies, small businesses or large corporations. Meetings are necessary in that it provides individuals the ability to form groups that can share information, solve problems, and make decisions among other functions. Yet, too often these meetings are unproductive, resulting in loss of morale, time & money. This workshop will focus on how to make your meetings more productive, focusing on preparing for the meeting, what to do during the meeting & how to follow-up after the Meeting.

CME: pending
$595 early bird / $645 late registration
2018: July 24-25
8:30am-5pm both days

For questions…

Contact us – (703) 865-7261 or training@nvms.us