Training 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.

Advanced Mediation Skills

Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes

Conflict Resolution Skills

Virginia Mediator Certification Courses

Advanced Mediation Skills

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 fulfill NVMS Professional Certificate Program requirements and can count for continuing education credits.


Mediating Complex and Multiparty Civil Cases

Required for _______ certificates
Pre-requisites: Mediation Skills and Process or basic mediation training

This workshop covers the skills and approaches needed to work with a combination of multiple parties, attorneys, substantive experts, and complex issues. 


Mediating EEO and Workplace Disputes

Required for _____ certificates
Pre-requisites: Mediation Skills and Process or basic mediation training

This workshop is an in-depth, hands-on training about the special aspects of mediating public and private sector employment disputes.


Preparing Memoranda and Agreements

Required for _____ certificates
Pre-requisites: Mediation Skills and Process or basic mediation training

One of the last acts in a successful mediation is the drafting of an agreement or memorandum of understanding. This workshop will develop participants’ skills in preparing documents for parties, counsel, and court.


Mediator Graduate School

Required for ____________ certificates
Pre-requisite: A minimum of 1-2 years of mediation experience

This course provides mediators space to come together with peers and a highly experienced group leader to discuss successful practices, ask questions, share information, and analyze difficult cases. 


Virginia Mediator Ethics

Required for Virginia Court Mediator re-certification

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.


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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Processes

The following courses will support participants in building a strong grounding in ADR processes and skills. These workshops benefit those interested in applying these interventions in their workplace or their community. Classes fulfill NVMS Professional Certificate Program requirements and can count for continuing education credits.


ADR: Beyond Mediation

Required for _____ certificates

This workshop provides an up-to-date look at ADR methods, applications, sources of information, and how to use and participate effectively in ADR. 


Facilitation and Group Consensus Building

Required for _______ certificates

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.


Mediation Skills and Process

Required for Federal Workplace Mediation and Basic Conflict Resolution Skills certificates

Mediation training will give you the skills to facilitate productive conversations and foster a collaborative environment where solutions can develop to help everyone involved. We have been offering this successful workshop since 1992, preparing thousands to support others in resolving disputes through mediation.


Negotiation Skills

Required for ____________ certificates

This course provides focuses on an “interest-based” approach to negotiation. Participants will learn the skills and techniques necessary to practice the art and science of persuasion and negotiation.


Powerful Coaching

Required for ________ certificates

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.


Restorative Justice

Special Topic

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.


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Conflict Resolution Skills

The following courses support participants in building a strong grounding into conflict resolution principles and skills. These workshops benefit those interested in using these skills to build stronger relationships and to prevent conflict in the workplace, community, and their personal lives. Classes fulfill NVMS Professional Certificate Program requirements and can count for continuing education credits.


Building Trust and Overcoming Distrust

Required for _____________ certificates

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.


Civility in the Workplace

Required for ______ certificates

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.


Culture and Conflict

Required for _______ certificates

Awareness of cultural factors is critical to understand and address conflict in order to avoid unintentional bias. This workshop includes exercises, theory, and practical strategies.


How We Think: Hidden Barriers to Conflict Resolution

Required for ___________ certificates

According to the studies, our brains are hard-wired to argue, seek revenge, and impede rational decision-making. This workshop is a fascinating look at brain science and the challenge of overcoming human nature when working to resolve conflict.


Non-violent Communication

Required for ______ certificates

In this session, you will be introduced to the non-violent communication 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.


Solution Focused Problem Solving

Required for _____ certificates

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.


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Virginia Mediator Certification Courses

The courses in this section are required to complete Virginia Court Mediator Certifications.


Mediation Skills and Process

Required for General District Court, Circuit Court Civil, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Court Family Certifications

Mediation training will give you the skills to facilitate productive conversations and foster a collaborative environment where solutions can develop to help everyone involved. We have been offering this successful workshop since 1992, preparing thousands to support others in resolving disputes through mediation.


Mediation Practicum: General District Court

Fulfills the observation requirement for General District Court Certification
Pre-requisite: Mediation Skills and Process or basic mediation training

This workshop fulfills the observation requirements for the General District Court certification and provides new mediators the opportunity to deepen their mediation skills.


Mentorship: General District Court – Co-mediations only

Fulfills the co-mediation requirement for General District Court Certification
Pre-requisites: Civil Mediation Practicum or 2 court observations

This workshop fulfills the observation requirements for the General District Court certification and provides new mediators the opportunity to deepen their mediation skills.


Family Mediation Skills

Required for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family Certifications
Pre-requisites: Mediation Skill and Process or basic mediation training

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.


Domestic Violence Assessment

Required for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family Certifications
Pre-requisite: Family Mediation Skills or 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.


Family Mediation Practicum

Fulfills the observation requirements for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family Certifications
Pre-requisites: Family Mediation Skills or basic family mediation training

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.


Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System

Required for General District Court, Circuit Court Civil, Juvenile and Domestic Relations, and Circuit Court Family Certifications

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.


Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce

Required for Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family Certifications
Pre-requisites: Family Mediation Skills or basic family mediation training

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.


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