Shearouse Fellowship

The Shearouse Fellowship is a program aimed at increasing accessibility to NVMS’s conflict resolution training as part of our commitment to support the Northern Virginia Community constructively address conflict.

The Fellowship Program was established in 2013 in honor of Susan Shearouse, one of the founding members of NVMS, with the occasion of her retirement. Susan is a recognized leader and an inspiration to all of those she has trained, coached and collaborated with throughout her career. Along with being an NVMS senior trainer and supporter, she has served in positions with a variety of Conflict Resolution organizations such as the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and Georgetown University’s MBA program, the Advisory Board of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and as a past Board Member of the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. Susan also authored “Conflict 101: A Manager’s Guide to Resolving Problems so that Everyone Can Get Back to Work”. Susan’s career speaks volumes of her commitment to advancing the field and her passion for helping people learn to address conflict in constructive ways.

The Fellowship program makes our popular basic mediation training available at no cost to community members who share Susan’s vision and enthusiasm for helping people resolve their differences in a collaborative way. Every year, NVMS will assess the needs of the community and the organization to determine what knowledge and skills the Fellowship Program will focus on.

2019 Program Goals
  1. Strengthen Skills in the Northern Virginia Community to constructively address conflict.
  2. Expand access to basic conflict resolution skills and mediation certification (if desired) for members of the Northern Virginia community.
2019 Program Focus

In 2019, the focus is on building mediation skills and preparing community members for Virginia Court Mediator Certification. The 32-hour program will include the following training topics:

1. Mediation Skills and Process (basic mediation training)

Conflict is a natural phenomenon that occurs among individuals, groups, organizations and in your community. Mediation training will give you the skills to facilitate productive conversations and foster a collaborative environment where solutions can develop to help everyone involved. 

This interactive 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. Trainers have extensive experience in all areas of mediation and use a variety of teaching methods. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback during simulated role-play activities

We have been offering this successful workshop since 1992, preparing thousands of lawyers, therapists, federal, state and local government employees, judges, human resource professionals, teachers, ombudsman, and many others to support others in resolving disputes through mediation.

2. Orientation to the Virginia Judicial System (understanding mediation in the context of 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.

Program dates: November 2-3 and 9-10, 2019
Time: 8:30am-5pm Days 1-3, 8:30am-1pm Day 4
Location: 9653 Fairfax Blvd, Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22031

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Fellows Cohort!

Shearouse Fellows Program Application (PDF)

Please make sure your application includes the following items:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Your resume (two pages maximum)
  3. Two letters of reference
  4. Personal statement (750 words) describing your interest in conflict resolution.

The application must be received no later than midnight on August 31st, 2019. Submit the completed application packet as a PDF document to Izabela Solosi, NVMS Training Program Manager, at  Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview following the su #workplace  bmission of their application. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee decision by October 1st, 2019.