School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

General Mediation Training and Practicum

This basic 28-hour mediation training focuses on an understanding of the mediation process, communication skills, problem-solving skills, agreement writing, and mediation ethics. Mediation skills are taught in a highly interactive format through short lecture, group discussion, focused exercises, and coached role-play. The workshop is designed to prepare the participant for mediation in civil cases. In addition, this intense four-day experience is designed to hone life skills that can enhance the participant’s ability to interact effectively with others. The workshop meets general mediation training requirements for registration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR). In addition, the workshop is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours (28 regular, 3 ethics, and 1 professionalism).

The 12 hour practicum will build upon the skills introduced during the General Civil Mediation Training. It provides an opportunity for you to observe, reflect on, and discuss the practice of mediation. The Practicum may be taken in lieu of 5 real case observations in mediation for the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution registration purposes.

Objectives:

Participants will develop a fundamental understanding of the core requirements necessary in conducting civil mediation: concepts introduced are: core resolution concepts; mediation process and techniques; communication, diversity issues, negotiation dynamics; mediator's code of ethics; and the attorney/mediator/client role in mediation.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in working on court cases.
  • Individuals interested in being registered neutrals with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Individuals desiring a clear and concise understanding of communication, and resolving conflicts.

Trainer


Dr. Susan Raines
Professor of Conflict Management

While her primary fields of interest include international, environmental and public policy conflicts, Professor Raines is interested in conflict management at all levels. She regularly mediates commercial and domestic relations court-connected cases, facilitates public meetings, facilitates long-term governmental decision-making processes, and designs conflict management interventions for corporate enterprises. In 2007 she was appointed Editor-in Chief of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Professor Raines frequently presents her work at both national and international conferences and in a variety of academic and practitioner journals. In addition to her academic pursuits, she has designed ADR programs for numerous state agencies in Indiana, trained managers with the United Nations and arbitrators with the European Union, trained judges and attorneys inside and outside of Georgia, evaluated Florida’s mediation training requirements, and has participated in the evaluation of the United States Postal Service’s REDRESS Program. Currently, she is writing two books: One on “Conflict Management for Managers” and one related to “Benchmarking Mediation” (with Jean Poitras).

PLEASE NOTE: GODR Required for all trainings: The fact that a training program has been approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution does not imply that any particular court-annexed or court referred program must or will accept as neutrals those who have completed that program. Trainees have 18 months from the last date of training to apply for registration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution or the training expires. Please visit www.godr.org to read these rules thoroughly. The workshop is approved for CLE hours (28 general, 3 ethics, and 1 professionalism).

Date & Time

28-Hour Training:
November 6-10, 2017 from 8:30AM – 5:30PM

Location

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw Campus
365 Cobb Ave NW, Room 246
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Cost

  • Registration for entire 40 hours
    • General Public: $1,100
    • University System of Georgia employees & students: $ 875
  • Registration for 28 hours
    • General Public: $750
    • University System of Georgia employees & Students: $525
  • Registration for Practicum only
    • General Public: $350
    • University System Employees: $350

    Registration Deadline: October 28, 2017


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