BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING FAQs

The following questions are answered below in order:
What’s the Basic Mediation Training like?
Who is the target audience for the Basic Mediation Training?
What content and skills are covered during the Basic Mediation Training?
Are payment plans available?
Where is the Basic Mediation Training held?
How long is the Basic Mediation Training? Do I need to attend all 5 days?
How often do you offer the Basic Mediation Training?
How many CLE credits can I earn through the Basic Mediation Training?
Is the Basic Mediation Training Part 146 Approved?

What’s the Basic Mediation Training like?
Have you seen John Hughes’s 1986 film Ferris Beuller’s Day Off? Do you remember the scene where Ben Stein, who plays the economics teacher, takes attendance? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Remember his monotone voice? His expressionless face? Have you ever had to suffer through trainings facilitated like that? Fear not! There will be no monotone lecturing or death-by- PowerPoint in our training. As one participant recently told us, “the BMT is band camp and boot camp all mixed up together!” – It’s a seamless blend of enthusiasm, skill, and structure (instruments and endurance training not included).

Our trainers are passionate subject matter experts who love to train and understand adult learning principles. We use film clips, drawing, movement, music, pop culture, and group exercises to explain concepts and give trainees the opportunity to practice new skills. Our training is highly interactive and trainees are encouraged to participate according to their own comfort levels. We also understand the importance of using humor to facilitate learning, so you can expect to have a few laughs (to say the least!) through the course of the training.

We cover a lot of ground in our training. In order to avoid information overload and to ensure that participants fully absorb the information we share, we’ve paired information delivery with hands-on exercises giving participants the chance to take the skills and concepts they’re learning and put them into practice. This approach ensures that our training is always learner-centered.

Who is the target audience for the Basic Mediation Training?
Anyone can apply to participate in our Basic Mediation Training (known in-house as our BMT). As a trainee you can expect to be in the company of a diverse group of professionals. We’ve trained educators, United Nations employees, lawyers, youth advocates, mental health professionals, students, community organizers, police officers, consultants, retired professionals, and more! The common thread that binds our trainees together is a shared desire to learn the foundational skills of mediation and to have a safe and supportive environment in which to test out new skills. You don’t need to have specific prior knowledge, experience, or technical expertise to participate in our training – just come with an open mind and a positive attitude.

What content and skills are covered during the Basic Mediation Training?
The training focuses on the core values of mediation, the stages of mediation, and the foundational skills mediators need in order to practice effectively. We discuss the theoretical underpinnings of mediation; however, the bulk of the training is skills-focused.

Some of the key content and skills covered in the training include:

    • Enhancing communication and conflict resolution skills
    • Distinguishing between various dispute resolution practices and mediation styles
    • Examining the core values of mediation and putting them into practice
    • Understanding conflict response styles
    • Asking open-ended questions
    • Engaging in active listening
    • Generating movement between positional parties
    • Distinguishing between parties’ positions and interests
    • Identifying negotiable issues
    • Helping parties engage in creative problem solving
    • Examining how cultural issues affect conflict
    • Drafting a quality mediation agreement
    • Assessing balance of power issues between parties

Are payment plans available? 
Yes, if you are interested in a payment plan, we require an initial deposit of $625. The plan is flexible as long as we receive all payments one week before the first day of training.

Where is the Basic Mediation Training held?
Our Basic Mediation Training is held at our Brooklyn Mediation Center located in downtown Brooklyn. The address is: 210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618 in the Municipal Building between Court Street and Adams Street. The Brooklyn Mediation Center is easily accessible by car, bus, and the 2,3,4,5,A,C,F,R,N trains.

How long is the Basic Mediation Training? Do I need to attend all 5 days?
The training is 40 hours long and takes places over 5 days. The training runs from 9am-5pm each day. Participants are required to attend all 5 days of the training. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis – please contact the Training Director if you have specific questions (wnassau@nypeace.org).

How often do you offer the Basic Mediation Training?
This training is held four times a year. Click on Basic Mediation Training in the training section of our website for a complete list of upcoming training dates.

How many CLE credits can I earn through the Basic Mediation Training?
New York State attorneys can receive 34 CLE credits for the basic mediation training.

Is the Basic Mediation Training Part 146 Approved?
Yes, this training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. Final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster. To learn more about Part 146 please visit the New York State Unified Court System website at:
http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/Part146.shtml.