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Program Details:
Our 5-day Basic Mediation Training lays the groundwork for anyone interested in becoming a mediator, enhancing their conflict resolution skills, or working to become a volunteer mediator with our Institute. During the training we explore questions like: What is mediation and how does it compare to other forms of alternative dispute resolution? What are the core skills I need to be an effective mediator? What are the foundational values of mediation? What is my role as a mediator? What makes a successful mediation? Through group discussion, hands-on exercises, lecture, and role-play, you’ll have the chance to engage with these and other critical questions, and practice new skills with support and feedback from experienced mediators and trainers.

Our basic training isn’t your typical program: pop culture, drawing, movement, discussion and role-play are central features of our training. And because we’re in the business of developing professional mediators, we structure our program to ensure that our trainees have lots of time to practice the skills they’re learning, ask questions, and wrestle challenging concepts to the ground. We limit our training’s to 28 participants to maximize the amount of interaction our trainers can have with participants and to facilitate exchange and learning between participants.

Our training is led by Brad Heckman, CEO, and Will Nassau, Director of Training Business Development, as well as other experts on staff. The training is widely recognized in New York and beyond, and individuals who participate in this training are eligible to apply for our Apprenticeship Program.

Our 40-hour course runs over five days from 9am-5pm each day. The training is held at our Brooklyn Mediation Center in the Municipal Building located at 210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618 in downtown Brooklyn. We provide breakfast and lunch during the five days of training.

Key Content:

  • Enhancing communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Distinguishing between various dispute resolution practices and mediation
  • Examining the core values of mediation and putting them into practice
  • Understanding conflict response styles
  • 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

CLE Credit:
New York attorneys can receive 37 CLE credits in Skills for completing the Basic Mediation Training.

Part 146 Approved:
Our Basic Mediation Training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. Please note that 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.

Program Fees:
Basic Mediation Training: $1625.00

Time: 9am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Location: New York Peace Institute’s Brooklyn Mediation Center, 210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618 (the Municipal Building, between Court Street and Adams Street) in downtown Brooklyn.

Buzz about our Training:
“I attended the Basic mediation Training and it was one of the most engaging, creative, amazing trainings I have ever attended. I have participated in thousands of trainings and usually find myself distracted and bored. However, this 40-hour training kept me involved and actively learning from start to finish!” ~ Vivian Huelgo, American Bar Association, CDV Chief Counsel

“I thoroughly enjoyed the training, and I apply everything I learned in my daily work. The training is exceptionally well prepared and is an important step in any mediator’s journey.” ~ Lara Khalifé-Dagher, Senior Conflict Resolution Officer, United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services

Get in touch with us:
Questions? Contact Elena-Margarita McCalla/Operations and Training Assistant at or (212) 577-1740 x113.

Disability Accommodation:

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in training, please email Elena-Margarita McCalla/Training Associate at or (212) 577-1740 x113.