Become a Mediator



Five Days, 9am-5pm
June 3-7th 2020

Wednesday through Sunday


Brooklyn Mediation Center
210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618


24 participants




35 Hours in Skills

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 training isn’t typical: pop culture, drawing, movement, discussion and role play are central features. 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.

The training is widely recognized and individuals who participate are eligible to apply for our Apprenticeship Program.

The Basic Mediation Training is available four times a year: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

The Summer Basic Mediation Training will take place June 3-7th, 2020 and is open for registration!




January 6-March 27th, 2020

Meets Weekly for 2.5 hours
over 12 Weeks


Brooklyn Mediation Center
210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618

Manhattan Mediation Center
111 John St., Suite 600


12 participants


New York Peace Institute Alumni: $975

Outside Participants: $1375**

New York Peace Institute’s Apprenticeship is a structured hands-on learning experience that blends classroom instruction with case observation and real mediation. This program is designed to equip you to become a volunteer mediator with New York Peace Institute. However, we also support the learning and development of individuals wishing to gain mediator skills and credentials for their outside practice.

Apprentices learn and practice concepts introduced in the Basic Mediation Training with greater depth in a small group setting. The course is also designed to prepare apprentices to pass New York Peace Institute’s evaluation.

Our program is approved by New York State’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs and is geared toward recruiting a diverse and qualified cadre of Community Dispute Resolution Center Program volunteer mediators. In other words, our goal is to train, develop, and support individuals who are passionate about mediation.

*Please note that this refers to the classroom-based curriculum. The full Apprenticeship, which includes co-mediating five cases and observing three, can take up to one year to complete.

**We heavily favor applications from New York Peace Institute alumni and encourage any outside applicants to first take our Basic Mediation Training.

Application Deadline: December 13, 2019




Februay 27-28th, 2020

Thursday and Friday




Brooklyn Mediation Center
210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618



Ever ask yourself, “I’ve reflected…now what?” What about, “When do I build an agenda?” Or, “Did I gather enough information? Too much?” Or, just, “OMG. What do I do now?” If so, this training is for you.

In our Advanced Mediation Training, we go beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the trickiest parts of mediation. From suspending biases and building an agenda, to generating options and agreement writing, this training will expand your comfort zone and tackle the most challenging aspects of mediation.

Through hands-on exercises, extensive role plays, group discussion, and of course movie clips and pop culture, our advanced training will build your mediator muscle memory. Whether you just completed your Basic Mediation Training or have been mediating for years, this training provides an opportunity to receive focused coaching as you practice your craft in the company of experienced professionals. In short, if you liked Basic Mediation Training, you will love our deep dive. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.




Robert Collins, Esq.


February 22, 23, 24, 2020 (Saturday through Monday) REGISTRATION CLOSED


Brooklyn Mediation Center
210 Joralemon Street, Suite 618



CLE Credit

NYS Attorneys Earn 17 Professional Practice Hours and 5.5 Skills Hours

The 3-day Divorce Mediation Training will enable mediators to practice in the complex field of divorce mediation. By the end of the training, participants will be grounded with the legal information, financial tools, mediation interventions, and personal dynamics required to act competently in the complex practice of divorce mediation. The training will cover parenting plans, child support, asset division, spousal support, taxes, insurance, and divorce filing procedures.

The course will also act as a mediation “master class” to polish pre-existing mediation skills, providing an expanded repertoire of interventions and techniques. The course blends lecture, experiential learning, and key information on New York matrimonial law.

Key Content:

  • Structuring the Divorce Mediation Process
  • Advanced Techniques
  • Parenting
  • Custody
  • Residence Schedules
  • Asset Distribution and Tax Issues
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Formalizing the Divorce