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Basic Mediation Workshop: Spring 2021 is a Course

Basic Mediation Workshop: Spring 2021

Ended May 8, 2021

Full course description


Join us for our freshly redesigned online, live training.  We’ll be doing 32 hours of live, online (synchronous) activities with about 8 hours of asynchronous activities (materials to be read or viewed online at a time of your choosing within a specific window).

Over the course of two months, we'll convene for 8, 4-hour sessions.  Our new format is convenient and accessible no matter the weather or the distance. We've had a lot of fun with this format so far and our graduates tell us that the sessions fly by.

Led by instructor Susan Terry (see her amazing bio below), our sessions will be Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 pm EST (see the schedule below for details).  If you're on the east coast that means you can tie up loose ends at work in the morning before we start and still have time to get dinner ready after we're done!  If you're on the west coast, you can come with coffee in hand and be done in time for lunch.

Here are a few things that we're really excited about:


  • Compact, live, action-filled sessions with a cohort group alternating with shorter, recorded learning sessions at your convenience.
  • Sessions offered on both weekdays and weekends will make it easier to fit into a busy work and family schedule.

  • Progressive learning that builds on what you already know from your life and professional experience, introduces you to key concepts and practices, familiarizes you with the "shape" and progression of the mediation process.
  • Four, lively, coached and supervised "you are the mediator" sessions.  These "you are the mediator" sessions are powered by professional mediators coaching you through your session, being your guardian angel on your shoulder, giving advice when needed, and then assisting your group in reflecting on the experience.  Our coaches have been helping new mediators for many years and have expertly crafted their abilities to support new mediators in ways that are accessible and tremendously useful.

  • No driving or travel required!  You can do this training from anywhere you have a computer and the internet.

Basic Mediation Workshop is not about performance - it is about learning, about being helpful to one another’s learning, and having fun!  It will give you the basis for continuing your mediator education with our intermediate and advanced mediation trainings.

Join us for a lively, engaging, and deeply rewarding learning experience for anyone hoping to become more proficient at understanding and handling conflict!

The lead instructor is Susan Terry, a giant in the mediation field.  Read more about her here.  Also, see this article in Vermont Woman Magazine featuring Susan.

The schedule is as follows (all live sessions are 12:00pm to 4pm EST with two, 15-minute breaks built-in): 



Session title

Date, all times 12:00pm to 4:00pm EST



Live Session 1

Tuesday, April 13th


Getting started.  Welcome, overview, basic concepts and demonstration




Watch videos on basic mediation skills and tools such as listening, reflections, questions, and identifying interests and issues

Live Session 2

Saturday, April 17th


Putting it to use: skills and tools practice 




Videos on the structure of mediation, preparing roleplays for next class

Live Session 3

Tuesday, April 20th


Pieces and parts: beginning to put it together

Live Session 4

Saturday, April 24th


Practice time!  Navigating the early parts of mediation




Video.  More tools in the toolbox

Live Session 5

Tuesday, April 27th


Practice time!  Full simulations session 1

Live Session 6

Saturday, May 1st


Practice time!  Full simulations session 2




Video: More tools in the toolbox

Live Session 7

Tuesday, May 4th  


Practice time!  Full simulations session 3

Live Session 8

Saturday, May 8th


Practice time!  Full simulations session 4

Contact us about special rates for non-profits, groups and community justice centers.