Advanced Family Mediation

 

Advanced Family Mediation  – July 10, 11, 12 ,13, 2018

The Advanced Family Mediation Training is a 30-hour training fulfilling the Texas ADR Act requirements for mediators doing court-ordered family mediation and following the standards set by the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable. The sessions include family law, family dynamics, domestic violence, child development, ethical and practical considerations in a combined lecture and role play environment.

Basic Mediation Training is required prior to taking this course. (MCLE including 2- 1/2 hours of Ethics provided.)

DRC accepts the following forms of payments – Checks (Please fill out the mail in order form and return with check), VISA and MASTERCARD. Choose your training date, then click on the   “Add to Cart” link to the right that corresponds to the training program.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 2 weeks prior to class.   There will be a $50 administration charge deducted from each refund.

About the   Trainers:

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**Robert (Bob) Otey, Ph.D., Credentialed Advanced Mediator, Arbitrator,  Bob’s professional career has included Teacher (Social Studies), athletic coach, private industry manager, school administrator, and university professor. Bob was the administrator of a separate program for middle school students experiencing emotional challenges in Austin Independent School District. In the 1970’s Bob developed the Drug Education Program at Dallas ISD and the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He also directed the Secondary Alternative Education Program at Education Service Center Region 13 for several years. Bob went on to develop the Education Administration Program at Concordia University Texas in 2002. Bob served as Director of the program at Concordia for nine years. During his tenure as Director the program grew from a cohort of 20 students to a State-wide program with over 1,000 students. Bob has been mediating and training in mediation since the early 1990’s. He is treasurer of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable (TMTR) and a member of the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM). Bob has taught the Basic Conflict course as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in the Master of Human Services Conflict Resolution strand since 1990. Bob retired from Concordia in 2011 and devotes his time to training, mediating, and serving as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s, Concordia, Huston-Tillotson, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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** Laura Otey,   M.Ed. LMFT, is a mediation practitioner  and has provided training in mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and related areas since 1980.  She has mediated a variety of disputes including employment, family/divorce, gangs, students, community, faith-based, multi-party, and business.  Ms. Otey has taught at the University of Arkansas,  Abilene Christian University, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, where she was a recipient of their Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.  She is also a co-convener for the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable.

40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – June 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 2018

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation Course is a 5-day (8:30am – 5:30pm) training offered to the general public several times each year. This course is designed to give individuals the skills and credentials they need to serve as a mediator in the State of Texas. The training focuses on the community-based mediation model. Individuals actively participate in practice mediation following each lecture session, and certificates are provided to participants upon completion of the course.

A Mail In Form is available for printing here.

If a course is out of seats, please Contact Us to be added to a waiting list!

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40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – April 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 2018

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation Course is a 5-day (8:30am – 5:30pm) training offered to the general public several times each year. This course is designed to give individuals the skills and credentials they need to serve as a mediator in the State of Texas. The training focuses on the community-based mediation model. Individuals actively participate in practice mediation following each lecture session, and certificates are provided to participants upon completion of the course.

A Mail In Form is available for printing here.

If a course is out of seats, please Contact Us to be added to a waiting list!

Continue reading 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – April 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 2018

40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – Feb. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 2018

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation Course is a 5-day (8:30am – 5:30pm) training offered to the general public several times each year. This course is designed to give individuals the skills and credentials they need to serve as a mediator in the State of Texas. The training focuses on the community-based mediation model. Individuals actively participate in practice mediation following each lecture session, and certificates are provided to participants upon completion of the course.

A Mail In Form is available for printing here.

If a course is out of seats, please Contact Us to be added to a waiting list!

Continue reading 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – Feb. 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 2018

40 Hour Basic Mediation Training – Nov. 1,2,3,8,9 – 2017

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation Course is a 5-day (8:30am – 5:30pm) training offered to the general public several times each year. This course is designed to give individuals the skills and credentials they need to serve as a mediator in the State of Texas. The training focuses on the community-based mediation model. Individuals actively participate in practice mediation following each lecture session, and certificates are provided to participants upon completion of the course.

A Mail In Form is available for printing here.

If a course is out of seats, please Contact Us to be added to a waiting list!

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Walter A. Wright is an associate professor in the Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at Texas State University, where he teaches courses in law and ADR.  Walter is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator.  He received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Houston and an LL.M in International Legal Studies from New York University.  He is former president of the Texas Association of Mediators and the Association of Attorney Mediators.  His current activities include service as editor-in-chief of El Acuerdo, and ADR newsletter published in Buenos Aires, Argentina; as co-Chair of the International Expansion Work Group of the Association for Conflict Resolution Center; and as a member of the advisory board of the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center.  Since 1996, Walter has enjoyed teaching ADR courses and conducting facilitated dialogues in foreign countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, and Nicaragua.  He holds a designation as a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.

DRC accepts the following forms of payment – Checks ( Please fill out the mail in form and send with check), VISA and MASTERCARD. Choose your training date, then click on the “Add to Cart” link to the right that corresponds to the training program.

Cancellations will be accepted until two weeks prior to the starting date of each class. There will be a $50 administration charge deducted from each refund. No refunds are available after the cancellation date.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Individuals interested in learning the basic process and skills for becoming a professional mediator.
  • Human resource professionals seeking more collaborative approaches to resolving internal organizational disputes.
  • Attorneys looking to improve their collaborative negotiation skills for use in the practice of Collaborative Law and those wishing to become more effective advocates in the mediation process.
  • Professionals and community leaders needing to enhance their “informal” mediation skills for resolving conflicts among individuals, groups, or organizations.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Key considerations in setting up a mediation.
  • A seven-stage mediation process based on the theory of interest-based negotiation.
  • Specific communication skills to assist the negotiation process.
  • Management of face-to-face negotiations between the parties.
  • Guidelines for working with attorneys in the mediation session.
  • Use of individual sessions as a tool to facilitate problem solving.
  • Ethical considerations for mediation practice.

Why Take This Particular Basic Mediation Training?

  • Meets the standards described for court-referred mediations in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act.
  • Exceeds the standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable 40-Hour Training Standards as required by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.
  • Exposes trainees to a broad range of disputes, such as family, commercial, personal injury, employment, and neighborhood mediations.
  • Emphasizes practice; each trainee participates in mediation role plays and numerous skill – development exercises.
  • Provides a comprehensive mediation manual written by the trainer and containing extensive information on mediation skills, techniques and resources.
  • Uses trained coaches (who are also experienced mediators) to supervise role play groups.
  • This trainer has trained more than 2,500 people in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Fulfills the training requirement for initial membership with the Association of Attorney – Mediators.

BENEFITS FOR ATTORNEYS

  • MCLE Credit 38.75  Participant hours and 3.50 Ethics hours
  • Improve collaborative negotiation skills
  • Become a more effective advocate in mediation
  • Develop specific communication skills for mediation
  • Enhance the effectiveness of joint sessions
  • Learn most commonly used codes of ethics
  • Fulfills training requirement for Association of Attorney – Mediators memberships

BENEFITS FOR HR PROFESSIONALS

  • Reduce costly grievances and litigation
  • Improve employee retention rate
  • Increase productivity in the workplace with a reduction in time spent managing conflicts
  • Teach employees how to effectively prevent unnecessary conflicts

What people are saying:

“I went to the 40 hour mediation rather “sure of myself” thinking that since I was a seasoned HR professional with a Masters in Communication, I was in for a 40 hour review… I was so wrong! There was so much I had to “unlearn” in order to learn the skills of a mediator. This is not only the best mediation training but the best training for overall communication skills. Take this training – you will use the skills everyday personally and professionally!” Alice Dendinger, SPHR

 

The Mediation Process DVD

Details & Special Features

  • $99 includes shipping and handling (allow 10 business days for receipt).
  • The mediation can be shown from beginning to end or viewed stage by stage.
  • An introductory segment shows the parties arguing about the key issues in the dispute before being referred to mediation.
  • The role play demonstrates the use of a six-step mediation process with co-mediators.
  • The final segment reviews and demonstrates the skills of asking open-ended questions and identifying interests.
  • The entire mediation is conducted in a joint session.
  • Continuing Education credit available for DRC Volunteer Mediators.

Developed for use by…

  • Basic mediation training programs.
  • Mediation refresher courses.
  • Orientations for mediation program administrators.
  • In-service trainings for HR professionals.
  • Anyone wishing to see a demonstration of the process and skills needed for interest-based dispute resolution.