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Basic Mediation Training entails a minimum of 30 instructional hours, generally taught over a four day period. The training is a balance of theory and practice, and focuses on a facilitative style of mediation in which the parties are generally kept in the same room and caucus is a tool within the process. Trainers use diverse teaching methods including classroom-style presentations, demonstration role-plays, videos, active learning exercises, and outside readings. The training addresses specific Nebraska statutes and Nebraska’s ethical standards for mediators. During training, there are several opportunities to role-play simulated mediation sessions. All role players are provided feedback from experienced mediators/coaches in a 4:1 ratio.


Training Components:

  • Overview of conflict theory
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Mediator standards and ethics
  • Models of intervention for conflict situations
  • Communication skills and their effective use in mediation
  • Cross-cultural implications and bias awareness
  • Theory and application of interest-based mediation
  • Theory of interest-based negotiation and relationship to mediation
  • Theory of interest-based mediation and when it can be used effectively
  • Simulation mediation role plays


Who Should Attend — While this training satisfies the statutory requirements of the Nebraska Dispute Resolution Act and provides the foundation for those wanting to become mediators, many have taken the training to better develop their communication and negotiation skills. Attendees learn ways to address conflict that can be applied in both their personal and professional lives. If you find yourself assisting others in resolving issues, this training is for you! Past attendees have included HR professionals, and those working in education, law enforcement, healthcare, insurance, government, and non-profit sectors, to name just a few.

Prerequisite — None (This training is the prerequisite for advanced and specialized mediation training.)

Registration — Includes a guided note-taking workbook and mediator quick guide reference booklet.

Regularly $850 per participant, we are offering a discounted rate for the all Virtual course dates.

  • $625 for individual registrants
  • You must be a member to attend our Mediation Trainings, so please "Join" prior to registering for training
    • Membership is a separate $50 fee


Training Dates for the January/February 2022 Livestream  (Registrants must attend every session.)

•Thurs Jan 13, 12 noon to 1 p.m. CT
•Fri Jan 14, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Fri Jan 21, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Fri Jan 28, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT
•Fri Feb 4,  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT


Training days start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Central time. Registrants will need to ensure they have the bandwidth to accommodate sending and receiving both audio and video and have a landline or mobile phone with text available as a backup during the dates listed above. Prior to the one-hour check-in session, registrants will need to have downloaded Zoom.


Next Basic Mediation Training Dates:  March 23, 24, 25, 31, and April 1


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