2015 Spring Basic Mediation Training

Monday June 1, 2015 – Friday June 5, 2015

3013 Dixwell Avenue

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June 1, 2015 – June 5, 2015 from 9:00am until 5:00p

About the Training:

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The basic 40-hour mediation training is designed to give participants the skills and tools they need to serve as impartial third party mediators. This is an experiential training using a wide range of formats including role plays, videos, lectures, discussions, and skills demonstrations. This training has been designed to meet the 40-hour course requirement many mediation centers, courts, and other agencies use to qualify mediators around the U.S. This workshop is designed for attorneys, mental health professionals, human resource professionals, educators, supervisors, faith community leaders, and anyone who would like to improve their conflict management and communication skills.
Participants in this training will learn the Seven-Step Mediation Process from the book The Mediator’s Handbook by Jennifer Beer. Participants will be given the skills to see conflict in a whole new way.
Among the many topics the training will cover:
Overview of alternative dispute resolution
Execution of the mediation process
Role of the mediator
Use of neutral language
Questioning techniques
Legal and ethical issues
Drafting mediated agreements

Tuition cost includes light breakfast and lunch, books, and materials.

**Registrations are automatically cancelled 10 days before the date of training when payment arrangements have not been made.

Please arrange your outside obligations around the class schedule so you will be in attendance for the full 40 hours of training. Participants must attend all 40 hours to receive a certificate.



Space in this training is limited to 18 participants. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee a place in the training.

Early registration for this training is at the discounted price of $800 if received by March 31, 2015.

After March 31, 2015 the full tuition price is $995.

Students: $800 with I.D.

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold your seat.  Payment for the full tuition amount must be made before certification will be released. Payment plans available with no interest.

A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available based on need and/or commitment to community service and will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Please call to request an application.

About the Trainers:

Brenda Cavanaugh is an experienced trainer, mediator, facilitator and the Executive Director of Community Mediation, Inc. Brenda came to CMI in 2007 as the Associate Director and became Executive Director in 2010. Brenda has been trained in mediation and facilitation since 1995. She has taught classes in mediation at Southern Connecticut State University. She has trained female prisoners in peer mediation and conflict resolution; set up a peer mediation program in high schools and trained several other peer mediation groups. She was one of the mediators who successfully mediated in the Tweed Airport issue with the Mayors of East Haven and New Haven. She previously worked with the Community Mediation Center of Charlottesville, VA and James River Associates Nonprofit in VA.

Brenda Cavanaugh


Jane Beddall, M.A., J.D., owner of Dovetail Resolutions, is a mediator who focuses on business & family wealth mediations. She is the past Co-Chair of the CT Bar Assoc. ADR Section and a past president of the New England Chapter of the ACR. She holds a B.A. from Trinity College, as well as a M.A. and a J.D., cum laude, from the Univ. of PA.

Jane Beddall


Thea Martin, Esq., is a Managing Partner, Family Law Division working with divorcing couples with over 10 years experience as an attorney, creating solutions. She is affiliated with: CT Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, CT Bar Association and New Haven County Bar Association.

Thea Martin


Jane Zirlis, is a management consultant specializing in organizational effectiveness & strategic initiatives, and is a mediator for the EEOC. She was a key member of the team which implemented Coca-Cola’s landmark conflict management policy, and integrates those best practice concepts into her leadership workshops and coaching. In her early career, Jane founded a boutique organizational consulting firm on Wall Street, and has been an arbitrator in the financial services for over 15 years. Her recent projects include helping organizations use conflict management techniques as an enterprise risk management tool, as well as a profitability and Employee Engagement strategy. Jane has a BA in Human Behavior from Harvard University and an MBA from NYU in Finance, where her thesis project was International Negotiations.


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