Restorative Circle Training

Friday, August 18 & Saturday, August 19 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm both days (12 hours)



Community Mediation, Inc.

3013 Dixwell Ave, Ste. 3

Hamden, CT 06518

Restorative Circle Training Description (12 hours):


The purpose of the training is to introduce participants to basic concepts of restorative practices and the specific skills/tools used to conduct a Restorative Circles.  Participants will learn through lecture, group activities, interactive exercises, and role-plays.  The training will prepare participants to conduct various forms of Restorative Circles and have a basic understanding of restorative practices. All participants who successfully complete this training will receive a Restorative Circle training certificate.


Learning Objectives:


At the end of the 12-hour training, participants will be able to:


  • define restorative practices.
  • list the differences between punitive and restorative responses to conflict .
  • compose affective statements and questions.
  • conduct a Restorative Circle in a role-play setting.
  • Identify situations in their environment that will lend themselves to Circles
  • model the core values of restorative practices when communicating and interacting with others.


This training will be held at our offices 3013 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06518


2017 Pillsbury Peacemaker Award

Thank you to everyone who attended!


A Breakfast Award Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017,

at ConnCAT, 4 Science Park, New Haven, CT 06511 at 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017  8:00-9:30 am


4 Science Park

New Haven, CT 06511

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The Charles Pillsbury Peacemaker Award is named in honor of Charles A. Pillsbury, currently Co-Director of the Center on Dispute Resolution at The Quinnipiac School of Law and prior Executive Director of CM. Charlie is known throughout this community for his tireless work promoting peace, justice and conflict resolution. This year we pay tribute to: Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.


We wish to acknowledge the following generous sponsors of the 2017:


Silver Sponsor:  

The Eder Family Foundation, Inc.

Yale New Haven Hospital

Bronze Sponsors:

Noble Wealth Advisors of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Quinnipiac School of Law – Center on Dispute Resolution

Shalom United Church of Christ



2017 Spring Basic Mediation Training



Monday May 22, 2017 – Friday May 26, 2017

3013 Dixwell Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518

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***The National Association of Social Workers/CT Chapter has approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for this training. You will receive 35 credit hours (7 per day) on completion of the training.***


May 22, 2017—May 26, 2017
8:30am until 4:30pm each day

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

A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required to hold your seat. Payment for the full tuition amount of $995 must be paid in full before the first day of training.  However, if you sign up early the cost is $800 and payment in full must be received by March 31, 2016, to take advantage of this discount. 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.  Tuition cost includes meals, daily snacks, text books, and materials.  We ask that you 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. (A continental breakfast & lunch will be provided)


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.

Sonja Ahuja is a consultant, an executive coach and trainer with over 25 years of experience with non-profit businesses, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning and institutional change initiatives. Sonja integrates tools from interpersonal communication, leadership development and team skill building, along with dialogue and diversity training to help organizations achieve results with diverse staff and clientele. Sonja is frequently called upon to design and facilitate group planning and decision-making processes. She is experienced in convening large group problem solving sessions using Open Space Technology, Community Conversations and World Café models.

Sonja head shot

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

 ***The National Association of Social Workers/CT Chapter has approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for this training. You will receive 35 credit hours (7 per day) on completion of the training.***

2016 Robert C. Zampano Award Reception


Thursday October 20, 2016 – Thursday October 20, 2016  6:00-7:30 pm

One Constitution Plaza

Hartford, CT 06103-1919

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In 1993, CM’s Board of Directors established The Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation in honor of, and now in memory of, the late United States District Court Judge Robert C. Zampano, a pioneer in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  This award recognizes and celebrates leadership, initiative and creativity in mediation in Connecticut.  This year CM recognize Peter Benner, Esq. at an Award Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, One Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT at 6:00 p.m.

Peter Benner, Esq.

(Individual Tickets for this event are $75.00, of which $40.00 is tax deductible, and will benefit Community Mediation, Inc.)

We ask that your organization be a Zampano Award Sponsor.

  • $5,000 Platinum Sponsorship:  Sponsor with unlimited admissions, signage at the event, program recognition, recognition in all publicity related to the event, including our website
  • $2,500 Gold Sponsorship: 6 admissions, program recognition and recognition in all publicity related to the event, including our website;
  • $1,000 Silver Sponsorship: 4 admissions and recognition in the program and on our website;
  • $500 Bronze Sponsorship: 2 admissions and program recognition.

Peter Benner began practice as a full-time mediator and arbitrator in 2010, following 27 years with Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, concentrating in the commercial healthcare litigation fields. He now works as an independent neutral, trainer, consultant and teacher and serves on the Healthcare Panel of the American Arbitration Association and the Resolvers Panel of the American Health Lawyers Association.  Peter speaks and publishes regularly on conflict resolution issues and will be teaching Healthcare Dispute Resolution as an adjunct professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is former Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and for Chair for six years of the Grievance Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.














2016 Charles Pillsbury Peacemaker Award

Thank you to all who made this such a success!  Special thank you to Sen. Chris Murphy for making this our most successful Pillsbury Peacemaker event!  Thank you to Hamden Middle School for allowing us to use their facility. 

We hope to see you all again next year.


The Charles Pillsbury Peacemaker Award is named in honor of Charles A. Pillsbury, currently Executive Director of Mediators Beyond Borders and prior Executive Director of CM.  Charlie is known throughout this community for his tireless work promoting peace, justice and conflict resolution.

Charles A. Pillsbury

This year’s Pillsbury Peacemaker Award recipient is Sen. Chris Murphy is being honored for his contributions to reforming juvenile justice practices in our state.

Campaign Headshot Accepted

A breakfast reception is scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 am at The Hamden Middle School, 2326 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518.

Tickets for individuals are $50.00 each. ($30 of which is tax deductible)

  • $10,000 Presenting Sponsorship:  Recognition from the Podium; unlimited complimentary admissions, recognition on event signage, featured ad in event program and recognition on website and social media
  • $5,000 Platinum Sponsorship:  Unlimited complimentary admissions, recognition on event signage, full-page ad in event program, recognition on website and social media
  • $2,500 Gold Sponsorship: 6 complementary admissions, recognition on event signage. half-page ad in event program and recognition on website and social media;
  • $1,000 Silver Sponsorship: 4 complementary admissions, recognition on event signage, quarter-page ad in event program and recognition on website and social media;
  • $500 Bronze Sponsorship: 2 complementary admissions, recognition on event signage, eighth-page ad in program event and recognition on website and social media.

This year’s Sponsors are:

Platinum Sponsorship

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Gold Sponsorship

Quinnipiac University

Bronze Sponsorships

Boyz Books

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

Law Office of Kathleen Conway

Shalom United Church of Christ

Start Community Bank

University of New Haven – Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences

Yale New Haven Hospital

Yale University