Family & Community Mediation, in partnership with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension presents a 40-hour basic mediation training on Sept. 23, 24, 25 & Oct 2 & 3, 2019 – Orono, ME

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    Interested in becoming a mediator? Enhancing your conflict resolution/management skills? Or, learning how to assist others in resolving their conflict-related issues? If yes, plan to attend this 5-day hands-on highly interactive practical training. Demonstrations, discussions, exercises, videos, and role-play practice with mediation scenarios are central features of this training in addition to mini- lectures. It will focus on both the facilitative and transformative orientation models. Guest mediator coaches will provide additional guidance and experience in your learning.

    You will learn:

    • Conflict theory and stress response
    • Theories and practice of mediation – both facilitative and transformative orientations
      • Screening for mediation appropriateness
      •  Build and enhance client rapport
      •  Effective interventions and practice
    • The impact of mediator influence and bias
    • Standards of mediator practice & ethics
    • The professional limitations of mediation practice

    Learn new skills, understand how to apply them to your life and to a mediation practice by taking this training. Past participants report an amazing shift in the way they talk, listen and problem solve – at work and in their family life.

    At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, a commonly accepted state and national standard. Note: Participants are expected to attend all training sessions to receive a certificate.

    KAREN GROATDirector of Family and Community Mediation, has worked with mediators, families, communities and outside organizations for over 18 years, specializing in complex family conflict and systems in more than 3500 mediations. An experienced Transformative Mediation trainer and communication coach, she also provides private and court-related mediation and training and is on the Maine Association of Mediators Board of Governors. FCM has expanded statewide in partnership with MAMP to serve Maine’s agriculture and rural communities.

    LEAH BOYD is mediator, facilitator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She is co-owner of Clarity Services, LLC offering communication-related services to a variety of organizations as well as individuals. Since 2010 Leah has mediated for private clients, as well as the Maine District Court and the Department of Education.

    And other professionals in the mediation field with experience in a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices.

    Enroll Early! Registration is limited.
    Dates: September 23, 24, 25 (mon. Tue. Wed.) & October 2, 3 (Wed. Thur.), 2019
    Time:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location:  One York Complex, University of Maine, Orono, ME
    Fee:  $885, $775 Early Bird rate if registered by August 23, 2019
    Credit:: Maine CLE available *For CLE credit add an additional $35 to registration fee
    ​For more information contact: Karen Groat at or