2016 Spring Basic Mediation Training

Event Phone: (203) 782-3500

  • November 3, 2015 - May 13, 2016
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

May 23, 2016—May 27, 2016
9:00am until 5:00pm 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.***





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