Mediation Process Training

Demand for mediation is rising within our society as effective intervention skills are invaluable in all relationships. For this reason the Center offers a forty-hour seminar on the best practices in mediation and adult learning.

By means of exercises and dialogue, participants will learn theory, history, tools, contexts, and challenges of effective mediation while receiving feedback and coaching from experienced practitioners. Specific practical applications include organizational conflict management, community or group dispute facilitation, and interest-based interpersonal communications.




Date: October 2 – 6, 2006
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Trainers: Bernard Mayer & Barbara Raye
Fee: $860.00 (includes materials)

How to Register
To register for this training, contact the Center or download and return this registration form, being sure to indicate your interest in the Mediation Process Training.
The training venue and lodging information is forthcoming.

About the Trainers


Bernard Mayer

Bernard Mayer, Ph.D

Bernard Mayer is a professor at the Werner Institute of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also a partner at CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. Since the late 1970's, Bernie has worked as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, researcher, and dispute systems designer. He has mediated or facilitated the resolution of labor management, public policy, ethnic, business, family, community, and intergovernmental conflicts.

Bernie works with NGOs and corporations as well as with federal and local governments in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is the author of many works on conflict resolution, including The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioners Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and Beyond Neutrality: Confronting the Crisis in Conflict Resolution ( Jossey-Bass, 2004).

Barbara Raye

Barbara Raye, MBA

Barbara Raye serves under contract as the Executive Administrator for the international Victim Offender Mediation Association. She is also founder and Executive Director of the Center for Policy, Planning and Performance, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization committed to social and economic justice. The Center provides consulting services, project management, and policy analysis to public and nonprofit organizations. It has offices in Minnesota, Kenya, and Romania.

Barbara practices mediation and provides training in the United States and internationally. She has written widely on collaboration, ethical use of power, being an effective change agent, and the cultural, racial and gender bias in the North American mediation model. She received her basic mediation training at CDR Associates.

Key Features of the Training

  • Beyond Neutrality: The Future of Conflict Resolution, a speech by Professor Mayer.

  • Diverse teaching methods, including classroom-style lecture, discursive role plays, films, dynamic learning exercises, and outside text.

  • Connections between mediation and issues of cultural competence, gender, and international relations based on trainers’ backgrounds.

Training Certification

This 40-hour basic Mediation Process Training meets the standard of the Minnesota Supreme Court ADR-Rule 114 for neutral qualification. (This standard is required for private mediation centers and state rosters.) We provide all attendees with a certificate of completion and the option of admission to the ADR-Rule 114 Neutral Roster. (For non-Minnesota residents, we will gather the documents necessary to be filed.)