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Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques

Faculty: Nina Meierding and Jim Craven

**Includes 2 CLE hours of ethics and 1 CLE hour of elimination of bias.

Advanced mediation is a highly interactive course that moves far beyond introductory lectures and simple role-plays to draw upon the vast mediation work of the highly experienced trainers who have more than 8,000 mediations between them and the wisdom of experienced participants. Much of the course will consist of comparing participants’ techniques and approaches to common problems in mediation. The course will be limited in enrollment.

Participants are accepted through application. They must have completed acceptable, basic mediation training, and have significant experience as a mediator.

What you will learn:

  • Review of the "STAR" approach to mediation
  • Stages in complex mediations
  • Understanding how different techniques apply to early, mid-stage, and
    late-stage negotiations
  • Tasks and strategies in resolving difficult cases
  • Activities of experienced mediators in moving beyond impasse
  • Results that experienced mediators seek beyond just a settlement, including the art of the apology
  • The best advice from colleagues in the field who have financially successful practices--including what separates the trained mediator with no cases from the one who is in demand
  • What prominent mediation organizations tell panelists about procedures, practices, and ethical dilemmas

Nina Meierding, a former civil attorney, has been a national leader in the field of conflict resolution, training thousands of individuals in businesses, courts, school districts, governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, and universities throughout the United States and abroad for almost 30 years. She has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law for over 20 years and Southern Methodist University for over 15 years and has taught at many other universities, as well as the National Judicial College and the California Judicial College.  She is a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and served on the board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution and many other organizations. She was the director and senior mediator at the Mediation Center in Ventura, California, from 1985 to 2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes and is currently the mediation consultant for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS).

Jim Craven is a lawyer, mediator, and frequent speaker in the conflict resolution field. He has been practicing law for 36 years and remains of counsel to the Spokane, Washington, law firm of Evans, Craven & Lackie which he cofounded in 1978. He has extensive experience in the mediation of complex disputes, having served clients throughout the northwest since 1990. He serves on the construction, commercial and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association, and is a member of the Washington Mediation Association. Craven was a trial lawyer for 25 years before becoming a full-time neutral. His trial practice emphasized complex construction, environmental, commercial, and professional negligence litigation. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University and the LLM in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University. In addition to his dispute resolution practice, Craven consults with business and government on a wide range of issues.