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:
Nina Meierding is a national leader in the field of conflict resolution and has been providing training and mediation services for over 24 years. 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 is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University, and Lipscomb University. She was the director and senior mediator at the Mediation Center for Family Law in Ventura, California, from 1985 to 2007 where she mediated over 4,000 disputes. She is a consultant for the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System (WSEMS). Meierding has trained thousands of individuals in businesses, courts, school districts, governmental agencies, medical centers, corporations, and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
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.