Training Services

Basic Mediation Training

Become A Mediator

 

Community Mediation Services Training Institute (CMSTI), a renowned training entity with more than 30 years of experience in the field of community and family mediation, announces its Fall Basic Mediation training and Apprenticeship.

 

What is Mediation?  Mediation is a process of facilitated conversation in which an impartial third party (the mediator) helps people in a dispute talk over their concerns and needs, brainstorm for solutions, and work towards a resolution that will work best for everyone concerned.  Mediation can help build the bonds of trust lost in the dynamics of conflict.

 

Who can be a mediator?  Mediators come from a variety of backgrounds.  Your profession or education does not dictate whether you will be a good mediator . . . solid training, the right attitude, and lots of practice do!  Our mediation training provides you with the building blocks you need to become a successful mediator.

 

How can you become a Mediator?

Enroll in BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING – December: 4, 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2015.

 

The five-day training is certified by the Office of Court Administration.  Completion of the Basic Training and the Apprenticeship program is required to become a mediator for the Queens Mediation Network of Community Mediation Services.

 

Fee: $950.00  (Early Bird Special:  Register by November 2nd, 2015 with a $100 non-refundable deposit to get $100 off. Contact us about other discounts)

 

Location:  Community Mediation Services

8964 163rd St, Jamaica, NY 11432

 

Hours:  9am – 5pm

 

What recent participants are saying following the November 2014 CMS Training:

     Training at CMS over the last two weeks was a terrific experience!  I would like to enter the Apprenticeship Program.

Elizabeth H., NYC

     Just wanted to let you know how pleased I was with the Basic Mediation Training. The training, role plays and feedback were just terrific. I was really impressed by how well class worked together.

     I am looking forward to joining the Apprenticeship Program and am very happy it starts so soon.

Alexander Zimmer, Esq., NYC

  

BASIC MEDIATION APPRENTICESHIP

Upon completion of the Basic Mediation Training, trainees will be eligible to apply to participate in a 13-week apprenticeship.  Based upon individual schedules, apprentices will be offered the opportunity to develop their mediation skills in weekly 2 -3 hour mediations with a trained and experienced mediator/mentor.  Participants will observe, co-mediate and mediate cases which are referred to the CMS center followed by a thorough feedback and debriefing.  Apprentices will also be invited to attend the monthly in-services provided for all CMS mediators.  Fee: $650

 

TRAINERS – Mark Kleiman, Esq. and Michelle M. Leonard-Smith, Esq. will lead the training.  Mark and Michelle, an experienced team with more than 38 years of combined mediation trainer experience and mediation practice, are certified by the NYS Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program.

 

Tuition waivers and need-based scholarships are available for New York Attorneys.

The NYS Continuing Legal Education Board has approved the Basic Mediation Training for 39.5 CLE credits.

 

Trainings are Part 146 approved by the NYS Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs for minimum qualification to be on court mediation panels. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)

For more information or questions, please contact:

Regina Ritcey, Esq.,  Director of Mediation Services

718-523-6868 x256     rritcey@mediatenyc.org


Custody-Visitation Mediation Training

Community Mediation Services Training Institute (CMSTI), a renowned training entity with more than 30 years of experience in the field of community and family mediation, announces its Custody-Visitation Mediation Training Seminar.

The Custody and Visitation Training is a specialized, two-day training.  This course deals with mediating parental disputes by focusing on the needs of the children and the value and importance of the family.  Completion of the Basic Mediation Training is required before taking this training.

The fee associated with this training is $500 and is payable by check, money order, credit card or cash.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due ten days prior to the training, payable by check, money order or credit card.

Dates:  TBD

Location:  8964 163rd St, Jamaica, NY 11432

Tuition waivers and need-based scholarships are available for New York Attorneys.

This training has been approved by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 16 CLE credits (Skills – 15;  Ethics  –  1 ). 

Discounts are available for full-time graduate students and veterans.

TRAINERS – Mark Kleiman, Esq. and Michelle M. Leonard-Smith, Esq. will lead the training.  Mark and Michelle, an experienced team with more than 38 years of combined mediation trainer experience and mediation practice, are certified by the NYS Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program.

Trainings are Part 146 approved by the NYS Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs for minimum qualification to be on court mediation panels. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)

For more information, please contact:

Regina Ritcey, Esq.,  Director of Mediation Services

718-523-6868 x256     rritcey@mediatenyc.org

 

Divorce Mediation Program

Dates:  TBD.  This advanced training requires that participants have completed the 40-hour basic mediation training. The Divorce Mediation Training consists of a sixteen hour training designed to teach mediators the areas required to mediate divorce disputes, including understanding applicable law, parenting plans, support issues, asset division, taxes and writing memorandums of understanding. This interactive training offers exercises and role plays to enhance existing skills and exposure to the material provided in the training modules.

 

This training is being conducted by Mark Kleiman, Esq. and Michelle M. Leonard-Smith, Esq. Trainers are certified by the NYS Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program to provide Basic Mediation and Custody and Visitation Mediation Training. With more than 38 years of combined mediation trainer experience and mediation practice, Mark and Michelle provide an experiential training designed to enhance the trainee’s existing skills and knowledge.  In addition to founding CMS, Mark was a founding member of the NYC and NYS divorce mediation councils.

 

The Training offers 13 CLE credit hours in Skills and 1.5 CLE credit hours in Ethics and Professionalism

Trainings are approved by Part 146 of the NYS Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)

When:            TBD. 

Where:           89-64 163rd Street Jamaica, New York 11432 

Located near the E train-Jamaica Center stop. 

How Much:   $500 pay able by check, cash, money order or credit card. 

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is required at the time your spot in the training is reserved. 

Need-based scholarships and tuition waivers are available for New York attorneys. 

Discounts are available for students and veterans. 

For information regarding tuition waivers, available scholarships or discounts. or to apply for the training, please contact:

Contact:  

Regina Ritcey, Esq.,  Director of Mediation Services

718-523-6868 x256     rritcey@mediatenyc.org

 

Mediation Apprenticeship Program

Upon completion of the Basic Mediation Training, trainees are offered the opportunity to participate in a structured mediation practicum under the tutelage of an experienced mentor. Successful completion of this program is a prerequisite to becoming a volunteer mediator at Community Mediation Services, Inc.

Once enrolled in the apprenticeship practicum, your mentor will guide your small group through 13 weeks of structured learning, focusing on the different skills you will need to mediate independently. You will observe community cases, participate in role plays and co-mediate. Apprentices will receive verbal and written feedback from their mentor and their peer group throughout the program.

At the end of these 13 weeks, your mentor and/or the Director of Mediation Services or QMN Program Director will discuss your readiness to be observed. Feedback will be given after this first session and you will be scheduled for co-mediations to practice the areas that need improvement. A final observation by the Director of Mediation Services is required for all apprentices to successfully complete the process.

Once you have been approved to mediate on your own, you must mediate 12 cases at the Center within one year to become fully certified by the Queens Mediation Network.  Please note: completion of the 13 week program alone is not sufficient to achieve certification.

The cost of the apprenticeship program is $650 payable by cash, check, money order or credit card. Payment plan options are available; applicants interested in these options should contact the QMN Program Director directly.

For more information, please contact:

Sharon Osbourne, QMN Program Director
(718) 523-6868, x 269
sosbourne@mediatenyc.org

 

 

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The 2015 Training Schedule

 

December:

• Basic Mediation Training Class offered 9am – 5pm, December 4, 5, 6, 12th and 13th

$950