Training Services

Basic Mediation Training

The Basic Mediation Training consists of a forty-hour training certified by the Office of Court Administration.   Completion of the Basic Training and the Apprenticeship program is required to be considered a volunteer mediator for the Queens Mediation Network (QMN). QMN provides our volunteers with on-going conflict resolution and mediation training opportunities, actual case experience, and constructive feedback.

The fee associated with this training is $850 and is payable by check, money order or credit card.  If taken in conjunction with the Divorce Mediation Training, the combined fee is $1,250.  Please note that the training is accredited by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for eligible NYS attorneys.

For more information or questions, please contact:

Peggy Russell, Director of Director of Mediation Services
(718) 523-6868, x 256
prussell@mediatenyc.org


Custody-Visitation Mediation Training

The Custody and Visitation Training is a specialized, twelve-hour 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. This training is also required to be considered for the New York City Family Court Custody and Visitation Mediation Program panel.  

The fee associated with this training is $400 and is payable by check, money order or credit card. Interested attorney applicants are eligible for skills and ethics CLE credits.

To complete the training application, please click the link below:

For more information, please contact:

Peggy Russell, Director of Director of Mediation Services
(718) 523-6868, x 256
prussell@mediatenyc.org

 

Divorce Mediation Program

On December 6 and 8, 2013. 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:            December 6 and 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

 

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.

 

Contact:  For information regarding application for tuition waivers , available scholarships or discounts  or to apply for the training:

Contact:  Peggy Russell                                 Lee Chabin    

prussell@mediatenyc.org                         lchabin@mediatenyc.org 

718-523-6868 ext 256                                 718-523-6868 Ext 252

 

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 $500 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.

 

VETERAN AND STUDENT DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

Eligible participants may receive CLE credits for this portion of the course.

 Trainings are Part 146 approved by 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.)

For more information please contact:

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

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The 2014 Training Schedule

 

March:

• Basic Mediation Training Class offered 9am – 5pm, March 21, 22, 23, 28, and 30

$850