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NEACR works to provide you with information and resources about conflict resolution training, advanced education, regional events, networking opportunities and more. 


Please see below for a list of upcoming NEACR events (including our very own Fall Program, Book Clubs, Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference) as well as the many other trainings and workshops being held with mediation centers and training programs throughout New England.


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    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher Street, Boston, MA 02210

    Maggie Herzig and Essential Partners are proud to honor Laura’s life and legacy in a benefit for Essential Partners. A complimentary copy of Laura's book comes with the purchase of each ticket, and both cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Click here to register today.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • 9 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915
    On Saturday, November 17, NSCMC will be partnering with Gimme Live and 9 Wallis Street for a fun and entertaining fundraising event in Beverly. 

    Singer/Bandleader Henri Smith and several special guests bring the spirit and soul of New Orleans to the North Shore's most intimate, elegant listening room for a unique concert to benefit the North Shore Community Mediation Center.

    For those who are interested in attending or helping NSCMC reach out by invitation to others who might be interested, please contact the NSCMC office at (978) 232-1212 or info@nsmediation.org. To visit the event website and purchase tickets directly, please visit https://gimmelive.com/henrismith.cfm.
    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 01002, UMASS Campus Center #917

    The Social Justice Mediation Institute & Quabbin Mediation invite you to a workshop with Dr. Beth Roy titled, "Power, Emotion and Culture in Change Making Facilitation and Mediation."


    Power dynamics and culture impact facilitation and mediation and present not only challenges for intervenors but opportunities to enable profound change to occur.


    Some years ago, Beth Roy successfully mediated a highly charged issue of gentrification in a San Francisco neighborhood which she wrote about in The Bernal Story: Mediating Class and Race in a Multicultural Community (Syracuse U. Press, 2014). In this workshop, she will explore constructive ways of facilitating and mediating in the face of power, culture, and emotion building on her work in Bernal. She will examine how a successful process is an opportunity for people to learn communication skills, to clear the air, and to work through profound differences. It helps disputants to move into a collaborative frame of mind, making the actual negotiation of changes and agreements a thing of grace.


    The workshop teaches ways of working with all three elements: power, culture and emotion. Through lecture, exercises and demonstration, participants learn concepts and skills to enhance their facilitation skill set.


    Beth Roy, PhD, is a long-time mediator and workshop leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. Trained as a sociologist at University of California, Berkeley, she teaches there in the Peace and Conflict Studies program. Dr. Roy is a founder of the Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute (PRASI), a network of writers dedicated to supporting academic and other professional authors to regard lived experience as the basis of research and to write their knowledge for publication. She co-edited Re-Centering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2008).


    Registration for the event includes a fee of only $25, and payment at the door is accepted, although registration in advance is highly encouraged to help with light snack preparations. For registration, contact Leah Wing by email at aleahwing@gmail.com. Payments should be made out to the Social Justice Mediation Institute, P.O. Box 1223, Amherst, MA 01004. Parking is available next the Lincoln Campus Center, UMASS Amherst.

    • 03 Dec 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Edwards House, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702

    MetroWest Mediation Services (MWMS) offers a 35-hour mediation training program which emphasizes facilitative mediation as an alternative to litigation and a method for resolving difficult business, legal & community issues. The training program is conducted by a highly qualified and experienced team of trainers who are also mediation practitioners.


    Through the use of lectures, demonstrations, interactive exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions, the training will prepare you to become a mediator and to effectively facilitate the mediation process. Our training offers the fundamentals upon which mediation specializations are built, for example, divorce or public policy mediation. This course appeals to a wide variety of people from the fields of education, law, social services and business who want to apply mediation skills to their personal, professional and civic lives.


    The mediation training meets the training requirement outlined in the Massachusetts Confidentiality Statute (MGL ch233 sec 23C) and Rule 8(c)(i) of the MA Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.


    Course dates are December 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and 12th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm in Framingham. Training fee is $675. The course fee includes continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and training materials.

    Registration is available at https://www.metrowestmediationservices.org/


    • 06 Dec 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI’s Housing and Eviction program is an advanced mediation training designed for mediators interested in helping tenants and landlords resolve housing and eviction disputes. Lead trainer Marcus Stergio will focus on the special considerations practitioners face when mediating eviction cases, including but not limited to homelessness, the challenges of property ownership, landlord-tenant relationships, protecting the rights of both parties, working with the law, agreement writing and mediating eviction cases in Massachusetts District and Municipal Courts.


    This one day training is held at the MWI office located in downtown Boston. Click here for more information and to register today. Early registration discounts are offered until one month in advance of the program. You may also contact Marcus Stergio at 617-895-4029 or mstergio@mwi.org.

    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Online Webinar

    As Collaborative Professionals, we all have a role in effectively facilitating joint meetings, yet many of us have never been trained in the art of facilitation. Acquiring facilitation skills increases the Collaborative Team’s ability to plan and effectively participate in joint meetings, help clients navigate the decision-making process, and manage conflict in the moment. This webinar, the first in a two-part series, December 12th 2:00 to 3:30pm and January 30th 2:00 to 3:30pm, will introduce you to the concepts of facilitation and their application in the Collaborative Process. Part Two will focus on applying theory to practice.


    Rachel B. Goldman specializes in mediation, conflict resolution consulting, settlement negotiation, and collaborative family law. She recently moved from Boston to Los Angeles, where she provides mediation and conflict resolution consulting services, including individual and group conflict coaching, design and facilitation of small and large group dialogues, team-building, and organizational strategic support. In addition, she continues to maintain her mediation and collaborative family law practice in Massachusetts, serving as of counsel with Clapp Family Law LLC in Wellesley, Massachusetts. In addition to her law and conflict resolution practice, Rachel frequently teaches and presents to professional groups, law students, college students, and the public about divorce law, collaborative practice, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution.


    Attorney Rita S. Pollack is a collaborative lawyer, mediator and facilitator who lives in Tucson, AZ. She was the co-founder and first President of MCLC and President of the International Academy of Collaborative Presidents (IACP). Rita has taught basic and advanced workshops throughout the United States and Canada, in Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Europe, promoting excellence in collaborative skills. With Cathy Heenan, she co-created the DVD series, Collaborative Practice in Action, showing real work done in real time with real people.


    Both webinars are available for one price, $79. For more information and registration, click here.


    • 17 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 06473

    Build and enhance your mediation skills. After completing a basic mediation and conducting mediations do you feel there is room to improve? Do you sometimes struggle dealing with difficult behavior and high emotions, managing multiple parties and advocate/party dynamics, managing the money bargaining and helping parties close the deal?


    This program can help you move to the next level. The program will use examples from business, commercial workplace and civil disputes. Much of the program will involve practice in small groups and fishbowl mediation simulations with peer and instructor feedback.


    The program will be held January 17-18 and is designed for those who have received basic mediation training or who mediate regularly as part of their professional role as lawyers, HR professionals, managers or others and are familiar with the structure and skills of mediation. Limited to 18 participants.


    Early registration is $450 before December 19, 2018, while regular registration is $525 on or after December 19, 2018. For more information and registration, click here or contact Bill Logue at centerdisres@quinnipiac.edu

    • 23 Jan 2019
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138
    25 years ago, Public Conversations Project created a unique approach to dialogue that promoted connection and curiosity between those who saw one another as the enemy. Their approach, now as Essential Partners, has transformed conflicts across the country and the world - but its principles are widely applicable for everyday conversation. An intentional communication process can help individuals, organizations and communities build trust, enhance resilience for addressing future challenging issues, and have constructive conversations with those they otherwise “wouldn’t be caught dead with.”

    In this workshop led by trainer Katie Hyten, participants will learn basic theory and the practice of Essential Partners’ relationship-centered approach to better communication and dialogue and will be empowered to achieve a shared, clear and mutually understood purpose in a conversation.


    Send an email to info@whatisessential.org for more information or click here to register today.

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138

    Practical decisions about collective action can raise underlying, unexpected, and often polarizing differences of values, beliefs, and identities. And if those differences aren’t acknowledged, they can drive dysfunctional patterns of communication, fraying relationships and building bad faith. Agreements about collective action are more likely to last when relationships are strong.


    Essential Partners’ approach to dialogue reaffirms that all stakeholders share a common investment in their community, organization, or institution. This two-day workshop will orient participants to dialogue as the vital first step toward a successful collective action process. Join trainer Kathy Eckles and participants from around the globe for this interactive and impactful workshop. 


    Send an email to info@whatisessential.org for more information or click here to register today.

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Power of Dialogue is the flagship workshop of Essential Partners. This is a comprehensive “deep dive” into their time-tested method for transforming conflicted conversations about divisive issues.


    Even within the most contentious issues or fraught situations, the right tools enable a community to foster understanding, restore relationships, and move forward. The Power of Dialogue is a highly interactive workshop that offers a widely applicable skill set for those with a range of experience levels. As a facilitator, you will learn how to create conversations that foster mutual understanding between groups and individuals divided by deep differences.


    Hundreds of facilitators, peacebuilders, mediators, and other community leaders from the US and 18 other countries have taken this workshop since its inception in 1996 and are implementing its lessons worldwide. Join lead trainer Robert Stains on March 14-16. Call 617-923-1216 ext. 10, email training@whatisessential.org or click here for more information and to register today.

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop concentrates on the theory and practice of joint problem-solving and negotiation. Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the bestseller "Getting To Yes," this two-day interactive workshop is designed to build your capacity to negotiate collaboratively, producing better outcomes for all parties while enhancing long-term working relationships.


    MWI’s Negotiation Skills Workshop stimulates participants’ awareness of the complexities of negotiation, equips participants with a framework for understanding, diagnosing and leading the negotiation process, enhances participants’ skills through hands-on experience and feedback while providing participants with a process for continued improvement and learning.


    The next workshop will be held on April 4-5 at the MWI office in downtown Boston. Click here for more information and registration, or contact Chuck Doran at 617-895-4026 or cdoran@mwi.org.


    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138

    Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance in difficult moments. The difficulty might be an unexpected tension among group members or challenges to the facilitator’s legitimacy. As a facilitator, you avoid “deer in headlights” moments by developing the capacity to stay cool and think on your feet.


    This workshop helps experienced facilitators navigate these delicate, confrontational, or explosive moments effectively, with purpose and poise. The curriculum leverages reflective practices and real-world scenarios to develop a facilitator’s existing tools to meet the needs of the most challenging circumstances.


    Join lead trainer trainer Robert Stains, Jr. at Essential Partners office in Cambridge, MA. For information and to register today, send an email to info@whatisessential.org or click here.


    • 12 Apr 2019
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI's Divorce Mediation Training program is a comprehensive twenty-four hour divorce mediation training designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective divorce mediators through demonstrations, presentations, exercises, written materials and role-plays. This program is for mediators who have completed at least thirty hours of mediation training and who are interested in incorporating divorce mediation into their practice.


    Opportunities to observe and mediate with MWI are available upon successful completion of the training program and post-training skill assessment. Mediators who complete the Divorce Mediation Training are also eligible to participate with MWI in mediating family cases referred by both the Norfolk and Plymouth divisions of the Probate and Family Court department. Click here to learn more about that program.


    MWI's next Divorce Mediation Training will be held April 12-14, 2019 at the MWI office in downtown Boston. Click here for registration or to access more information about the training and post-training family mediation opportunities with MWI. With any questions you might have, Josh Hoch at 617-895-4028 or jhoch@mwi.org.

    • 13 May 2019
    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 01002

    The Social Justice Mediation Model was developed in response to the pattern that has emerged in the field of mediation revealing that mainstream mediation is not equally serving all segments of the population. Despite the demonstrated success of mediation, recent research shows that it also routinely reproduces privilege both structurally within the institution and interpersonally between disputing parties. In this training, we will undertake a critical examination of how and why this occurs in mainstream approaches to mediation and we will investigate new strategies that address these concerns. Participants will be trained to mediate applying a social justice lens to the structure and strategies of their own interventions while assisting the parties in designing mutually agreeable resolutions and future plans.


    This model is built upon theoretical frameworks grounded in the fields of Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Multicultural Education, and Conflict Resolution. Its unique approach is not offered by any other training institute or trainers and has been utilized by over 100 campuses and organizations across the country. So far, over 3000 people have been trained in this model. It has been praised for preparing mediators to effectively respond to the realities of multicultural conflicts in organizations and communities.


    For more details on the approach and how one college utilized it, see the 2002 Paine article by clicking here.


    The next training will be held from May 13-17, 2019 in Amherst, MA. Training tuition is $990 and includes a continental breakfast each morning as well as snacks throughout the day. Registration is open and can be completed by click hereWith any questions about the training, please contact Leah Wing at aleahwing@gmail.com


    • 13 May 2019
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program is a five-day comprehensive "hands-on" mediation skill building program designed for professionals interested in becoming effective mediators through the use of interactive lectures, demonstrations, exercises, supervised role-plays, and group discussions.


    MWI's basic mediation trainings meet the training requirement outlined in the Massachusetts Confidentiality Statute (MGL ch233 sec 23C - www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/233-23c.htm) and in Rule 8(c)(i) of the MA Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution. CEUs are available for Licensed Social Workers (NASW for LICSWs), Mental Health Counselors (with MMCEP for LMHCs), and Human Resource Professionals (PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute).


    The next MWI weekday training will be held May 13-17 at the MWI office located in downtown Boston. Refreshments will be provided throughout the program. Click here for more information and program registration, or contact Chuck Doran at 617-895-4026 or cdoran@mwi.org.


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