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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.

Save the Date! NEACR Presents...

17 Apr 2018 • Harvard Law School

Featured Organizational Member Events

28 Mar 2018 5:30 PM • 500 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02909
29 Mar 2018 12:00 PM • 80 William Street, Suite 200, Wellesley, MA 02481
01 May 2018 8:30 AM • The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA 02466
14 May 2018 8:30 AM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Other Events to Explore

    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 60 Gore Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
    This training provides hands-on skill development, combining role plays, exercises and presentations. It meets the statutory requirements for mediator confidentiality related to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 233, Section 23C and can be the first step toward certification under Rule 8: SJC Rules on Dispute Resolution.


    Thursday, March 22 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Friday, March 23 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Tuesday, March 27 from 3:00pm–6:00pm

    Wednesday, March 28 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Thursday, March 29 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    $750 ($695 if registration received by September 26)
    If you can not pay in full at the time of registration, a $250 non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot. Full cost of training must be paid by the last day of training. Please contact cdscinfo@communitydispute.org with any questions and to arrange payment plan/deposit.

    This training has been approved for 28 CEU’s for licensed social workers and 31 CEU’s for licensed mental health counselors.

    Early enrollment is encouraged. Space is limited to 24 participants. Click here to register now!

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 5-6 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.

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
    Chances are, the more responsible you are for organizational or community outcomes, the more meetings you will need to facilitate and the more agreements you will need to build. Facilitation is critical to success whenever a decision involves several people. Essential Facilitation® provides a solid framework and proven techniques for resolving conflict, creating buy-in, and building lasting agreements - skills as valuable in every day life as they are in organizational settings.

    With an average participant-to-trainer ratio of 10:1, you will receive considerable attention, including both group and individual feedback and coaching. This approach produces immediate gains in skills and awareness. We tailor the course to the participants, creating the opportunity for novice and advanced facilitators to improve their skills.

    Click here to register or learn more about this workshop and other events held by the Interaction Institute for Social Change. 
    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 06473

    Civility in our country’s political discourse has clearly declined, and the political climate has become increasingly bitter. We have all seen public meetings turn into shouting matches or worse. But what can be done? Is there a way to elevate the tone of dialogue in our country? Can we bring back civility?

    This two-day workshop will focus on how to moderate deliberative dialogues, one of many tools that we can use to bring citizens together to reason and talk and to deliberate about contentious public policy issues facing our society. Participants will be introduced to the National Issues Forum (NIF) model, which provides a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and search for common ground for action. During this experienced-based training participants will be guided through the process of how issues are framed and the discussion is moderated.

    This workshop will train moderators how to lead a deliberative dialogue with a small group. Moderators use an issue discussion guide that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem and then three or four broad approaches to it. In this workshop, participants will be guided through the process of how issues are framed for public deliberation, how to help organizations convene and organize such forums, and how to facilitate a deliberative dialogue. They will then engage in a real dialogue session on an important policy issue. Participants will be given the opportunity to act as moderators of the dialogue and receive feedback and coaching. Special focus will be given to developing facilitation skills that can be used for dialogues and other forums participants might want to facilitate/moderate.

    The next Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training at Quinnipiac will be held on April 18-19, 2018. For more information and registration, click here.

    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • 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 20-22, 2018 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.

    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 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, formerly known as Public Conversations Project. 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 Dave Joseph for this three day workshop, or click here for more information and to register today.

    • 02 May 2018
    • Champlain College, Lakeside Avenue Campus, 175 Lakeside Ave, Burlington, VT 05401

    If you handle conflict in your work, are exploring mediation as a possible future vocation, or want to learn about mediation as a resource for clients, this workshop in basic mediation techniques is for you. A mediator guides difficult discussions, encouraging people to find a satisfactory outcome. Mediation can help resolve disputes among co-workers, neighbors, landlords and tenants, business partners, or business owners and clients.

    Participants in this dynamic four-day workshop learn and practice skills in identifying and framing issues, listening for interests, controlling the mediation process, helping disputants solve problems, finalizing agreements and handling special problems in mediation.

    This workshop has been approved by the Vermont Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for 26.25 hours and by the VT Secretary of State for 8 hours of Continuing Education for Real Estate professionals. The four day schedule looks as follows:

    Wednesday, 5/2 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Thursday, 5/3 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

    Friday, 5/4 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

    Saturday, 5/5 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

    For more information, click here and register today. You may also contact Susannah Eriksson at (802) 865-5441 or eriksson@champlain.edu.

    • 02 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 500 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02909

    The Center for Mediation & Collaboration Rhode Island will hold its Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training, a highly interactive 40-hour course, taught by experienced mediators and trainers, that provides participants with the fundamentals of the facilitative mediation process.

    The training is focused on practical skill-building with many group exercises and role-plays. While the BMT is open to anyone, it fulfills the Rhode Island statute training requirement for mediators. It is also approved as CLE/CEU credit for attorneys and social workers in Rhode Island.

    This particular training will be held on weekdays, taking place on five dates between May 2-16. The cost of the training is $995, which includes all materials. Click here to register today. For more information call 401-273-9999 or email CMCRI at info@cmcri.org

    • 04 May 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 60 Gore Street, East Cambridge, MA 02141
    This course is designed for mediators who are interested in the practice of divorce mediation. The training integrates substantive information with practice through interactive role play experience. The prerequisite is a 30-hour Basic Mediation Training.

    The training team is a distinguished group of divorce and family mediation practitioners with years of mediation and training experience. The training schedule, as well as specific trainers who will be in attendance, is as follows:

    Friday, May 4, 2018 • 9:30am – 5:00pm

       - Faculty: Jeanne Cleary, Rachel Goldman, Joyce Kauffman

    Thursday, May 10, 2018 • 9:30am – 5:00pm

       - Faculty: Michael Leshin, Justin Kelsey, Robert Smith

    Friday, May 11, 2018 • 9:30am – 5:00pm

       - Faculty: Brad Honoroff, Jane Honoroff, Jeff Fraser, Hon. Maureen Monks

    Limited to 24 participants. Registrants who cancel before April 18 will receive a full refund. Later cancellations will be refunded only if space is filled. The cost of this training is $695 ($675 if registration received by April 1), $595 for Volunteers with other Community Mediation Centers and $400 for CDSC Volunteers.

    For more info, contact CDSC by phone at 617-876-5376, by  email at cdscinfo@communitydispute.org or visit the CDSC website and register today.
    • 07 Jun 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.

    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, ME 04106

    This training is for individuals interested in becoming a mediator or applying mediation skills to their personal and professional lives. This program will focus on both the problem solving orientation

    (facilitative, directive) and transformative orientation models. The training is highly interactive and will incorporate different styles of learning including presentations, demonstrations, interactive discussions and role-play practice with mediation scenarios. Guest mediation coaches will provide additional guidance and experience in your learning.

    At the end of the training, participants report an amazing shift in the way they talk, listen and problem solve – at work and in their family life. The primary focus of the training is both on learning new skills, understanding how to apply them in your life and the steps to developing a mediation practice. 

    For more information either click here or contact Community Mediation Services at mediate@voanne.org or 207-373-1140 x229.

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI's Mediation Skills Refresher Program is an eight-hour advanced mediation training designed to refresh, recharge and prepare mediators to effectively facilitate the mediation process. This program is focused on best practices and skill development within the facilitative mediation model.

    Open to mediators both within and outside of the MWI Court Panel, the training is intended for mediators of all experience levels. Whether looking to end an extended break from the field or still actively mediating, this training is for you. Regardless of where and when you were trained, MWI's training team consists of experienced mediators and trainers who will rejuvenate and bolster the mediation tool kits of all attendees. 

    The next Mediation Skills Refresher training will be held on Thursday, June 21 at MWI’s office in downtown Boston. Early registration discounts are offered through one month in advance of the program. Click here for more information or contact Marcus Stergio at 617-895-4029 or mstergio@mwi.org.

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training Program is designed to prepare participants to effectively facilitate the mediation process. The program explores all aspects of the mediation process through the use of interactive lectures, demonstrations, exercises, supervised role-plays and group discussions.

    MWI's 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 weekend and weeknight training will be held on select weeknights and weekend days July 11 through 29, 2018. All meeting dates will be held at MWI's office in Boston. Refreshments will be provided throughout the training. Click here for more information and registration, or contact Chuck Doran at 617-895-4026 or cdoran@mwi.org.

    • 19 Jul 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Are you witnessing an increase in divisiveness in your community? Do you see the need for us to talk across our divides? Do you want to be able to help your community have the difficult conversations it needs to have to move forward together? Essential Partners is offering a two-day workshop to help you build skills to facilitate tough conversations, whether in your daily life or in formal dialogues. This workshop is intended to be an introductory workshop for those new to facilitation or to our model.

    Community is an act of courage. We believe that behind every belief is a person with a story. 27 years ago, Essential Partners created a unique approach to dialogue that promotes connection and curiosity between those who see one another as enemies. Our approach, Reflective Structure Dialogue (RSD), has transformed conflicts across the country and the world, and is widely applicable to the vital conversations that communities need to have to do the work they need to do. An intentional communication process can help individuals, groups, and communities rebuild trust, enhance resilience, address challenging issues, and have constructive conversations with people from different perspectives or those they otherwise would avoid or fight with.

    Join trainers Robert R. Stains and Kathy Eckles for this one of a kind introduction to facilitating the correct way. Click here for more information and to register today.

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