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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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Featured Organizational Member Events

10 Jan 2018 3:30 PM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
18 Jan 2018 8:30 AM • 500 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02909
29 Mar 2018 12:00 PM • 80 William Street, Suite 200, Wellesley, MA 02481

Other Events to Explore

    • 15 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Most meetings are so crammed full of agenda items, reports, and outside interruptions that little if any time is left to reflect on our work, hopes and deepest purposes. Spaces to reflect can sometimes feel wasteful; a luxury that most people just cannot afford. A growing body of evidence tells us otherwise. In situations of conflict, reflection interrupts reactive patterns and makes space for people to listen in a new way. In situations of decision making, reflection allows a group to tap into its deepest purposes, avoid groupthink, limit mistakes and get creative.

    The good news is that there are ways to add reflective practices to every meeting, retreat and dialogue you lead that make even a crammed meeting feel spacious and connected. Reflection has been a hallmark of Public Conversations Project's work for 25 years and now, with Essential Partners, is what helps set groups up for success even in the most challenging circumstances.


    Learn more about this particular workshop led by instructor Parisa Parsa by clicking here.

    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

    So often, questions are asked to confirm an assumption, to challenge, or to convince. But what would happen if we asked questions to truly learn about one another, particularly those with whom we disagree? Questions and the way they are asked have the potential to transform your interactions, informing how you approach, view, and engage people, particularly those with whom you deeply disagree. In this workshop, you'll harness the power of questions to invite understanding and connections between the asked and the asker.


    Join lead trainer Robert Stains Jr. and the Essential Partners team for this one of a kind workshop. Click here for more information and to register today. You may also email training@whatisessential.org for more information.

    • 31 Jan 2018
    • 40 Webster Place, Brookline, MA 02445
    Metropolitan Mediation Services offers 36-hour Certificate Programs of Training in Mediation. These trainings satisfy the provisions of the rule 8 guidelines of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution. CEU credits are available for Social Workers, PDP credits for educators and CE credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.


    This training will provide participants with an understanding of conflict and the range of chosen or reflexive responses, as well as the development of communication skills that build relationships and understandings. Mediators will learn how to manage a negotiation and the exchange of offers, along with how to address issues of power and power balances while creating strategies for agreement.


    The cost of the training is $725 or, if registered by the January 12 early registration deadline, a discounted price of $610. Final registration deadline is January 19. Registration is available online by clicking here. To inquire further about this training, email MMS Director Josh Jacks at joshua.jacks@metromediation.org.

    • 08 Feb 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, February 8 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.


    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge MA 02138

    Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance when difficult moments arise. The difficulty might be an unexpected tense moment among group members, or it may come in the form of a challenge to your legitimacy. In either case, you can learn to prevent an intense “deer in the headlight” moment and instead act calmly and intentionally. Whether you’re a civic or religious leader, trainer, committee chair, organizer, manager, or facilitator of any kind, you will benefit from a conceptual framework for thinking on your feet and the opportunity to apply that framework as you practice "staying grounded." This highly interactive workshop provides both.


    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.


    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 06473

    The QUSL mediation training is designed for lawyers and non-lawyers alike and is led by experienced mediators and trainers, William Logue and Lorraine Della Porta. This training is focused around experiential learning; each participant will have many opportunities to apply and practice mediation skills and receive feedback. Participants will gain the following skills:


    - Deeper understanding of mediation as a way to resolve disputes in commercial and business affairs, divorce and child custody cases, employment relationships, union-management contracts, environmental matters, health care issues, public policy debates and other areas

    - Ability to design and provide mediation services in a variety of settings

    - Listening, reframing, defusing and containing emotions and other communication skills

    - Ability to manage interest-based negotiations between two or more parties


    Each participant receives a binder with training materials and readings. This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours for the National Association of Social Workers Connecticut and meets the continuing education criteria for Connecticut Social Work Licensure renewal. The mediation training also now satisfies the basic mediation training requirement for membership in the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.


    Lunch is provided and attendance at all five days of the training is required. Join lead trainers William Logue and Loraine Della Porta for the next training at Quinnipiac in March 2018! For more information and registration, click here.

    • 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.


    • 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.

    • 14 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 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 14-18 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.


    • 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.

    • 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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