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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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Please check back for updates on the next NEACR event!

Featured Organizational Member Events

17 Oct 2017 8:30 AM • 500 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02909
14 Nov 2017 5:30 PM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
10 Jan 2018 3:30 PM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Other Events to Explore

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 PM
    • Greenfield, MA

    This highly interactive, practice-based training is open to anyone who wants to increase their ability to deal with conflict or help others work through conflict. Learn simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements effectively, and gain skills and confidence in handling and helping others manage challenging situations. Whether you intend to be a formal mediator or wish to develop skills that you can use in other professional or personal situations, this training is a great place to start.

    The Mediation & Training Collaborative (TMTC) is a court-approved mediation program and this training meets SJC Rule 8 and Guidelines training requirements for those who wish to become court-qualified mediators. Social work CECs and attorney CLEs (MA TAFL, VT) available upon request. 

    This course is held on weeknights from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. There is an additional full day scheduled for 11/18, which is optional, but would give trainees a full forty hour training. The cost is $650-850. For more details and registration, visit http://www.communityaction.us/upcoming-trainings-events.html or contact TMTC at mediation@communityaction.us or 413-475-1505.

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 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 September 27 early registration deadline, a discounted price of $610. Registration is available online at http://www.metromediation.org/traininghome.htm. To inquire further about this training, email MMS Director Josh Jacks at joshua.jacks@metromediation.org.

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 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 training is held at MWI's office in Boston on weekends and weeknights. 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.

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 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, October 26 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Friday, October 27 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Monday, October 30 from 3:00pm–6:00pm

    Thursday, November 2 from 9:30am–5:00pm

    Friday, November 3 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!

    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 08 Nov 2017
    • The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA 02466

    Elder mediation helps seniors and their adult children resolve conflicts involving living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical decisions, Powers of Attorney/Health Care Proxies/Guardianship/Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, will contests, family real estate, and personal property distribution.

    In this program, participants will receive in-depth training to enhance the skills necessary to convene multi-party family mediations and facilitate consensus for families experiencing complex and emotionally charged conflict around these critical matters. Join trainers Arline Kardasis and Crystal Thorpe, with guest experts from the fields of elder law and gerontology, for three days packed with content, skill-building, role plays, and opportunities to interact with fellow participants (who often travel from around the world to attend). CEUs available.

    The cost of this training is $795 if registered by September 15th or $895 thereafter. Held at The Walker Center, a lovely Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center in Newton, MA. Presented by Elder Decisions®, a division of Agreement Resources, LLC. For more info, visit www.elderdecisions.com/pg19.cfm, email training@ElderDecisions.com, or call 617-621-7009 x29.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 06473

    No matter where you are in an organization, you will be called on to solve problems and maintain positive working relationships. This two-day interactive workshop focuses on core mediation skills that can be used to help work teams, co-workers, business partners, providers and clients solve potentially difficult and divisive issues before they fester and grow. This program will be delivered by William Logue and Loraine Della Porta, who have decades of experience as mediators and trainers.

    You will learn:

    - Basic structure of informal mediation

    - How to assess and diagnose conflict situations

    - How to identify and frame the issues for discussion

    - How to use communication skills and interests to defuse tensions and build agreement

    - How to deal with difficult behaviors

    Space is limited to 24 participants. Each participant will receive a workbook. For more information and registration, click here.

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 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 November 8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm in Framingham. Training fee is $625 if registered before August 15th, or $675 if registered thereafter. The course fee includes meals and materials.

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

    • 15 Nov 2017
    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 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, 11/15 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Thursday, 11/16 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

    Friday, 11/17 - 9:00am to 6:30pm

    Saturday, 11/18 - 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.

    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy., Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138

    What are the stories we hold most dear about ourselves? What stories do we tell about others, and how do those stories take shape? Research indicates that we make sense of the world through stories. But stories - particularly the ones we tell about other people - can sometimes deepen the rifts that come between us, creating a feared other; a caricatured "Them."

    This workshop offers tools and structures for harnessing the power of stories to move beyond stereotypes and fear, bringing “Us” and “Them” into relationship through understanding. Click here for more information and to register today.

    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 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. Trainers Josh Hoch and 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.

    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 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 Dave Joseph, 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.

    • 10 Jan 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    As our world stumbles toward an “all welcome” place and well-known figures go public as transgendered, mediators will be more likely to see transgender issues arise in divorce and family mediation. No longer kept secret, the nuances of grief, anger, loss and rebirth for all family members become part of the divorce/family conversation. As one wife stated, “it’s like grieving the death of my husband while we are divorcing.”

    Holly Hitchcock is a mediator, primarily focused on divorce and family mediation, with extensive experience working with families and transgender issues. This session will explore that experience of hers, along with the mediator’s role in creating a neutral, trusting mediation environment; understanding the distinct emotional processes of clients and their children; facilitating the core divorce agreements in concert with physical, medical and psychological changes; establishing clear ethical boundaries with clients and outside providers in the legal, advocacy, and therapeutic arenas.

    MWI Roundtable events are free for all active MWI mediators. Those who are not actively mediating with the MWI Court Panel are welcome to attend up to two Roundtables per year for free. RSVP is required for all attendees and can be completed by registering online. For more information on this and other upcoming MWI Roundtables, click here.

    Questions? Send to MWI mediator and Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs Marcus Stergio via email at mstergio@mwi.org or call 617-895-4029.

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