Calendar & Events


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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    • 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

    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 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 Janujary 22 and 31. 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


    • 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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