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.


Save the Date! NEACR Presents...

08 Sep 2017 • Waltham Woods Conference Center, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451
08 Sep 2017 • Waltham Woods Conference Center, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451

Featured Organizational Member Events

25 Jul 2017 • The Walker Center, 171 Grove Street, Newton, MA 02466
05 Oct 2017 9:00 AM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
12 Oct 2017 5:30 PM • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Other Events to Explore

    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 30 Jul 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.


    • 15 Aug 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MWI, 10 Liberty Square - 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
    Are you torn when you hear people advise to “keep the emotions out” of mediations, but admittedly concerned that working with them will be too challenging? Join Audrey Lee to discuss strategies for managing strong emotions in mediation. Whether you mediate small claims, workplace, family or commercial disputes, knowing how to manage the parties' (and counsels') emotions can be an effective skill. This hands-on Roundtable will utilize interactive presentations and practice opportunities, specifically focusing on the Core Concerns framework to identify and manage emotional interests in mediation. Audrey is a member of MWI’s Workplace and Employment Panel, co-leads MWI’s Forty-Hour Mediation Training and is Senior Mediator and Institute Executive Director at Boston Law Collaborative.


    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.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 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).


    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.


    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ocean Edge Resort, 2907 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

    This training is designed for family and business law attorneys, psychologists and other mental health professionals, coaches, social workers, and mediators, financial professionals, child development and co-parenting specialists, and anyone assisting business or family clients in conflict.


    The training will teach participants the fundamentals of the collaborative law model and how to apply it to both Family & Business Law cases. It will develop results-oriented techniques to help clients reach successful resolutions to disputes, identify and implement strategies for success with high-conflict clients and how to navigate challenging cases. The program offers attendees the chance to work with experienced trainers, professionals who are passionate about the team approach. The course meets the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) standards for a Collaborative Law Intro Training and offers continuing education credits.


    The workshop will be held at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club on September 14-15 from 8:00am to 5:00pm both days. For more information and registration, click here.


    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT 06473

    Negotiation is at the heart of every human interaction. However, negotiators often fail to achieve their goals, and occasionally even damage valued relationships. This training can help you seize opportunities to improve business and personal relationships while achieving your negotiation goals. The training is based on principles of interest-based negotiation - principles that have been used successfully to reach agreement on issues as small as where to go for dinner and as important as where to draw new national boundaries.


    Through experiential learning, you will apply what you learn immediately on the big and small negotiations that are important to you. Designed for business people and lawyers as well as other professionals, and led by William Logue and Loraine Della Porta, nationally recognized trainers, negotiators, and consensus-builders, the course provides participants with opportunities to learn new negotiation skills, practice what they have learned, and receive personal feedback. Participants will learn a process for achieving better negotiation outcomes through understanding:


    - Negotiation styles--yours, theirs, and when to use different approaches

    - How to avoid common negotiator mistakes and overcome substantive and procedurial barriers

    - How to deal with difficult people and emotions--yours and theirs

    - How to identify interests and set goals

    - How to exchange information without undermining your negotiation goals

    - Strategies to start the negotiation, bargain, close and sustain the parties' commitment

    - How to maintain and build relationships throughout the negotiation


    Space is limited to 24 participants. Each participant will receive a workbook. For more information, please contact Bill Logue at the Quinnipiac Center on Dispute Resolution, 860-521-9122, or email centerdisres@quinnipiac.edu. More information and registration can also be found by clicking here.

    • 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.

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 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 this October at Quinnipiac! For more information and registration, click here.

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Boston Law Collaborative, 99 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

    Mediation skills can help you more productively engage with Clergy-board negotiations, intra-communal disputes between congregational members, ritual differences among and between denominations, and theological differences that arise on local interfaith clergy committees. This one-day interactive training will provide religious leaders with an overview of the mediation process. A portion of the program will be devoted to providing participants with the opportunity to practice these skills in simulations involving faith-based conflicts and coached by experienced practitioners.


    More information about the event, including registration, can be found here. You may also inquire within by sending an email to Jenna Goodman at JGoodman@BostonLawCollaborative.com.

    • 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.

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 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 Refresher Mediation Training is held 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.


    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 21 Oct 2017
    • 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.


    Click here for more information and to register today.

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 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.


    Divorce Mediation Training will be held 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.

    • 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.

    When:

    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


    Cost:
    $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/


    • 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.

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