Upcoming Training Courses
The Center has trained more than 3,500 individuals from government and the private sector in the use of ADR theory and techniques. Effective training for ADR practitioners, public decision-makers and the public at large gives participants an understanding of dispute resolution techniques and their applicability to a variety of situations. In addition to public courses, the Center also provides customized trainings for agencies and nonprofits.
November 18, 2019 — November 19, 2019
Understanding group dynamics and how decisions are made are crucial to a facilitator's role in leading effective meetings. In this introductory course, participants will learn the principles of participatory decision-making as well as fundamental skill sets including listening and tracking group dialogue, chart writing techniques, building effective agendas, addressing challenging dynamics, and strategies for helping groups build sustainable agreements. Each participant will receive a copy of Sam Kaner's book Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, 3rd Edition.
January 6, 2020 — January 10, 2020
This intensive five-day program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate a variety of everyday disputes. This course emphasizes the importance of practical experience in becoming an effective mediator. During frequent role-plays, each participant will mediate a variety of disputes with expert feedback.
This course is designed to satisfy the 40 classroom hours of training required to mediate court-referred disputes as indicated in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act § 154.052, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. This course also meets the Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable's requirements.