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.
April 13, 2018
Through this one-day interactive session, participants will examine the relationship of identity, gender, culture and ethnicity to conflict dynamics. Professionals will explore the role that bias and "us vs. them" thinking has in the way that conflict is constructed, the manner by which parties experience the conflict, and the lens that the conflict resolution professional places on the process. Participants will dive into the concept of shared identities and gain skills needed to transform divisive issues into opportunities for understanding and constructive resolution.
June 4, 2018 — June 8, 2018
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.
July 18, 2018 — July 20, 2018
Much of mediation relies upon information processing and the process of making decisions. Many of the difficulties in the early stages of mediation involve obstacles in communication and understanding. Likewise, many elements impact the decision-making process, which relies on such information. This interactive, advanced training provides and in-depth examination of such obstacles, and skill and strategies for recognizing, addressing and overcoming them. The training will also address effective approaches to dealing with difficult personalities in mediation.
The 40-Hour Basic Mediation training and experience mediating are pre-requisites for this course.
Due to the extremely interactive nature of the course, space is limited.
Please note this is NOT the Advanced Family Mediation training.
August 7, 2018
Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR) was born as an approach to navigate conflicts encountered with the implementation of the new environmental policies of the 1970s. Modern ECCR more often uses these tools to engage the public in environmental problem solving ahead of a regulatory outcome rather than waiting until a formal “conflict” has been encountered.
Originally, a field occupied by seasoned legal practitioners and mediators, ECCR has matured into a common way of doing business for some of our most challenging natural resource and policy issues. And, though the use of skilled neutral third parties is still a hallmark of this practice, more and more, modern ECCR efforts are benefitting from the leadership of the stakeholders themselves who come from a variety professional disciplines and backgrounds.
This workshop will present the fundamentals of ECCR, its applications, and insights into this field’s continuing evolution to include independent science, adaptive management, and ongoing collaborative governance.