40-Hour Basic Mediation – via Zoom (FULL-Wait List)

June 3, 2024 — June 7, 2024

Kimberlee Kovach headshot

This class is full. Please email cppdr@law.utexas.edu to be placed on the wait list.

This class is being offered online, via Zoom. You must be on-camera the full 40 hours.

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 Credentialing Association and Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable's requirements.

*Please note, this is not the Advanced Family Mediation course.

Cancellation Policy:
Written cancellations must be received 15 business days prior to the beginning of the program. There will be a $50 administration fee for registrations cancelled before the cutoff date. Cancellations after the cutoff dated will receive no refunds; however, substitutions may be designated with notification to our office. The Center further reserves the right to cancel a program if sufficient enrollment is not met. In the event of the cancellation of a program, the Center will refund registrations fees pertaining to that program.

What You Will Learn

  • General principles of the mediation process
  • Identification and practice of communication skills used by mediators
  • Introduction to the negotiation process, including methods and styles of negotiation
  • Ethical considerations associated with mediation
  • Identifying your mediation technique and style

Program Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., one hour lunch break


  • Kimberlee Kovach

    Kim has conducted a variety of trainings in dispute resolution processes for nearly four decades. She created and led the first forty hour mediation training in Texas in 1980, and has been training mediators ever since. A highly experienced instructor, Professor Kovach has taught a variety of dispute resolution courses in legal education for nearly twenty-five years. She also regularly conducts trainings and workshops on specialized dispute resolution topics including advanced mediation approaches, ethical issues and negotiation.


The fee, including digital materials, is $1095. Employees of governmental and non-profit organizations will receive a reduced rate of $945.