This interactive 3.5-day basic mediation training lays the foundation for anyone interested in becoming a certified mediator or enhancing their conflict resolution skills. The training combines theory and practice to teach participants the fundamental concepts and skills of facilitative mediation including interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving. Trainers use a variety of teaching methods including mini-lectures, group discussions, demonstrations, and active learning exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and receive feedback during simulated role-play activities.
We have been offering this successful workshop since 1992, preparing thousands of lawyers, therapists, federal, state and local government employees, judges, human resource professionals, teachers, ombudsman, and many others to support others in resolving disputes through mediation.
**Student discounts are available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.**
Time: 8:30am-5pm each day, Days 1-3; 8:30am-1pm Day 4
Instructors: Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie and James Q. Pope
Tracey Cairnie, MS, PCC
Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie is a certified mediator/mentor, facilitator, coach, trainer, and public participation specialist. Tracey has over twenty years of experience in developing and implementing a variety of communication and alternative dispute resolution programs, workshops, and seminars. She provides services and training to a variety of government agencies (federal, state and local), businesses (profit and non-profit), universities, communities, families, and individuals. Tracey is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution teaching mediation, collaborative communication, and negotiation skills. She holds an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching Program.
James Q. Pope, MSW, JD
Jim Pope is an attorney, Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator, and consultant in conflict management and other subjects related to workplace conflict, employee relations, civil disputes, child support and divorce, and special education. Pope is currently an Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Arbitration at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Mediation at George Mason University School of Law and has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University School of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, and Howard University School of Law. Pope conducted US Department of State-sponsored mediation trainings for the governments of Israel and Palestine and mediated and conducted conflict management, mediation, and negotiation trainings for numerous public and private agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Postal Service, the USDA., the Department of the Navy, NOAA, NASA, NEA, FAA, US Air Force, US Forest Service, the World Bank, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arkansas Supreme Court, IRS, United States Postal Service, DEA, National Archives, Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Mediation Network, and Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Pope retired from his position as an administrative hearing officer for the Virginia Supreme Court, in which capacity he reviewed and ruled upon state employee grievances related to terminations and disciplinary actions. Pope is a former member of the Executive Board of the District of Columbia chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution – DC SPIDR). Pope holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) from George Washington University Law School, a Master Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia.