Mediation is a conflict resolution process that is used in close cooperation with the courts. Cases such as small claims court disputes and parent/teen conflicts are often referred by the courts to mediation by trained volunteers. This mediation training is a partnership between
Skidmore College and Mediation Matters, a nonprofit agency in the Capital Region that provides mediation services and receives its funding from the New York court system. The training will certify participants as mediation apprentices enabling them to mediate cases referred to Mediation Matters by the courts. This is an intensive 30-hour training using film clips, role plays, readings, and discussion that focuses on building facilitation skills.
Many of the skills necessary to be an effective mediator can be counterintuitive. The skills highlighted here will go far beyond telling people to “calm down” and “find a compromise.” The kind of mediation practice you will be learning in this training will help you facilitate dialogue between people of different cultures in diverse and challenging circumstances. You will learn about the nature of conflict and to identify parties’ underlying needs and assist them in finding solutions that best meet them. With these skills, we will learn to be better neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members as we gain the ability to fearlessly, creatively, and collaboratively respond to the conflicts in our lives.
Training manual will be provided on the first day.
The training takes place over four days. Each day is quite intensive, but this immersion is the
best way to develop the skills of a mediator. We will take a one hour lunch break each day at
approximate 1:00pm. Lunch tickets to the dining hall will be provided. Dress comfortably and casually.
Parking and Directions to Skidmore
There is no fee for parking. Directions to Murray-Aikins can be found here. https://www.skidmore.edu/directions/
Fee and Registration
The fee is $450. Checks should be made payable to Skidmore College and addressed to:
David R. Karp
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866