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7/30/2015 to 8/3/2015
When: July 30 - August 3, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Presenter: Jody Miller
Contact: Honey Minkowitz
(845) 471-7213

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40 Hour
Basic Mediation Training

Thursday, July 30 - Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. July 30 - August 2,
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. August 3
Location: Dutchess Community College
This training is:
  • New York CLE approved: 32.5 CLE Hours (2 Ethics)
  • Approved under Part 146 by the NYS Unified Court System's Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs.*

Due to a full roster, there are no volunteer opportunities at this time. Volunteer training will be held in 2016.


*Placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is Part 146 approved does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.

Who should take this training?
Managers/supervisors, attorneys, social workers, teachers and administrators, business owners, customer service representatives, parents - anyone can benefit from learning an a new approach to understanding conflict and skills that help address it constructively.

About Transformative Mediation:
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County trains mediators in the transformative framework of conflict resolution, first articulated in the book "The Promise of Mediation" by Robert Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger. Within this framework, conflict is viewed as a crisis in human interaction and the mediator's role is to help people become clearer, make decisions and see the perspective of the other person whenever possible, oftentimes resulting in a change in the way they relate to each other. One outcome of transformative mediation is a written agreement, however parties may make other decisions about the outcome of the conflict. Transformative mediators help parties think and consider what is important to them, how they see things differently, and what they choose to do about the situation by supporting the conversation between the them.
About the trainer:

Jody Miller is the executive director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, having worked closely with courts and the community to develop and provide mediation and conflict resolution training programs over her more than 20 years in the alternative dispute resolution field. During her tenure and in partnership with the domestic violence community, Jody and her team created the award winning Domestic Violence and Mediation Safety Project.


Jody is an adjunct professor of mediation at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. She is a certified trainer through the New York State Unified Court System's Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs (ADR) and in July, 2013, earned Part 146 (court rule) approval for Initial mediation training. She serves as an appointed member of the Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee. She is the author of the chapter, "Choosing to Change: Transitioning to the Transformative Model in a Community Mediation Center," in the publication, Transformative Mediation: A Sourcebook: Resources for Conflict Intervention Practitioners and Programs,Association for Conflict Resolution/Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 2010. In 2013, with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, she created a video of a transformative commercial mediation that includes parties who are represented by their attorneys. She has been a presenter at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Italy and China. She wrote the article, "Mediating Commercial Cases: A Case for Transformative Mediation," ACResolution, Winter, 2015. She is currently co-writing a manual for custody and visitation mediation for the New York State Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs.

To register:


  • fax to 845-471-7264


  • mail to the Mediation Center, 147 Union St., Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Credit cards accepted.


Questions: please contact us at 845-471-7213 or Honey at

We look forward to hearing from you!

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