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10/6/2015 to 10/9/2015
When: October 6 - 9, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Child & Family Services
330 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Presenter: Sequoia Stalder, Esq.
Contact: Lisa Nevins
(716) 335-7120

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The Center for Resolution & Justice (CRJ) is pleased to announce that our next Basic Mediation Training has been scheduled with trainer Sequoia Stalder, Esq. of Stalder Mediation. Please join us for a comprehensive 30-Hour Mediation Training that covers the basic theory and skills of mediation in a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Participants will be introduced to the theoretical grounding underlying effective conflict interventions, as well as the practical skills and techniques necessary to assist parties in conflict. Participants will learn to de-escalate negative and unproductive conflict interactions while assisting parties to engage in productive dialogue, interest-based negotiation and effective decision-making.

The training includes conflict theory and styles, active listening techniques, the mediation process, the role of the mediator, ethics, the role of law and lawyers in mediation, and more. The material will be presented through lecture, demonstration, role play and practice. Our approach starts you on the path to becoming a skilled mediator who is able to mediate in court-referred*, community and private contexts.

*PLEASE NOTE: Placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge. Participation in this, or any other, course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.


This course is for prospective mediators as well as for anyone else interested in enhancing his or her communication and conflict resolution skills. It is appropriate for legal and business professionals, healthcare and mental health professionals, educators and public service professionals, as well as non-profit professionals, volunteers and homemakers. The skills acquired in this training are invaluable in developing leadership skills or just to better communicate and relate to people at home, the workplace or in the community.


CRJ is committed to promoting peaceful conflict resolution in our communities. For more than 30 years, we have offered mediation programs, training and consultation services throughout an eight county Western New York region. Since 2005, CRJ has been operated by Child & Family Services: one of the largest, not-for-profit family service agencies in the country. We serve as the local Community Dispute Resolution Center under the auspices of the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a Community Dispute Resolution Center, we offer low and no cost programs that can help the individuals involved resolve a wide range of disputes including neighborhood, housing, property, school, family, small claims and relationship conflicts. We also offer programs in specialized areas such as Divorce Mediation, Workplace Mediation, Agricultural Mediation, Special Education Mediation and Lemon Law Arbitration. During our long history, we have trained thousands of individuals from all walks of life in mediation skills including police officers, elected officials, teachers, students, social workers and other clinical professionals, religious leaders, community members, attorneys, managers, human resource professionals, homemakers and many more!

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Stalder Mediation is committed to helping individuals and organizations effectively manage and solve complex problems. We do this by mediating workplace, organizational and family disputes, facilitating group decision-making and offering trainings in mediation, negotiation and other conflict management techniques. Our mediation services help individuals, private companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations effectively mitigate and resolve conflicts in a confidential and timely manner while addressing both the legal and non-legal issues at stake. Our facilitation services guide organizations and groups of all types – including corporate teams, community and religious organizations and boards of directors – through challenging conversations and towards agreeable solutions. Our training services teach individuals and groups how to effectively mediate disputes, negotiate complex issues and resolve conflict constructively in a variety of settings.

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Sequoia Stalder, Esq. Sequoia Stalder is a recognized expert in mediation and conflict management. He is an attorney who lectures and teaches in both private and academic settings. His mediation practice focuses on workplace, organizational and family disputes. In addition to his private practice and trainings, Sequoia is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation & Conflict Resolution, a faculty member of the Center for Mediation in Law, and Director of Conflict Resolution Services and the Director of the Mediation Training Institute at New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a New York State Court designated mediation center. He is certified by the NYS Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program to provide 30-hour basic mediation trainings. Both his basic mediation training and divorce mediation training programs are certified under NYS Court Rule Part 146.


Child & Family Services Board Room located at 330 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York at the intersection of Delaware and Tracy Streets. Parking is available from Tracy Street in our lot behind the building. This facility is not handicap accessible.

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Morning and afternoon refreshments provided. Lunch will be on your own each day except the last day of the training when CRJ will provide lunch.

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