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Basic Mediation Training info

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Individuals interested in learning the basic process and skills for becoming a professional mediator.
  • Human resource professionals seeking more collaborative approaches to resolving internal organizational disputes.
  • Attorneys looking to improve their collaborative negotiation skills for use in the practice of Collaborative Law and those wishing to become more effective advocates in the mediation process.
  • Professionals and community leaders needing to enhance their “informal” mediation skills for resolving conflicts among individuals, groups, or organizations.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Key considerations in setting up a mediation.
  • A seven-stage mediation process based on the theory of interest-based negotiation.
  • Specific communication skills to assist the negotiation process.
  • Management of face-to-face negotiations between the parties.
  • Guidelines for working with attorneys in the mediation session.
  • Use of individual sessions as a tool to facilitate problem solving.
  • Ethical considerations for mediation practice.

Why Take This Particular Basic Mediation Training?

  • Meets the standards described for court-referred mediations in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act.
  • Exceeds the standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable 40-Hour Training Standards as required by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.
  • Exposes trainees to a broad range of disputes, such as family, commercial, personal injury, employment, and neighborhood mediations.
  • Emphasizes practice; each trainee participates in mediation role plays and numerous skill – development exercises.
  • Provides a comprehensive mediation manual written by the trainer and containing extensive information on mediation skills, techniques and resources.
  • Uses trained coaches (who are also experienced mediators) to supervise role play groups.
  • This trainer has trained more than 2,500 people in mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Fulfills the training requirement for initial membership with the Association of Attorney – Mediators.

Continuing Education Credit (CEU’s)

  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Attorneys
  • HR Professionals

About the Trainer:

Matt Porter serves in a pivotal role managing the DRC’s office providing administrative support. As a mediation and volunteer coordinator he oversees intake, and mediation scheduling. He is a credentialed mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Matt actively mediates CPS, family law and civic cases.
As a former foster parent, staff member at CASA, and adoptive parent, Matt believes that mediation can be a great benefit to the child welfare system as well as any family undergoing changes. Matt is committed to providing a constructive process that enables families to participate in creating the terms by which they can all move forward. He is delighted to work with the many qualified, skilled and committed volunteers that make the DRC able to serve so many in the community.
Matt holds graduate degrees from Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has lived with his family in Waco since 2006.

CPS Mediation Training info

The McLennan County DRC is excited to host a 20-hour training focused on CPS Mediation via Zoom videoconference!

The McLennan County DRC hosts 50+ CPS mediations per year, and many of our community partners will be on hand to share the tools and expertise gathered from years of successful practice. Our lead trainer, Matt Porter, will be joined by attorneys and guardians ad litem, DFPS staff, child advocates and local judges to provide both a wide and a deep introduction to the mediation of cases involving the child welfare system. Two days of informational workshops, panel discussions and role-play activities will culiminate in subsequent opportunties to observe active mediations with the DRC. Each training participant will be given the opportunity to observe a later mediation via Zoom as well as debrief with staff afterwards.

The McLennan County DRC has been hosting mediation and training opportunities via Zoom since April of 2020, and we believe that videoconferencing need not be a barrier to effective instruction and/or successful mediation. Our CPS Mediation Training will showcase using online tools to engage participants, and further training in using online tools can be provided as well.

Our goal is to prepare a deep pool of mediators who can serve alongside other child protective services professionals both online as well as in-person, meeting needs both now during a pandemic and in-the future. Because of the online format, we can also more easily accomodate a wider geographical range of participants, meeting needs both locally and statewide.

If you have any questions of you would like more information, feel free to contact us today!


Tentative Schedule of CPS Mediation Training: 


Friday, March 26

8:30a – 9:30a

Intro and Welcome

9:30a – 11:00a

Who is at the Table?

Why are They There?

What Can We Do for Them?

11:00a – 11:15a


11:15a – 12:30p

CPS: Timeline of a Case 

Ø  How did we get here?

Ø  What is a Plan of Service?

Ø  What happens if mediation does not produce agreement?

12:30p – 1:00p


1:00p – 2:30p

Mediating Parents: Panel of Attorneys

Ø  How do you prepare your clients?

Ø  What do your clients respond best to?

Ø  What should mediators avoid?

2:30p – 2:45p


2:45p – 4:15p

What Do Kids Need Out of Mediation? 

Ø  PMC/JMC arrangements

Ø  post-termination contact?

4:15p - 4:30p


4:30p - 5:30p

Coping with Mediation: Managing Secondary Trauma


Saturday, March 27

9:00a – 9:30a

Re-Cap and Preview

9:30a – 11:00a

Mediated Settlement Agreements

11:00a – 11:15a


11:15a – 12:30p

CPS Mediation in Action: Panel of Mediators 

Ø  What do [un]successful CPS mediations have in common?

Ø  What are the most common problems/solutions in CPS mediation?

Ø  What experiences have prepared you for CPS mediation?

Ø  What are the best ways to pursue CPS mediation?

12:30p – 1:00p


1:00p – 2:30p

Ethical Issues re: Disproportionality/Racial Equity/Domestic Violence 

2:30p – 2:45p


2:45p – 3:30p

Re-Cap and Review

3:30p – 4:15p

Judge’s Perspective

4:15p – 4:30p


4:30p – 5:30p

Role Play Exercise

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