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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.

2022 Mediation Training Registration Form


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