Professional Development Programs

Certificate Program in Mediation

 

Details:

This certificate program in mediation introduces you to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the process and skills of mediation. It provides 40 hours of training, which is a state and national standard for entry-level mediators. The course is designed for individuals who are interested in mediating or applying the process of mediation to their profession or in their workplace.

Previous participants include business people, attorneys, government staff and administrators, educators, counselors, team leaders, human resource professionals, therapists, realtors, and municipal officials.

Course work addresses:

  • Definition and roles of the mediator
  • Stages of resolution
  • Conflict diagnoses and interventions
  • Diversity and bias awareness
  • Professional standards and ethics
  • Effective communication interventions
  • Power imbalance identification and management skills

The program is highly interactive and relies on demonstration, simulations, and role-playing.

The program is limited to 20 participants. 

 

Schedule:

This certificate program is offered during the spring term only.
This is a five day certificate program that meets 8 AM- 5 PM daily.

 

Fee:  

$1,150 (Includes all course materials)

  • Refund policy:
    • 100% refund if you withdraw from a class five or more business days before the class starts.
    • A course voucher for 50% of the course fee if you withdraw four or fewer business days from the start date.
    • There are no refunds once a class begins.
  • GI Bill Benefits: This program is currently approved for use of GI Bill Benefits. To use your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits, please contact USM Veterans Services at veterans@usm.maine.edu / 207-780-4826 after you have registered for the certificate program. You can register online, over the phone, or in person.

 

Contact Hours/CEUs/CLEs:

40 contact hours/ 4.0 CEUs /16 CLEs credits including 3 Ethics credits. This course is approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

 

Instructors:

  • Diane Kenty Esq., is director of the court ADR program for the Maine trial courts, where she administers and serves on all statewide ADR rosters. She has mediated hundreds of cases over the last 15 years in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, family and divorce, small claims and community conflicts. Diane speaks and writes about mediation frequently and teaches the ADR survey course as adjunct faculty at Maine Law School. Formerly an attorney in private practice in Boston, she has volunteered as a consultant on mediation to the courts of Jordan and Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Jonathan Reitman Esq., is a founding partner in Gosline & Reitman, a mediation, facilitation, training and consulting practice. He practiced law in Maine for 12 years before becoming a full-time ADR practitioner in 1990. He is a frequent lecturer and author on ADR topics and has trained participants from 15 different countries in Bosnia, Italy, Israel, and England. For the past 5 summers he has taught Arab and Jewish and Israeli graduate students Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management, where he also trained Arab and Jewish mediators in Multi-Party Mediation. He co-taught the ADR course at the University of Maine School of Law for 9 years. Jonathan is former chair of International Sector of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has facilitated strategic planning events for several national organizations and served as the neutral facilitator for more than 25 multi-party stakeholder processes and negotiated rulemakings on a variety of public policy issues. He has mediated or arbitrated more than 1,000 cases on a wide array of complex civil matters in the public and private sectors.

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Professional Resources:

  • Maine Association of Mediators
    The Maine Association of Mediators is a member-run organization dedicated to educating the public as to the benefits of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) and assisting its members with their professional development.