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2017 Training – Secure your seat in a FairField training event soon!
(arranged by class progression)

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Basic Mediation Training

This is an experiential training in the basic principles of negotiation and conflict resolution, the mediation process, communication skills and issues faced by mediators.  Instructors will use role plays and practice activities applicable to real life situation and General District Court level cases.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
When: (3 options in 2017 – click on desired date to go to registration page for that date)
1. Monday, January 23 at 8:30 AM – Wednesday, January 25 at 12:30 PM (20 hours total)
2. Monday, Jun 5 at 8:30 AM – Wednesday, June 7 at 12:30 PM (20 hours total)
3. Monday, September 11 at 8:30 AM – Wednesday, September 13 at 12:30 PM (20 hours total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructors: Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director at FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 20+ years) and/or Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Director of Training at FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 18 years)
Cost: $530 (manual included, lunches on your own)

Virginia Judicial System

This course provides an overview of the Virginia Judicial System.  Both jurisdictional issues as well as procedural issues will be discussed, especially how these issues relate to mediation at each level of court.  This is a required course for mediation certification at any level in Virginia, but may be waived by DRS for members in good standing with the Virginia Bar.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
When: (3 options in 2017 – click on desired date to go to registration page for that date)
1. Saturday, February 11, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (4 hrs total)
2. Saturday, June 17, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (4 hrs total)
3. Saturday, September 30, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (4 hrs total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Prerequisite:  Basic Mediation Training
Cost: $106 (materials included)

Family Mediation Training

This is designed for people who have completed a basic mediation training course and want to expand their skills and practice to include separation cases involving parenting issues such as custody, visitation and child support at the JDR court level.  Instructors use role plays, case examples and ethical dilemmas to further participants understanding and build skills levels.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia
When: (3 options in 2017 – click on desired date to go to registration page for that date)
1. Wednesday, January 25, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Thursday & Friday, January 26 & 27, 8:30 – 5:00 (20 hours total)
2. Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Thursday & Friday, June 8 & 9, 8:30-5:00 PM (20 hours total)
3. Wednesday, September 13, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Thursday & Friday, September 14 & 15, 8:30-5:00 PM (20 hours total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructors: Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Director of Training, FairField Center (Certified mediator for 18 years)
Cost: $530 (materials included, lunches on your own)

Domestic Abuse and Mediation

This focuses on understanding domestic abuse and how it relates to mediation.  Topics include identifying domestic abuse, safety issues for clients and mediators, and providing screening tools and skills for initial and ongoing screening. This course is required for certification at the JDR/Family court level in Virginia.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
When: (3 options in 2016 – click on desired date to go to registration page for that date)
1. Friday, February 10, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (8 hours total)
2. Friday, June 16, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (8 hours total)
3. Friday, September 29, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (8 hours total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructor: Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Director of Training, FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 17 years) and/or Claudia Lopez Muniz
Prerequisite Training:  Basic and Family (J&DR) Mediation
Cost: $212 (manual included, lunch on your own)

Circuit Court Civil Mediation Training

This is an advanced workshop emphasizing the more complex civil disputes and issues at the Circuit Court level which involve working with attorneys, resource people and multiple disputing parties. This workshop will focus on negotiation skills, advanced strategies and techniques, planning/preparation of and agreement writing.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
When: (options in 2017 – click on desired date to go to registration page for that date)
1. Wednesday & Thursday, April 26 & 27, 8:30-5:00 – Friday, April 28 8:30-12:30 (20 hours total)
2. Wednesday & Thursday, November 1 & 2, 8:30-5:00 – Friday, November 3, 8:30-12:30 (20 hours total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructor:  Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director at FairfFeld Center (Certified Mediator for 20+ years)
Prerequisite: Basic Mediation Training
Cost: $530 (manual Included, lunches on your own)

Circuit Court Family Mediation Training

This is an advanced workshop for family mediators focusing on equitable distribution, asset identification, pension, insurance and tax issues at the Circuit Court level. Developing advanced skills in facilitating decisions making, handling anger and strong emotions, caucusing and balancing power are also included.
This course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
When:
1. Thursday, May 4 at 1:00 PM – Friday, May 5 at 5:00 PM (12 hours total)
2. Thursday, October 12 at 1:00 PM – Friday, October 13 at 5:00 PM  (12 hours total)
Where: Fairfield Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructor: Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Director of Training, FairField Center, with Marshall Yoder, attorney
Prerequisite training: Family Mediation Training (J&DR)
Cost: $318 (manual included, lunch on your own)

Mentoring Others

Learn techniques for pre-mediation planning and post mediation feedback, as well as expectations for completion of the Mentee Evaluation form.  Workshop completion is required for mediators seeking certification as a mentor.
When: (click on date to go to registration page)
1.   Friday, March 17, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (4 hours total)
2. Tuesday, September 19, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (4 hours total)
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Instructor: Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director at FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 20+ years)
Prerequisite training:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Cost: $106

Mentoring Requirements

Each training has follow-up requirements for observations and co-mediations to provide time for trainee to to observe process and practice new skills.
When: to be arranged by Trainee and Mentor; email training@fairfieldcenter.org or call 540.434.0059
Where: FairField Center, 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA
Cost: Observations, $75 each;  Co-mediations, $90 each