FairField Training

2017-2018 Training

All training takes place at FairField Center: 111 East Market St, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22821

* Indicates the course is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.


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.

When: Monday, January 22 – Wednesday January 24

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.

When:  Saturday, February 10

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.

When:  Wednesday, January 24 – Friday, January 26

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.

WhenFriday, February 9

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.

WhenMonday, January 29 – Tuesday, January 30

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.

WhenThursday, March 22 – Friday, March 23

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)


Restorative Community Conferencing

Formerly VOC, this is the process by which stakeholders in a crime take steps to heal the harm done. This training will look at the values and principles involved in restorative justice; the impact of crime on victims, offenders, and communities and provide instruction on the conferencing process. It will also provide hands on experience in preparing for and conducting the conferencing process.

When: Wednesday, February 21 – Friday, February 23

Instructor:  Sue Praill, Director of Restorative Justice, FairField Center

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: 2018 dates coming soon!

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

Cost: Observations, $75 each;  Co-mediations, $90 each