Mediation Training


“The training was enlightening and raised personal awareness and sensitivity to the complexities of what people in the community face. It trained me to hear what is really being said and how to provide the skills and a roadmap to empower individuals dealing with conflict. It is personally gratifying to be able to help clients “look forward” and navigate to a solution. In my work, it has helped me be more strategic and less judgmental.” 


-Mediation Training Client

FairField Center offers training for individuals seeking Virginia Supreme Court certification to mediate court cases. Trainees take short courses (4-20 hours each) and engage in observations and co-mediations in order to apply for Virginia Mediation Certification. Trainees must have a bachelor’s degree or obtain a waiver with evidence of relevant work and life experience. FairField Center ensures that trainers and training classes for certification are approved by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Mediators come from all walks of life – lawyers, human resource managers, teachers, counselors, financial planners, retirees, and others.  Basic mediation training involves strengthening interpersonal skills such as active listening, negotiation, paraphrasing, and conflict resolution. These general skills are useful in any context, whether you are mediating between individuals in conflict, communicating ideas during a meeting, or having a family conversation. From there mediators can take additional mediation classes to work towards certification in Family (Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court level), Circuit Court Family and Circuit Court Civil.

These courses are certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. However, please note that mere attendance at the trainings and participation in the mentorship does not guarantee successful completion  for mediation certification purposes. All decisions related to mediator certification are made by the Office of the Executive Secretary at the Supreme Court of Virginia.

If you are interested in learning more about the mediation certification process, please contact Shannon Sneary Alabanza, FairField’s Director of Training, at +1 (540) 434-0059 ext. 2 or training@fairfieldcenter.org. Or visit Virginia’s Judicial System website for VA Mediation Certification Requirements.


2021 TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES


All training is currently being done online.

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

Basic Mediation Training * (ONLINE)

Are you interested in helping people in conflict learn to resolve their differences? Do you want to learn about basic conflict styles and communication skills to work with people in conflict? Discover the basic principles of negotiation and conflict resolution and the mediation process. Role plays and practice activities applicable to real life situations will be used to put theory into practice in this course.

This course is the first step towards certification as a mediator in Virginia and is certified by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

When: (click link to register)

June 7-11, 2021 (ONLINE)

WEEKEND BASIC MEDIATION TRAINING COURSE OPTION

TBA

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: $690

Virginia Judicial System *(ONLINE)

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: (click link to register)

June 18, 2021 (ONLINE)

Prerequisite:  Basic Mediation Training

Cost:  $118-138 

Family Mediation Training * (ONLINE)

Are you ready to expand your mediation skills to include family situations? Are you interested in helping separating couples as they make parenting decisions such as custody, visitation, and child support? This informative, skill building training will include practice role plays, ethical dilemmas, and child support calculations based on real life situations which will prepare mediators to mediate at the Juvenile and Domestic Court level.

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

Prerequisite: Basic Mediation Training

When:  (click link to register)

July 12-16, 2021 (ONLINE)

Instructors: Shannon Sneary Alabanza, Director of Training, FairField Center (Certified mediator for 18+ years) and/or Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director at FairField Center (Certified mediator for 20+ years)

Cost:  $587- 690 

Domestic Abuse and Mediation *(ONLINE)

Gain understanding of the scope of domestic abuse and how it relates to mediation. Learn to identify potential domestic abuse in mediation clients. Discover potential safety issues for clients and mediators and skills to mitigate these issues. Instructor will provide screening tools and participants will learn how to implement these tools for initial and ongoing screening of cases. This course is required for mediation 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 (click link to register)

June 15-17, 2021 EVENING CLASS (ONLINE)

July 22 & 23, 2021 (ONLINE)

Prerequisite Training:  Basic and Family (J&DR) Mediation

Cost:  $276 

Circuit Court Civil Mediation Training *(ONLINE)

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: (click link to register)

TBA

Instructor:  Timothy Ruebke,Executive Director at FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 20+ years)

Prerequisite: Basic Mediation Training

Cost: : $690 

Circuit Court Family Mediation Training *(ONLINE)

This is an advanced workshop for family mediators focusing on equitable distribution, asset identification, retirement plans, insurance, and tax issues at the Circuit Court level. Developing advanced skills in facilitating decision-making, handling anger and strong emotions, use of separate meetings, and balancing power are also included.

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

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Instructor: Shannon Sneary Alabanza (Director of Training, FairField Center) with Marshall Yoder, attorney

Prerequisite training: Basic & Family Mediation Training (J&DR)

Cost:  $351-414 

Mediator Ethics (ONLINE)

In this “Game Show” version of Mediator Ethics, mediators will have the opportunity to test their current knowledge of Virginia’s Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators in a fun and interactive format. This training includes a “quiz show” element as well as other interactive activities to help mediators understand and relate to the ethical standards.

This course is approved for 2 hours of Mediator Ethics credits by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Cost: $45

Observation Courses

General Observation

This course is an opportunity to observe two complete General District Court mediation sessions and debrief with the other participants and trainer.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Cost: $150 

Family Observation Course

Observe Mentor mediators conduct role play sessions to satisfy the mentoring observation portion of training for JDR mediator certification.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Cost: $150

Continuing Mediator Education

Group Facilitation Training

Meetings, teams, and committees are an important part of modern work and community environments.  Learn ways to run effective and efficient meetings through proven facilitation and conflict resolutions skills and strategies that involve planning and preparation, group involvement, issue identification and collaborative decisions-making.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Cost: $552

This course is approved for 16 hours of CME (continuing mediator education) credit.

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Mediation

Session helps mediators understand how Adverse Childhood Experiences have long term effects and the implication of those effects on Mediation practice.

This course is pending approval for 1.5 hours of CME credit.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Cost: $34

FairField Continuing Education Bonanza

This all day training event will offer a series of topics relevant to achieving Continuing Mediator Education credits for recertification in Virginia.  This fast-paced day will include topics that explore both general and family circumstances. Included is 2 hours of Mediator Ethics. Participants may choose to attend the entire day’s training or pick one or more of the presentations for a reduced fee.  For more information, please email training@fairfieldcenter.org.  

*A full-day ticket includes lunch. If you would like lunch but are only registering for one or more sessions, you may order a lunch for $9.00.

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Prerequisite training: none

Instructors: Visit the registration page to view instructors for each session.

Cost: $115 per person, full day. Visit the registration page for per session fees.

 Mentoring Others Seeking Mediation Certification

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.

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

When: (click link to register)

TBA

Instructor: Timothy Ruebke, Executive Director at FairField Center (Certified Mediator for 20+ years)

Prerequisite training:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Cost:  $138 ($118 for local participants–See registration page for more details.)

Brown Bag Lunch & CME Opportunity

When: (click link to register)

Instructor: TBA

Prerequisite: none

Cost: $30

Mentoring Requirements

Each training has follow-up requirements for observations and co-mediations to provide time for trainee to observe process and practice new skills with a mentor or mediator.

When: To be arranged by Trainee and Mentor; +1 (540) 434-0059 or training@fairfieldcenter.org.

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