This course introduces the core principles and methods of alternative dispute resolution. It provides a strong foundation in mediation skills through lecture, small group exercises, and role-playing. Rich in both theory and practice, the training covers the nature of conflict, history of mediation, structure and management of the mediation process, intake and convening, mediation models, cultural awareness and diversity, legal requirements and ethics, maintaining neutrality, communication skills, negotiation, breaking impasse, closure and drafting agreements. Participants receive an overview of various practice settings.
The Forty-Hour Fundamental Mediation Training will be led by LACBA’s ACMAS Vice-Chair, Dr. Jack R. Goetz, Esq., who also serves as the 2018 SCMA President and mediation faculty at USC Gould School of Law. It is designed to fulfill the training requirements of all local courts and the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act.