The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration

Course Details

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
June 1-5, 2015

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This intensive five-day program is designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to mediate a variety of everyday disputes. This course emphasizes the importance of practical experience in becoming an effective mediator. During frequent role-plays, each participant will mediate a variety of disputes with expert feedback.

This course is designed to satisfy the 40 classroom hours of training required to mediate court-referred disputes as indicated in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act § 154.052, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. This course also meets the Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable's requirements.

What you will learn:

  • General principles of the mediation process
  • Identification and practice of communication skills used by mediators
  • Introduction to the negotiation process including methods and styles of negotiation
  • Ethical considerations associated with mediation
  • Your mediation technique - one day of videotaping mock mediations for purposes of providing constructive feedback to the participants
  • Application of mediation techniques in complex multi-party disputes

Feedback from Participants:

" This course removes the mystery of mediation. It is 'hands on' and 'how to'."
-Former Governor Ann Richards

"Best CLE program I have ever taken... Challenging and rewarding."

" It was a great learning experience to try to put aside coming up with a resolution and allow the parties to do it themselves."

" This training was wonderful, informative and the diverse group of attendees allowed for realizing all of the many useful applications mediation can provide in diverse professions."


Kimberlee K. Kovach is the founder of Kovach Dispute Resolution and the author of Mediation in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition (West Academic). She has been a leader and visionary in the modern mediation and alternative dispute resolution movement for over thirty-five years. She is a leading teacher, trainer, scholar and practitioner in the field of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. She teaches mediation and other conflict resolution procedures nationally and internationally and continues to publish articles in the dispute resolution field.

Program Schedule (times may be subject to change):

Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
There will be some working lunches.


The fee, including notebook materials, breakfast, and afternoon snacks, is $1,095. Employees of government and non-profit organizations will receive a reduced rate of $945. The text book, Mediation in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition, purchased through the Center is $42 (price is subject to change based on the publisher). Parking is not included in the price of the course.

Continuing Education:

CLE requested through the State Bar of Texas.


Cancellation Policy: Written cancellation must be received 15 business days prior to the beginning of the program. There will be a $50 administrative fee for registrations canceled before the cut-off date. Cancellations after the cut-off date will receive no refunds; however, substitutions may be designated with notification to our office. The Center further reserves the right to cancel a program if sufficient enrollment is not met. In the event of the cancellation of a program, the Center will refund registration fees pertaining to that program.