The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration

Course Details

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
January 11-15, 2016

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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:

Approved for 40.00 CLE hours and 2.75 ethics hours through the State Bar of Texas.

Yes! And...Applied Improv for Mediators
July 31, 2015

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This highly interactive half-day workshop will create a safe space in which we will merge mediation and improv perspectives and objectives, and the focus of both disciplines on "getting to yes." The program is intended to offer fresh, and sometimes unconventional, insights on how we can improve mediation/conflict resolution skills by understanding the basic components and exercises of improv training. Participants will also learn techniques they can teach to parties involved in mediation.

What you will learn:

  • Learn to be responsive in the moment
  • Develop your intuitive listening
  • Improve your ability to think on your feet
  • Enhance curiosity to be open to new perspectives
  • Explore and discover to challenge limiting assumptions
  • Increase your resiliency and flexibility
  • Learn exercises to use and/or teach people involved in a mediation

Session Topics:

  • Be attentive to detail and respond in the moment
  • Adaptability and the power of “Yes! And…”
  • Creating successful collaboration and problem solving


Terrill Fischer is a trainer, facilitator and improviser. He has over 27 years of speaking, coaching, and training experience in both small business and corporate environments. He has facilitated over 1000 programs on leadership, negotiation, conflict management, and creativity and stress management. He has completed over 80 hours of Dispute Resolution training in the State of Texas. As a conflict management trainer, he combines his professional mediation skills with a solid understanding of how to effectively help individuals and groups engage in ways to find creative solutions to difficult situations. He uses improvisational techniques to help mediators improve their conflict competence. He is also a professional improviser trained at ComedySportz and the Applied Improv Network. As a professional improviser, he has performed in nearly 500 shows at various venues around the U.S. He is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network and a local improv troupe called Comedy Spartans.

Shawn Utterback is an experienced trainer and facilitator with over 15 years experience. As a communications expert and planner,  Shawn has led strategy and brand development efforts for several Fortune 500 clients with products ranging from Pampers to Play Station. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University where he teaches Creative Strategy and The Art of Presentation. Shawn has facilitated workshops for a number of organizations including Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Louisville Ad Fed, Gilda’s Club, RAPP Collins, Brown-Forman, Destination Imagination and Angel Flight.

Program Schedule (times may be subject to change):

Friday, July 31, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


The fee, including materials and snacks, is $175. Parking is not included in the price of the course.

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.