The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Building Collaboration

Course Details

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
December 1-5, 2014

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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."

" I learned how mediation is really supposed to be versus how I have experienced it."

"Leave your lawyer mind at the office."

" You don’t have to be a litigator/attorney to be a good mediator. Having participated in this program I now have a broader perspective of the mediation process and I was impressed with the insights and knowledge gained."

" 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 program has given me effective tools not only for mediation, but also general strategies for dealing with difficult individuals and situations."

" 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 Kovach is the author of Mediation: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition (West Group). She has over twenty-five years of experience in mediation as a practitioner, educator, and researcher. She is a former chair of the ABA 's ADR Section and the State Bar of Texas ADR Section. She teaches mediation and other conflict resolution procedures 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: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition, purchased through the Center is $72 (price is subject to change based on the publisher). Parking is not included in the price of the course.

Continuing Education :

May 2014: Approved for 40 hours of CLE and 2.75 ethics hours through the State Bar of Texas.

December 2014: CLE requested through the State Bar of Texas.

Public Policy Conflicts: Engagement using ADR Techniques
November 13-14, 2014

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This two-day interactive course on working with public policy conflicts will focus on:

  1. Understanding ADR models applied to government agency operations and public policy conflicts
  2. Assessing situations for possible interventions by a mediator or facilitator
  3. Experiencing stakeholder dialogue models through short demonstrations
  4. Practicing facilitation techniques for inter-agency and inter-sector collaboration
  5. Applying ADR concepts to your professional needs


John B. Stephens is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina School of Government. His areas of expertise include inter-agency and public policy dispute resolution; citizen participation; group collaboration and facilitation.Previously, he was research director of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. His publications include Guidebook to Public Dispute Resolution in North Carolina and Public Management Bulletin: Using a Mediator in Public Disputes. He is co-author of Reaching for Higher Ground: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities and School Funding Disputes: Mediate, Don't Litigate. He is chair of the steering committee of the University Network for Collaborative Governance.

Program Schedule (times may be subject to change):

Thursday and Friday – 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
On your own for lunch.


The fee including notebook materials, breakfast, and afternoon snacks is $375. Parking is not included in the price of the course.

Continuing Education :

CLE will be 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.