40 Hour Civil Mediation Training

SHRMThe 40-Hour Facilitative Civil Mediation Training is a comprehensive experiential training course that teaches participants to skillfully facilitate conversations between people in conflict in order to assist them in reaching creative, mutually-satisfactory outcomes. This course is designed for professionals who want to learn to mediate, and meets all requirements of both the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rule 114 Training Guidelines and the Community Dispute Resolution Program Training Requirements for community mediators in Minnesota. Upon completion of this certified course, participants will have the skills to mediate in a wide variety of situations and be eligible for inclusion on the Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral Civil Roster as well as be eligible to volunteer with community mediation centers throughout Minnesota.

During the training, participants learn the mediation process, and gain the skills to identify the interests and fundamental needs that underlie the positions of people in conflict. Participants also learn to reframe positional or destructive communication into productive communication, and to understand conflict styles, become an active listener, manage impasse, and identify power imbalances. Additionally, participants learn skills to remain neutral in challenging situations, and gain an understanding of the cultural and ethical issues that may arise when mediating parties in conflict.

Professional Credits:

  • 20 Standard Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE)
  • 40 SHRM Professional Development Credits
  • CEU certificate for educators, social workers, etc. will also be available
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Dates:  Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27

Cost:  $850.00

Time:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location:  SCSU Welcome Center


Available as a CEU course or as a for-credit course.

This is a 40 hour course even though the minimum number of hours needed for the civil roster is only 30 hours. The differential is because this course counts both as a university course which meets for around 45 hours as well as qualifying for the civil roster.

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Instructor:  R. Jeffrey Ringer

R. Jeffrey RingerProfessor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department at SCSU.  Jeff is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and has taught mediation for over ten years.  He also teaches courses in conflict management, family communication, and alternative forms of third party intervention.  He is a volunteer mediator for the Conflict Resolution Center and operates a ballroom dance studio in his free time.

Questions:  Contact Jeff Ringer, ringer@stcloudstate.edu


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