Summer Institute

Last Day to Register is May 15, 2018

Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development is hosting the 2018 Summer Institute for Conflict Management Professionals at Callaway Gardens. The Summer Institute is the premier convention of professionals, practitioners, and scholars in mediation, k-12 education, higher education, social work, counseling, legal and courts, individuals who work in restorative practices, or anyone who could benefit by learning conflict management skills in these rich, interactive sessions. Individuals seeking to expand or improve their abilities to engage conflict constructively will find value in these trainings.

The Summer Institute represents a great networking opportunity for working professionals in the field of conflict management and offers a great opportunity to receive continued education or CLE credits.


Registration deadline has been extended per request of public demand to May 15, 2018! Click Here to Register


Participants will be responsible for booking their hotel stay during the Summer Institute for June 3 to June 9, 2018 using Kennesaw State University's discount rate of $159 per night plus taxes at the Lodge and Spa location. Discount applies to availability of rooms at time of registration. Call 1-844-314-8733 to register your room and tell them you are attending the Summer Institute.

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Location: Callaway Gardens
17800 US Hwy 27 Pine Mountain, Georgia 31822

Date & Time:
Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9, 2018

Workshop Summaries

The Summer Institute will have a choice of 5 different workshops taught by conflict management experts and psychologists. The workshops include 40-Hour General Mediation Training by Dr. Timothy Hedeen, 14-Hour Specialized Issues in Domestic Violence Mediation by Dr. Susan Raines, 21-Hour Juvenile Delinquency Mediation by Nicole Woolfork Hull, Esq., Introduction to Restorative Practices / Using Circles Effectively by Dr. Patricia Agatston, and Facilitating Restorative Conferences by Dr. Patricia Agatston.

40-Hour General Mediation and Practicum

Taught by Dr. Timothy Hedeen, Ombudsman and Professor in Conflict Management

The first 28 hours of mediation training focuses on an understanding of the mediation process, communication skills, problem-solving skills, agreement writing, and mediation ethics. Mediation skills are taught in a highly interactive format through short lecture, group discussion, focused exercises, and coached role-play. The training is designed to prepare the participant for mediation in civil cases. In addition, this intense four-day experience is designed to hone life skills that can enhance the participant’s ability to interact effectively with others. The training provides an understanding of the theory behind conflict while developing an effective skillset in resolving conflict.

The training meets general mediation training requirements for registration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR). In addition, the training is approved for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours (28 regular, 3 ethics, and 1 professionalism).

The 12 hour practicum will build upon the skills introduced during the General Civil Mediation Training. It provides an opportunity for you to observe, reflect on, and discuss the practice of mediation. The Practicum may be taken in lieu of 5 real case observations in mediation for the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution registration purposes.

Participants who complete this training will demonstrate the knowledge and skillset of the mediation process. The importance of confidentiality, understanding the ethics, regulations, practices and policies of mediation and the recognition of diversity issues in mediation.

Who should take this course?

  • Individuals interested in working on court cases.
  • Individuals interested in being registered neutrals with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
  • Individuals desiring a clear and concise understanding of communication, and resolving conflicts.
  • Individuals who have taken general mediation training, but need to add the practicum.

14-Hour Specialized Issues in Domestic Violence Mediation

Taught by Dr. Susan Raines, Professor in Conflict Management

Prerequisite: Registration with GODR as domestic relations mediators prior to taking specialized domestic violence mediation training.

Rules specify this training is for ‘experienced’ domestic relations mediators. This 14-hour workshop focuses on divorce and custody cases with specialization in domestic violence, with role-plays for screening and safety planning.

Who should take this course?

  • Registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution as a Domestic Relations Mediator
  • Experienced in domestic relations mediation cases

21-Hour Juvenile Delinquency Mediation

Taught by Nicole Woolfork Hull, Esq.

Prerequisite: 40-Hour General Mediation Training and registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution

Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Training is a 21-hour course providing participants the skills, knowledge, and understanding of alternative methods in dealing with first time offenders and their complainants (victims) to reach a resolution.

This course will cover issues related to the juvenile offender such as child development, alcohol and drugs, youth diversity, cultural awareness, and a myriad of other issues. The course will cover the comprehensive legal facts working with juveniles and the ethical aspects working with juveniles in a mediation setting..

Who should take this course?

  • Juvenile Justice Professionals
  • Mediators who want to work with youth/juveniles
  • Professionals in the Department of Family and Children Services
  • Teachers and Counselors in school districts
  • Law enforcement / school resource officers

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively

Taught by Dr. Patricia Agatston

Experience a thorough introduction to restorative practices concepts during this cornerstone event. The aim of restorative practices is to develop community and manage conflict and tension by repairing harm and restoring relationships. Attendees will receive copies of the Restorative Practices Handbook an- Restorative Circles in Schools.

Introduction to Restorative Practices - Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships.

Using Circles Effectively - Discover how to optimally utilize circles in any setting with particular focus on the classroom and with staff.

Who should take this course?

  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Administrators
  • School Social Workers
  • Youth Serving Organizations
  • School Resource Officers

Facilitating Restorative Conferences

Taught by Dr. Patricia Agatston

Preferred Introduction to Restorative Practices is completed prior to this workshop

This training provides a review of Restorative Practices and the continuum of strategies before introducing the foundation and skills needed for facilitating Restorative Conferencing. Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you to facilitate a restorative conference, in which everyone impacted by wrongdoing can share how they have been affected and have a say in how to repair the harm. This formal circle is used to address negative incidents and fosters more positive outcomes than mere punishment in education, criminal justice, youth work, organizational and other settings.

  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Administrators
  • School Social Workers
  • Youth Serving Organizations
  • School Resource Officers

Workshop Schedule and Pricing (Monday-Friday)


Training/Workshop Trainer Cost Dates
40-Hour General Mediation Training Dr. Timothy Hedeen $1400.00 June 4-8, 2018
Specialized Issues in Domestic Violence Mediation Dr. Susan Raines $800.00 June 4-5, 2018
Juvenile Delinquency Mediation Training Nicole Wollfork Hull $800.00 June 4-6, 2018
Introduction to Restorative Practices/
Using Circles Effectively
Dr. Patricia Agatston $400.00 June 4-5, 2018
Facilitating Restorative Conferences Dr. Patricia Agatston $400.00 June 7-8, 2018

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About the Location

Callaway Gardens is a beautiful resort off the Appalachian Mountains in Pine Mountain Georgia offering a perfect setting for professional development and training. The plethora of activities from which to choose outside of training provides time for fun and relaxation for adults and families.

Participants coming for two to five days of training will have a variety of activities to engage in at Callaway Garden’s property. In fact, there’s so much to do that participants could turn this into a summer vacation after training hours.

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Fun for Kiddos!

A summer camp is available for children ages 3- 17 from 9:00am-3:00pm. The range of activities varies on the age of the child and the cost is $75.00 per day. Participants can book one day or multiple days, but should book as soon as possible since there is limited space for the camp. Reservations must be made at time of hotel reservations.

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Participants interested in the Summer Camp for children 3-17 years old, should contact Ellen Lahtinen at 470-578-6115 or to register. Cost is $75 per day per child

Hotel Reservations

Participants will be responsible for booking their hotel stay during the Summer Institute for June 3 to June 9, 2018 using Kennesaw State University's discount rate of $159 per night plus taxes.

Call 1-844-314-8733 to register your room.


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Contact Information:
Ellen Lahtinen / email: / Phone: (470) 578-6115