General Mediation Training

general civil mediation training

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

General Civil Mediation Practicum: 12 Hours
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 will develop a fundamental understanding of the core requirements necessary in conducting civil mediation: concepts introduced are: core resolution concepts; mediation process and techniques; communication, diversity issues, negotiation dynamics; mediator's code of ethics; and the attorney/mediator/client role in mediation.


  • 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.


Alvin Albert, J.D.

Ellen Lahtinen, MPA


28-Hour General Mediation Training

September 10-13, 2019

  • September 10, 2019: 8:30 am-1:00 pm
  • September 11-13, 2019: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

12 Hour General Mediation Practicum

  • September 14, 2019: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • September 15, 2019: 8:30 am -1:00 pm


40-hour General Mediation Training: $1150.00

University System of Georgia Employees: $950.00


28-hour General Mediation Training only: $775.00

University System of Georgia Employees: $575.00


12-Hour Practicum only $375.00



Town Point, TP 4130

3391 Town Point Drive NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144

Deadline to Register is September 1, 2019

Cancellation Fees: Full Refund prior to August 27, 2019. Administrative fee of $250.00 if cancelled from August 27-September 1, 2019. No refund after September 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: GODR Required for all trainings: The fact that a training program has been approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution does not imply that any particular court-annexed or court referred program must or will accept as neutrals those who have completed that program. Trainees have 18 months from the last date of training to apply for registration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution or the training expires. Please visit to read these rules thoroughly. The workshop is approved for CLE hours (28 general, and 3 ethics).

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