Prospective Training

40 Hour Mediation Training

Learn the art of workplace mediation.

This is your personal Invitation to join three mediation professionals in a 40-hour Workplace Mediation Training.
The trainers are:
Dr. Peter Maida, Dr. Claudine Schweber, and Attorney Stephen B. Pershing.
Dr. Peter Maida has been mediating workplace and family matters for the past 37 years. He served for seven years as editor of the Academy of Family Mediators’ Mediation Quarterly. He was until recently CEO of the Key Bridge Foundation, which provides mediation services nationwide to resolve complaints to the U.S. Department of Justice alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Dr. Maida has also provided mediation services to a number of Federal agencies including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and Agriculture, as well as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. As well, Dr. Maida has been on the faculty of a number of Washington-area universities, including the University of Maryland, from which he retired in *date. Currently, he is a Senior Professional Lecturer at American University in Washington. Currently, Dr. Maida maintains a private mediation practice.

Dr. Claudine Schweber has been involved in conflict resolution for several decades, as a professor of criminal justice and management and as a university administrator. She was trained as a mediator in Buffalo, N.Y., and then in the Washington, D.C., area. She has managed the Multi-Door dispute resolution program in the D.C. Courts, and has served as National Training Director for the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Dr. Schweber was a member of the Board of the Society of Professional Dispute Resolution (a precursor to the Association for Conflict Resolution) and the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, and has held a variety of positions in higher education administration. She is currently a professor emeritus in the Doctor of Management Program at the University of Maryland, University College, focusing on crisis management and resilience, and she periodically mediates court disputes.

Attorney Steve Pershing is an experienced litigator and law teacher with his own “low bono” law and mediation practice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Pershing is a 1979 graduate of Harvard College and a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He received his principal mediation training at the Institute for Dispute Resolution at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., under Susanne Terry and David Specht. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Pershing was legal director of the Virginia ACLU, and from 1996 to 2005 he was a senior attorney in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Justice Department, litigating for minority voting rights across the nation and training younger lawyers at DOJ’s National Advocacy Center. He then served for four years as senior counsel at the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C., in Washington, a boutique focusing on civil justice for plaintiffs nationwide. From 2009 to 2011 he was the first full-time director of the Washington semester program for the University of California law schools. In 2011 he founded a similar program of his own as a nonprofit consortium of law schools. He has taught law at William & Mary, George Washington and American Universities.

What students will learn in the training includes:
*Types of dispute resolution
*The workplace as a laboratory for mediation
*How to set up a mediation session
*Working with employers and supervisees
*Stages of mediation (e.g., introduction, issue development, option building, negotiating, reaching a mutual resoluti
*Writing a mediated agreement
*Differentiating between competitive and collaborative negotiation
*Resolving impasses in negotiation
*The role of diversity in both mediators and clients
*Professional issues, including professional organization
*Handy resources for mediators

Training participants will have ample opportunity to test their skills. Role playing, focus groups, testing mediation skills with objective measures, and videos will be included in the training.

When, where, and how much?
Dates and duration: Five consecutive days, Training starts of Monday, April 17th, 2017.

Location: 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. , Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20015
Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion
Cost: $1000 (Includes tuition, materials, and daily refreshments.)
CEU’s: Provided upon request.

(For those travelling from out of town, information will be provided about accommodations.)

Call or write Peter Maida with any questions:


Send for a Training brochure.

Trans-acting in the Workplace Workshop – Call for schedule

Parents and Children With Disabilities Workshop – Call for schedule

Bowen’s Concept of Differentiation: A Tool For Mediators. – Call for schedule

Training Particulars:

Mediation Training In Washington

1. Forty Hour Family Mediation Training – Call for Schedule Cost: $900 – Limited Enrollment

2. Trans-acting in the Workplace – (Learn how to administer a psychometric test assessing behavior in the workplace, and how to coach and counsel employees based on the results of the test) – Cost: $600 – Limited Enrollment

3. Parents and Children With Disabilities – (When a parent and a child or children or both have a disability – special considerations) – Cost: $300 – Limited enrollment

4. Bowen’s Concept of Differentiation: A Tool for Mediators

All training will be held in Washington, DC. Or, I will travel to your location. For more information, please check the website or call Peter Maida directly at: (cell) 202-285-2510 or (office) 202-730-0864.


(Contact Dr. Maida and receive an Invoice-registration form.  Call 202-285-2510 with any questions.)

I am planning to offer three of my trainings as webinars. ZOOM will handle the technical aspects. The three trainings are: Use of the Trans-acting in the Workplace, Bowen’s Concept of Differentiation: A Tool for Mediators, 40 Hour Mediation Training. Please call me to discuss potential training dates for all three. (202-285-2510)


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