Mediation Certification Training

Curriculum Highlights

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Theory

Discussion of conflict type, specific issues in conflict, discussion of different models of mediation and effective practice.

Mediation Process and Techniques

Develop trust, maintaining control, brainstorming for resolutions, building on partial agreements, impasse breaking techniques, and legal issues.

North Carolina Rules

Review of the Superior Court Mediation Statutes, Rules, and Standards of Conduct for certified mediators.


Consideration of ethical dilemmas in the practice of mediation.

Mediation Demonstration and Role Play Simulations

The course includes mediation demonstration and realistic role-play opportunities for students.

About the Program

The program includes the theory and practice of conflict resolution, enhanced negotiation skills and mediation advocacy, an important examination of the perceptual process in the context of mediation, psychology appropriate to the course, issues that are common in many civil litigation mediation, workplace conflict, and other contexts. The program includes discussion and practice of communication and heightened listening skills that are important for an effective mediation process.

Class time includes small group role-plays and discussion of the dynamics that players experience in mediating the role-play. Participation and questions are strongly encouraged. The teaching style is conversational and the program is highly interactive.

Who Should Attend

Although the course is designed primarily for persons in North Carolina’s Superior Court mediated settlement conference program, it is appropriate for anyone who is interested in a comprehensive course in mediation. The program is open to managers, attorneys, ADR professionals, educators, human resource professionals, and anyone seeking conflict resolution experience.

Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC provides quality instruction and information, but you must determine if you are qualified to be court certified. Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC cannot assure that you will get mediation work now and whether that work will be financially gainful for you.

There are additional requirements for certification beyond the completion of a 40 hour mediation training program including possession of a college degree and career experience; that successful completion of the program is not a guarantee of certification; in that those interested in training may contact the Dispute Resolution Commission’s office to learn more about certification requirements before registering ( or (919) 890-1415). Non-lawyers are encouraged to seek additional guidance from the Commission to clarify their qualifications for certification.

Mail-in Registration Form.

16-Hour Training

This training is offered for certified mediators to provide the 16-hour Mediated Settlement Conference training course required by the North Carolina MSC Rule 8.A for MSC Certification. This course is aimed at Family Financial Settlement mediators seeking dual certification to also mediate in the Mediated Settlement Program.

16 hour course

Superior Court Mediation Training (40-Hours)

40 Hour Mediation Training


Mail-in Registration Form.



View CVs:

Robert A. Beason

  • Mediator, Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC
  • Mediator, Vice President of Mediation Services, Duke Private Adjudication Center, 1995-2002
  • Primary Trainer, Duke Private Adjudication Center Mediation Certification Training, 1995-2002
  • Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law, Negotiation and Mediation
  • Degrees from the College of William and Mary, and the University of North Carolina School of Law

René Stemple Ellis

  • Mediator, Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC
  • Mediator, Executive Director Duke Private Adjudication Center, 1987-2002
  • Primary Trainer, Duke Private Adjudication Center Mediation Certification Training, 1995-2002
  • Senior Lecturing fellow, Duke University School of Law, Negotiation and Mediation
  • Degrees from West Virginia University and Duke University School of Law


Upcoming Mediation Training Dates

  • August 3 - August 7, 2011
    The Friday Center
    Chapel Hill, NC