Program to explore multi-party mediation

The Oakland Mediation Center (OMC) will offer "Multi-Party Mediation and Group Facilitation," a two-day, advanced mediation workshop for mediators who have previously completed a 40-hour SCAO Approved Mediator Training.

Mediators are being called upon to help in conflict situations that go beyond two or three disputants; with more issues, more sessions, and new kinds of power imbalances. This workshop will prepare mediators for the challenges of facilitating and mediating multi-party disputes in a community setting by assessing the conflict and needs of the parties, designing and planning a process that meets the parties' needs, adopting ground-rules and procedures, facilitating the process, and defining the roles of the mediators/facilitators and participants.

The training will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oakland Mediation Center located at 550 Hulet Drive, Suite 102, in Bloomfield Hills. The cost of the training is $495 or $325 for CDRP volunteers and staff. Fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, snack and certificate of completion.

This training will be delivered by Cheryl Cutrona, the executive director of Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia. She is a mediator, trainer, facilitator, writer, and editor. She mediates for the PA Dept. of Education, Office of Dispute Resolution, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Postal Service. Cutrona earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and received her law degree from Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

"OMC's mission is to help the community peacefully resolve conflict through mediation and education," said Bonnie Hanes, OMC executive director." "This training offers an advanced approach for mediators looking to improve upon their technique."

For additional information about this training, contact Camelia Ureche, general manager at or 248-338-4280, ext. 211.

Published: Wed, Nov 16, 2011