Basic Mediation Training


We have updated this workshop to offer it entirely virtually. Participants will receive a link immediately before the event. Deadline to register is NOON on Thursday, October 15.

This 3-day workshop will train you to become a mediator using the facilitative style of mediation. This workshop will teach you facilitation skills and techniques to enhance communication, conflict resolution, information gathering, perspective-taking, problem-solving, interest-based negotiating, and agreement writing. Some of the topics covered include: confidentiality, mediator neutrality, active listening, the mediation process, and the legal and ethical considerations involved in mediating disputes. The training format includes mini-lecture, video, individual, small, and large group exercises, and coached role-playing. 

You must attend all 3 days to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Attorneys can receive 19.5 CLE credits (6.5 per day), two of which (on day three) are ethics credits. (CLE administered and provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association.)

Trainers: Cassandra Georges and Clymer Bardsley

Cassandra Georges is Principal of Above & Beyond Dispute Resolution. Ms. Georges has used mediation, arbitration, facilitation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help resolve thousands of complex disputes. She has experience handling a wide variety of conflicts, including commercial, community, family, and employment matters. The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States, named Ms. Georges a Lawyer on the Fast Track. The National Bar Association recognized her for being one of the top young lawyers in the United States. A native of Philadelphia, Ms. Georges is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communication (2001) and a J.D. with a Business and Public Policy Certificate (2005).

Clymer Bardsley has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, trainer and coach. Currently, he is a Professor of Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University, where he teaches Mediation, Negotiation, Team Development, and Interpersonal Communication. Throughout his career he has helped thousands of individuals to increase their productivity by reducing the conflict in their personal and professional lives. Clymer has developed his own impactful style and series of workshops, enabling his clients to build their skills in a safe and friendly environment. He has created a versatile coaching and mediation practice that is responsive to the needs of his clients. Clymer earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and his B.A. in History from Middlebury College.