Course details

  • February 2 - March 26 , 2021

  • Typically 9-1pm

  • Online via Zoom

  • Continuing Education Credits


What mediators in training are saying...

Training Participant

The practice mediation sessions were really helpful and I did NOT want to participate at first. I really liked that the coaches were there real time. I liked how the groups were pre-assigned and I got to work with different people. I also thought that the virtual platform worked really well. I'm glad that it was scheduled for 7 half days rather than the full 3.5 days. That would have been too much via ZOOM.

Training Participant

Thanks! Overall great training, one of the most useful I have participated in. Great, friendly instructors who were very knowledgeable and approachable!


Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie, MA, PCC is a court-certified mentor mediator, ICF certified coach, facilitator, and trainer. She specializes in relationship and group dynamics, as well as management and leadership optimization, and she mediates resolutions and provides coaching to individuals and teams. Mrs. Cairnie is an adjunct professor at The Carter School at George Mason University. She holds an MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. 

James Q. Pope, MSW, JD is an attorney, mediator, and consultant in conflict management and subjects related to workplace conflict, employee relations, civil disputes, and divorce. Mr. Pope has conducted mediation training for the governments of Israel and Palestine and has conducted conflict management, mediation, and negotiation training for numerous public and private organizations. He is an adjunct professor at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and at George Mason University School of Law.

James R. Meditz, MA is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator.  He also provides services as a facilitator, instructor/trainer, consultant, and conflict management coach for diverse clients, including cases before Virginia courts; parties in employment and EEO disputes, and commercial and community entities.  He is a current member and past president of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Section.  In addition to the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, he is on the rosters of colleagues’ organizations and federal agencies.  Mr. Meditz has a Master of Arts in International Relations, Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  He is a graduate of the National War College, (National Defense University, Washington, DC) and the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, VA).  He received special training in Problem Solving in Organizations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and EEO matters, family business issues, conflict coaching, and in management and other subjects during his federal career.

Catherine Baker-Wingfield, JD has been a mediator for eight years, focused primarily on small claims cases heard in the Arlington General District Court. She has been a mentor with NVMS for four years and now co-teaches the Practicum class. When not mediating, Catherine is a principal at EMR Content + Communications, a Washington D.C. public affairs consultancy. She is also an adjunct professor with Johns Hopkins University, teaching opinion writing within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences MA program. Prior to joining EMR, Catherine served as a senior trial and appellate attorney with the US Department of Justice Criminal Division. She has also served as a law clerk with the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and worked as an associate with Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) a corporate law firm in London. Catherine has an LL.M. in International Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.