Course details

  • May 4-5, 9am-1pm both days

  • Mediation Skills and Process or 20-hour basic mediation training

  • Online via Zoom

  • Continuing Education Credits

    8 (Virginia MCLE)

  • Approved to complete the 2 observation requirement for Virginia Court Mediator Certification levels.

  • Cost: $495

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Course overview

    • Notice - Dispute Resolution Service at the Supreme Court of Virginia

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

    • Course Agenda

  • 2

    Complete Course Materials

    • Mediation Skills and Process Manual

    • Standards of Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Certified Mediators

    • Structured Mediation Observation Form

    • Agreement to Mediate Samples

    • Warrant in Debt

    • Overview - The Stages of the Mediation Process (Expanded)

    • Overview - The Stages of the Mediation Process (Short)

    • Sample Agreements

    • What If Handout

  • 3

    Live Session Details

    • Zoom details

    • Zoom Meeting Controls

  • 4

    Next Steps

    • Training evaluation

    • ADR 1009 - Trainee Evaluation - Required for certification application

    • General District Court Certification Next Steps

    • ADR 1001 - Mentee Evaluation Form

    • ADR 1008 - Mentee Portfolio Form

    • Application for Mediator Certification

    • Mediation Forms

    • NVMS Conflict Resolution Center Programs and Services

Program structure

Live online sessions

Activities include: Mediation demonstrations; discussion in large and small groups; practice activities in pairs; and role-play practice.


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.