Workshops and Trainings

Workshops & Trainings

Training for mediators and board members is offered at both the local and statewide levels.


1) 8-Hour Advanced Mediation Training from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, September 11, 2020 in Petoskey, MI

Mediators in the state of Michigan are required to participate in 8-hours of advanced training every two years. Northern Community Mediation had planned to offer two 4-Hour, Advanced Mediation Trainings on Friday, May 29 in the Reycraft Room of Stafford’s Perry Hotel¬† in Petoskey, Michigan. This training has been postponed until Friday, September 11, and all registered parties have been notified of this change. Other than the change in date, everything else remains the same. Both the morning and afternoon sessions will be divided into two, two-hour segments. Participants can attend just the morning session or just the afternoon session and receive a certificate for four-hours of advanced training. Those who participate in both the afternoon and morning sessions will receive an 8-hour certificate.

The topics of each of the sessions are as follows:
1. Working with People with Personality Disorders
2. Restorative Practices
3. The Mediator’s Mental Health & Well-Being
4. Power Imbalance at the Mediation Table

Further information and registration is available by clicking on the links below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact NCM at 231.487.1771

Flyer & Registration

Mediator Round Tables on Tuesday, June 9 and Tuesday, September 15

Northern Community Mediation will offer two Mediator Round Tables in 2020. The purpose of these Round Tables is to focus on a specific subject matter that is of interest to the NCM mediators. The Round Tables also provide the staff of NCM an opportunity to update the mediators on evolving information, as well as discuss best practices.

On June 9, the focus was to be on divorce and parenting time. Due to the challenges COVID-19 presents, this Round Table will not be face-to-face. Instead, it will be offered via Zoom, and the topic of conversation may change.

On September 15, Emily Hoffman, who received her law degree in Australia, will share her thoughts about the differences in the legal systems in Australia and the United States.

Registration for the Round Tables will be posted later in the year.

State of Michigan

1) 8-Hour Advanced Mediation Training on June 18, 2020 at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, MI

Please, note that this training has been re-scheduled from April 21 to June 18. This training meets the SCAO requirement to participate in 8 hours of advanced, mediation training every two years to remain qualified to mediate in Michigan. The trainers are Anne Bachle Fifer, Dale Ann Iverson and Robert Wright. To get further information and the registration form, click on the links below:

2) 40-Hour, General Civil Mediation Training October 6 – 8, 2020 and October 22 – 23, 2020 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

In order to be a mediator in the state of Michigan, participation in this training is required for both attorneys and non-attorneys. Details for this training are forthcoming. This training has been approved by the State Court Administrative Office to meet the 2.411 criteria as required by legislation. Dr. Jane Millar from Northern Community Mediation in Petoskey will be the lead facilitator.