GMU & NAFCM Offer Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution

The Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University is working with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) to co-create the Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution, and they are offering a discount to NAFCM members (see below for more details).  The certificate is intended to enhance the mediator’s skills at initiating, educating, and facilitating processes that address conflict collaboratively, revealing opportunities to effect positive systems change. The system may be the family, the workplace, the neighborhood, institutions such as local government, public safety, education, or any setting where two or people connect.

The Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Dispute Resolution will provide space to explore the nexus between larger social structures that currently facilitate economic and racial inequalities, unequal access to justice and educational systems and our work as community mediators. This will be a time to sharpen your skills, within a small group setting, for:

  • analyzing the factors underlying disputes,
  • recognizing power differentials among disputants,
  • applying appropriate processes that will assist those in dispute to create choices that may revolutionize their conflict, and,
  • using mediation, negotiation, coaching and facilitation to assist people.

To strengthen their work, The Carter School is offering the certificate to NAFCM members at a reduced rate.  While NAFCM has four levels of membership (institutional, program, associate, student), to receive this benefit you must be a program member or associated with the community mediation center and volunteering at least 70 hours a year at the center.  Out-of-state NAFCM program members will save a minimum of $3,000 from the current standard on-line cost. NAFCM program members who are residents of Virginia will save a minimum of $1,700 from the current standard on-line instate cost.  Your estimated total credit hour tuition cost will range between $7,150 (if you already have your mediation certification) to $8,250 (if you need to obtain your mediation certification)!   The application fee will be refunded on the first semester’s tuition bill. 

You can learn more about the certificate program here: Certificate Program   
You can verify your NAFCM membership here:  NAFCM Verification

You can learn more about a NAFCM Program Membership for community mediation centers here ($200/year): Member Categories & Benefits - National Association for Community Mediation (

Please be aware that only up to 15 applicants will be accepted into this certificate program, and the deadline for Fall 2021 is May 15, 2021 (this Saturday!). So, if this is of interest to you, don’t hesitate!

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2021 Fall Conference Call for Presentations

The Virginia Mediation Network is hosting the Annual Fall Training Conference September 20-October 1, 2021. The conference will be entirely virtual, and our theme this year is “Building Bridges” between people and communities.  

VMN is seeking proposals for 1-1.5 hour workshop presentations that would be of interest to conference participants.  Speakers will be offered a $50 discount on conference registration fees or a $50 honorarium.  Workshops on implementing Conflict Resolution in both Public and Private sectors are of special interest, however, all conference presentation ideas are welcome for review. To assist in thinking about topic areas, past participants have identified the following areas of interest:

Possible Session Ideas:

  • Navigating cultural, political, and worldview differences in mediation;
  • Intersection of social justice and conflict resolution tools;
  • Mediation techniques; 
  • Facilitating heated discussions involving difficult subjects
  • Conflict Coaching;
  • Careers in conflict resolution (beyond mediation and law);
  • Opportunities for conflict management and resolution; 
  • Mentoring;
  • Marketing and branding;
  • Technology and mediating online; 
  • Ethics in conflict resolution practice (must be 2 hours)
  • Effects of COVID-19 on laws;
  • Family mediation, including domestic violence screening, child support, and visitation’
  • Ombuds in organizations;
  • Arbitration demystified;
  • Raising the Bar-Advanced Mediation Certification-MC3.

Presenter proposals are being accepted until July 15, 2021.  However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible so we can confirm continuing education credits for marketing purposes. 

The “2021 Call for Presentations Checklist” can be downloaded here: Newsletters & Downloads (  Please complete and return this form along with all requested documentation.  All forms are required when submitting the program proposal, as these materials are needed for the continuing education application process.

All materials should be submitted to Christy Brimmer, VMN Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed to the address below.  Please scan in a signature copy of your CME application if submitted by email.   

VMN, P.O. Box 29007, Henrico, VA 23242

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Christy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804) 316-5271.

Call for Presentations for 2021 Fall Virtual Conference

We are now accepting presentation proposals for this year's fall virtual conference (Sept. 20-Oct. 1, 2021).  Our theme is "Building Bridges."  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Save the Date for VMN's Fall Virtual Conference

We are proud to announce our 2021 Annual Conference scheduled to be held virtually between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1. Our theme this year is, "Building Bridges."  VMN welcomes all ADR and allied professionals to its membership, webinars and and conference. More information will be posted soon regarding submitting proposals for presentations and, later, to register to attend.

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