Transformative Mediation and Conflict Management Training Courses

You can learn Transformative Mediation either at an in-person seminar given by Simon Mediation, or online. If you’d like to join the prestigious ranks of others who  are certified in Transformative Mediation, you can do it by taking Simon Mediation’s Basic Course, followed by the Advanced Course, and then by completing the Certification Process. All mediation classes are approved for MCLE and CLE credits.

Transformative mediation addresses conflict at its most important level—its core reason for being. Rather than imposing a settlement on the parties involved, the transformative mediator supports both parties in their own efforts to improve their interaction as they discuss their conflict, and uncover and address the underlying issues. The United States Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration have chosen transformative mediation as their preferred method for addressing employment discrimination claims. And over 90% of employees and over 90% of management officials report being satisfied with the process. Simon Mediation has used this approach in hundreds of family cases, as well as many business partnership, inheritance, family business, and employment disputes. All Simon Mediation’s trainings are interactive, fun, and pre-approved for continuing education credits.

Our mediation training courses address conflict resolution, divorce mediation, family mediation, workplace mediation and more.

Mediation Instructor

Dan Simon, MA, J.D. was the first certified transformative mediator in his home state of Minnesota; he now works and trains globally. He has trained mediators nationally for the U.S. Postal Service, for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and served as an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law. He provides conflict mediation of all types of disputes, including family, employment, and business. He received his B.A. with Honors, from UC: Berkeley; his J.D. cum laude, from the University of Minnesota School of Law; and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 1992, but has practiced and taught only mediation since 1998.

Guest Mediation Instructors & Guest Mediation Coaches

Simon Mediation only contracts the highest caliber guest instructors and guest coaches to assist with the training process. Distinguished guest instructors have included: Dr. Bill Doherty, Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Minnesota; Jim Coben, former director, Hamline University School of Law and Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute; Sharon Press, Director of Hamline University School of Law’s Dispute Resolution Institute; Honorable Bruce Peterson, Judge in the District Court in Hennepin County; Honorable Sue Cochrane former Chief Referee of District Court in Hennepin County; Ken Fox, professor, Hamline University School of Business, director of Conflict Studies and Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University School of Law; Steve Harris, Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Graduate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy; Aimee Gourlay, director of The Mediation Center and a Senior Fellow of Hamline University School of Law’s, Dispute Resolution Institute; Jessica Kuchta-Miller, Associate Ombuds, University of Colorado Boulder; Dave Decker, Licensed Psychologist; Leslie Sinner McEvoy, arbitrator, mediator, and adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law; Kristine Paranica and Sarah Bernhardt Prom of UND’s Conflict Resolution Center; Greg Heberlein, Licensed Psychologist; Deb Clemmensen, Licensed Psychologist. Past coaches have included Rabbi Shosh Dworsky, Attorney Änna Hagstrom, and Mediator Carey HeartBorne, Director of HeartBorne Mediation.

Get Mediation Certification

You can learn Transformative Mediation either at an in-person seminar given by Simon Mediation, or online. If you’d like to join the prestigious ranks of others who  are certified in Transformative Mediation, you can do it by taking Simon Mediation’s Basic Course, followed by the Advanced Course, and then by completing the Certification Process.

Transformative mediation addresses conflict at its most important level—its core reason for being. Rather than imposing a settlement on the parties involved, the transformative mediator supports both parties in their own efforts to improve their interaction as they discuss their conflict, and uncover and address the underlying issues. The United States Postal Service and the Transportation Security Administration have chosen transformative mediation as their preferred method for addressing employment discrimination claims. And over 90% of employees and over 90% of management officials report being satisfied with the process. Simon Mediation has used this approach in hundreds of family cases, as well as many business partnership, inheritance, family business, and employment disputes. All Simon Mediation’s trainings are interactive, fun, and pre-approved for continuing education credits.

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Mediation Training

Learn the transformative approach to mediation.  Register for a regularly scheduled course in Los Angeles or Minnesota, listed here. Or call us to arrange a customized training for your group. Participants rave about these courses.  You’ll love these courses if you’re a practicing mediator, therapist or lawyer, or if this is your absolutely first experience with mediation.

These courses have been offered at the Law Schools of Hofstra University and the University of North Dakota, as well as the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.  Graduates have used what they’ve learned to mediate high-powered litigation, workplace disputes, parenting or custody struggles, divorces and community cases.  Past participants have included judges, legislators, lawyers, therapists, hockey coaches, educators, and members of just about every other profession, as well.  You’ll feel comfortable and welcome, but also stimulated and challenged.

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Manage your Conflicts

No matter how well we know what we’re “supposed” to do in conflict, at our worst moments, we simply don’t do it.  The transformative theory explains why that is in a way that makes sense. And in a way that is motivating, empowering, and, well, transformative.  In these courses you’ll learn what it takes for you to step up at those tough times, stand up for yourself effectively, and live up to your own expectations of who you want to be. You’ll also learn to recognize the signs of the destructive conflict cycle, learn how to reverse that cycle, and learn how to act with strength and compassion even in the most difficult of situations.

This course will help you with conflicts with family members, business partners, clients, and everyone else. We hope you’ll join us soon—as you can see below from the testimonials, other participants have found it nothing short of life changing.

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  • "
    Inspiring! Useful in my job and throughout my life.
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    - Lianne Guenther, Attorney, Apple Valley, MN.
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    Loved the content, humor, pacing, and guest appearances. I felt like I was well taken care of and learned many valuable things. 10 out of 10.
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    - Jonathon Swanson, Student
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    Enlightening, challenging, liberating. 10 out of 10. Your style and the content of the class are right on. I will definitely recommend your course to colleagues.
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    - Carl Lehmann, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis, MN.
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    Wonderful. Basically the best CLE course I’ve taken. I’m grateful for your presence and your integrity. 10 out of 10. To me this was REAL mediation training.
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    - Stephen Sage, Attorney, St. Paul, MN
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    Great experience. Very helpful in practice and life. 10 out of 10.
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    - Jim Michels, Attorney, Minneapolis, MN