Special education Mediation Training

Special Education Mediation Training will give you the tools needed to assist families and schools in resolving conflict which can ultimately lead to improved student outcomes.

Next class starts September 13


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Course Description

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that states make mediation available to parties to resolve any type of special education dispute.  The IDEA also requires that special education mediators have knowledge regarding laws and regulations related to the provision of special education and related services along with training in effective mediation skills and techniques needed to resolve disputes.

This 40-hr course is designed to prepare mediators who will be ready to assist parents and schools in resolving disputes involving students with disabilities. Special Education Mediation Training will provide the initial training needed for mediators to serve on state rosters as IDEA dispute resolution professionals.

This highly interactive training takes place on Zoom and includes lecture, discussion groups, case studies, role-play, and demonstrations. No educational or vocational requirements are necessary for taking this course.

Special Education Mediation Training allows participants to:

  • Create new career opportunities
  • Increase earning potential
  • Apply ethics to mediation situations
  • Be more valuable to your firm
  • Improve your resume
  • Gain needed skills for resolving daily conflict

Continuous Education Credit

This program includes a 40-hour certificate in Special Education Mediation Training.


Special Education Mediation Training takes place through online-video with Zoom.  This four-day course meets Friday and Saturday on consecutive weeks from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Central Standard Time.  Up until the class is full, there is a $100.00 early registration discount for registrations received at least 30 days before start of course. This discount is automatic when registering online. 

Classes are limited to 16 participants.

2024 Course Dates Open for Registration

  • Fall 2024 – Friday – Saturday, September 13-14 and 20-21, 2024

Course Topics Include

  • Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation under the IDEA Overview
  • Mediation Theory and the Mediator’s Role
  • Communication Theory and Special Education Conflict
  • Special Education Legal Issues Overview
  • Mediator Skills and Interventions
  • Understanding the Mediation Process
  • Understanding the parties in conflict
  • Skills for deescalating high conflict
  • The Power of Listening
  • Separating Interests from Positions
  • Dealing with Impasse
  • Writing the Mediation Agreement
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct for Mediators
  • Professional Development

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals interested in mediating special education disputes
  • Mediators
  • Attorneys
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors


  • $1275.00 – Regular Tuition
  • $1175.00 – Early Registration for registrations received four weeks or more before the course start date.

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