A basic training course in


 Hosted by Mediation Northside and Accredited by the Mediators Institute of IrelandAll sessions will be held at the Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

Course presenter: Geoffrey Corry,

Course fee: €895,  to be paid to Mediation Northside

Video assessment: fee €250 to be paid to Geoffrey Corry on agreed date of video assessment (this payment is between Participants and Trainer)  

 This basic skills course is an intensive 60-hour training held over two evenings and six days. It is run as two separate modules over a period of one month. It is designed for volunteers and professionals who want to pick up basic conflict resolution and mediation skills for use in their own organization or work situation or to become a mediator in community, family and workplace disputes.


Dates & Times

 Module 1

 - Thursday 21st February 2013 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 - Friday 22nd February 2013 from 9:30am – 6:00pm

 - Saturday 23rd February 2013 from 9:30am – 6:00pm

 Module 2

 - Thursday 7th March 2013 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

 - Friday 8th March 2013 from 9:30am – 6:00pm

 - Saturday 9th March 2013 from 9:30am – 6:00pm


A separate session for Project presentations will be organized about one month later on a date to be agreed with participants. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the two modules and the project presentation.

 Video Assessment and Qualification


For those who wish to go further and become a Certified Member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland [the professional association for mediators in Ireland, Mediation Northside will support participants to join role-play groups to practice their mediation skills and to prepare for the video assessment of skills competence. This involves each trainee mediating a case through a one hour role play to demonstrate their skills as a mediator.

 A Certificate of Assessment is awarded upon successful completion of the video assessment. Trainees can then send both theirCertificate of Completion and Certificate of Assessment to the MII to become a Certified Member of the MII.

 Benefits of Training Course

 By the end of the 60-hour course, you will:

  • have developed an awareness of the positive value of conflict and your own style of responding to conflict
  • appreciate the essential features and principles of the mediation process and how to adapt it for working through different interpersonal disputes
  • understand the underlying purpose and effective conduct of each stage of the mediation process
  • possess the basic knowledge and skills to resolve conflicts informally or to start practicing mediation (under supervision)
  • have participated in at least six simulated mediations, using case studies developed from different interpersonal dispute areas.

 Topics covered during the course


  • General introductions
  • Our perceptions of "conflict": positive and negative
  • Conflict management within groups and organizations.


  • Generating experiences of conflict situations
  • Finding your conflict comfort zone
  • The five styles of handling conflict
  • Managing your style and avoiding going into excess

3.  REFLECTIVE LISTENING SKILLS                            

  • Picking up clues from body language
  • Working with and acknowledging perceived reality
  • Reflective listening: the discipline of not adding anything
  • Connecting with the emotional realities         


  • How unmanaged conflict escalates: the conflict spiral
  • Conflict analysis, intervention and problem solving
  • Dispute resolution: power balancing and anger management

 5. INTEREST BASED NEGOTIATION                     

  • Interest based v adversarial negotiation
  • PIN model: Positions, Interests and Needs
  • “Win as much as you can”
  • Balancing and mixing self-interest and cooperation


  • Process continuum for alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
  • The growth of community, family and business mediation
  • The different models of mediation for each sector       

6. GETTING PARTIES TO THE TABLE                          

  • The pre-mediation phase: role and tasks of interveners
  • Role play of case development for a neighbor dispute


  • Old and new mediation
  • A generic mediation processforinterpersonal disputes
  • Demonstration of the stage process (neighbor dispute)

8. MEDIATION PROCESS SKILLS                                  

  • Rehearsing the introduction and storytelling stages
  • Role play and mediation skills practice (neighbor dispute)
  •       Framing the issues and problem solving stages
  • Role play and mediation skills practice (family dispute)
  • Writing up the agreement

9.  PROCESS ISSUES IN MEDIATION                          

  • Handling anger and emotion through storytelling
  • Empowerment of the disputants
  • Power balancing
  • Reframing, problem solving and option generation      

10. PROJECT PRESENTATION                         

  • Each participant presents a small project on a conflict resolution or mediation topic of their choice from the supplied reading list, which summarizes the reading.

 Course Director

 Geoffrey Corry BA (Mod) MSc (Mgmt) HDipEd
is a self-employed management consultant specializing in conflict resolution, facilitation and mediation in a number of settings - family mediation, workplace and business disputes, restorative justice, community and the environment. He works two days each week with the state run Family Mediation Service as a family mediator for marital separation and divorce. He is a Board member of the Family Support Agency and former chair of the Mediators Institute of Ireland.He was the founder of the Mediation Bureau in Tallaght, the first neighbor dispute resolution scheme in the Republic. He has taught mediation skills for over 19 years for UCD adult education and other agencies. He was the Facilitator for over 50 political dialogue workshops held at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation between 1994 and 2006 as part of the peace process in Ireland. These workshops brought together party activists at a sub-leadership level from all the political parties in these islands to discuss key issues in the peace process.

Bookings please contact Valerie Gaughran, Ph; 014842988 or