Training and Professional Development


PDRC holds this class on an as needed basis.

This 20-Hour interactive course teaches practical, effective mediation skills applicable in general district court and many arenas and is great training for anyone interested in conflict resolution. Participants will learn and practice key skills in conflict resolution, interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving. The course is approved by the Division of Dispute Resolution Services, Supreme Court of Virginia for general district court mediator certification. It is offered approximately two times a year. Please contact us at 540-347-6650 for future dates if it is not listed here.

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center offers training and workshops for individuals, businesses, and certified mediators. Click here for our Mentoring Policy 2019.

PDRC offers one to two day trainings for Community and Restorative Circles. This highly effective program is an excellent alternative to zero tolerance policies and has proven to reduce misbehavior, increase student and faculty morale and increase community mindfulness. PDRC has trained extensively with Alexandria City, Arlington, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange, and Prince William County Schools, to train their staff to include principals, assistant principals, school counselors, teachers and others in this program.

Some comments from the classes:
“The peer mediation training taught me how to help other students resolve conflict before it gets to violence. This program is the best. Thank you.”
“Excellent trainers and training . . . practical and engaging.”
“An excellent and comprehensive presentation.”
“Very informative! Far beyond my expectations”
“Best ethical dilemmas in a training.”
“I loved the real world examples and restorative chats.”
“A very helpful and interesting Professional Learning Session. Thanks!”

PDRC offers continuing mediation education classes to assist our mediators in networking with and learning from other mediators, sharpening our skills and obtaining the necessary hours for recertification. There is no charge for active PDRC volunteers. The fee for mediators not affiliated with PDRC typically costs approximately $35 per class.  These classes are offered throughout the year. Please call us at 540-347-6650 for more information.