COVID-19 Impact on Training Courses
Updated April 24, 2020
As you are well aware, life in the United States and throughout the world has changed dramatically due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Travel restrictions, small and large event cancellations, and shelter-in-place orders have created uncertainty and disruption. We continue to monitor the situation by following updates from government leaders and health experts. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our seminar participants, our trainers and guest speakers, and their loved ones. At this time, we have rescheduled seminars that were to be held thru the end of May 2020. We plan to resume in-person, classroom training seminars beginning in June and anticipate holding all upcoming seminars currently listed on this site between June and December 2020. We will continue to monitor developments and follow the guidelines established by federal, state and local governments and health experts at the CDC and other entities. If any further scheduling changes are needed, we will update this site immediately. If you register for a seminar that must be rescheduled, you can attend another session, switch to a different seminar, take the course online (if available) or receive a refund.
CLASSROOM vs. ONLINE DELIVERY OF COURSES REQUIREMENTS
Current mediator training guidelines in Alabama require that the 20-hour General/Civil Mediation course, the 40-hour Divorce and Family Mediation training course and the Domestic Violence in Mediation training seminar be held in a live, in-person, classroom setting in order for participants to qualify for registration as a mediator in Alabama. Consequently, these courses can NOT be offered online. If this requirement changes, we are prepared to offer training online for these programs in the future. Until then, our only choice is to wait to hold the seminars when government and health officials allow.
However, these requirements do NOT impact other training programs that we offer. The following training programs will be offered in a digital (online), on-demand format beginning as indicated.
Teaching Mediation: Train-the-Mediation-Trainer -- Online course begins in May 2020
Building a Profitable Mediation Practice -- Online course begins in June 2020
2020 Advanced Mediation Seminar -- Online course begins in July 2020
If you register for an in-person seminar that is rescheduled to a later date, you may attend a live, in-person course or you may transfer to the the online version of the course at NO extra cost (as soon as the digital version is available).
WE WILL UPDATE THIS SITE IF ADDITIONAL CHANGES ARE NEEDED
The seminar calendar on this site will be updated if further changes are necessary and registrants will be notified if additional changes are required by government guidelines. In the event that additional scheduling changes are needed, registrants will have the option to cancel for a full refund, or reschedule to a later program or complete the program online (when available). Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our seminar participants, our trainers and our loved ones. If you register for any seminar and decide it would not be safe to attend, you can reschedule or cancel anytime without financial penalty.
WE WILL BE READY WHEN THIS TEMPORARY CRISIS IS OVER
We have been training Alabama's mediators for 25 years. Over 82% of the mediators registered with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution have completed our programs. You can trust that we will be here to provide outstanding mediation training for you when the COVID-19 crisis is over.
FINAL THOUGHT: WILL COVID-19 CHANGE THE PRACTICE OF MEDIATION?
YES, and it already has. Online mediation has been around for over a decade, but the majority of mediators have not used online meeting technology in their mediation practices before now. That all changed in recent weeks as COVID-19 and social distancing became a reality in the United States. We believe that incorporating the use of technology for virtual meetings will become essential for most mediators to remain competitive as the mediation market comes to expect the option of virtual mediation -- even after the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Every seminar we teach now includes a segment on incorporating online mediation technology into your mediation practice. It's not difficult or expensive to use technology in mediation, but it will be necessary to stay competitive in the mediation marketplace.
Additionally, the increased backlog of cases in the court system created by court closures during the COVID-19 crisis will necessitate that courts look for ways to get cases through the system quicker. Mediation is the obvious choice and has proven to be a quicker and less expensive alternative to trial. As judges and court systems look for ways to handle the backlog of cases created by court closures due to COVID-19, we believe the use of mediation will increase dramatically. We also believe that mediators and the mediation process will be an even greater help to the court system, to attorneys, and to litigants in the future.
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