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Basic Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills: 40 Hours

Register by April 11 and receive a $50 early bird discount.

Howard Community College offers this 40-hour training, which provides a comprehensive overview of conflict resolution and intensive/interactive mediation skills building and satisfies the training requirement for designation by Maryland Circuit Courts as a mediator. Training involves small group discussions and exercises, coached role playing, videos, and lecture. Manual provided. Please bring lunch for Saturday sessions. Instructor Barbara Blake Williams has a private practice and has served as court-appointed mediator for several courts. She holds an M.P.A. in public administration, M.Ed. in counseling, and a J.D. 4.0 CEUs.

Tuition: $925 (includes $290 in fees*)
Thu, Fri & Sat (see Sat hours below) May 02-May 18 6:30PM-9:45PM Gateway Campus XI-114 7740 #4207
Saturday classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Conflict Resolution POISE Under Pressure
This course presents a tool for ethical decision-making for mediators captured in the acronym “POISE”. Course content includes how to identify an ethical dilemma and use of the tool in resolving ethical dilemmas. Workshop format includes discussion and applied exercises. Note: This course covers material congruent with Judicial Rule 17 Continuing Education requirements and the MPME mandate for Continuing Education in mediation ethics. Topics include: basic definitions of “ethics” and of “ethical dilemma,” terms and ideas that make up the acronym POISE, and how to use the POISE tool when making ethical decisions, in the role of mediator. .2 CEUs.
Tuition: $99 (includes $59 in fees*)
Wed Mar 27 6:30PM-8:30PM Gateway Campus XH-114 7760 #6058
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Mediating Property, Finance and Fiscal Future: Marital Property Issues in Divorce

Divorce has many dimensions, some of them financial. This course is for mediators who want to help spouses contemplating separation and divorce discuss financial issues and distribution of marital property. Topics include Maryland law on spousal support and marital property, distribution of assets, tax consequences, ethical issues, special topics, and relevant mediation skills. Class format: small group exercises, discussions, simulations, video, and lecture. Successful course completion satisfies training requirements regarding marital property issues under Maryland Judicial Rule 17-104(d). Instructor Barbara Blake Williams has a private practice in mediation. She is the past president of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and an assessor member of its Certification Committee. She subscribes to the Maryland Program on Mediator Excellence and is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Refund policy does not apply. Register by Jan. 10 for a $50 Early Bird Tuition Discount.

Tuition: $690 (includes $590 in fees*)
Sat & Sun (See Sun times below) Feb 23-Mar 03 9AM-4:30PM Gateway Campus XH-108 7758 #6054
*This class meets 12:30pm-4:15pm on Sundays. Please call 443-518-4972 if you have questions about meeting dates/times.
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Paralegal Certificate Program

Earn a Continuing Education Certificate of Completion for Professional Development. Discover what it takes to start a paralegal career. Students will discuss legal terminology, analysis, briefs, and explore contract law. This introductory level course does not fill any prerequisites for certification. After you register, please create an online account at This is where you will access the course. For more information, please call 443-518-4680.

Tuition: $180 (includes $140 in fees*)
Nov 14-Dec 21   Online XO-304 4466 #3545
Jan 16-Feb 22   Online XO-304 4631 #5717
Feb 13-Mar 22   Online XO-304 4632 #5718
Mar 13-Apr 19   Online XO-304 4633 #5719
Apr 17-May 24   Online XO-304 4750 #5873
May 15-Jun 21   Online XO-304 4751 #5874
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