Advanced Mediation Skills Course


Advanced Mediation Course

The Advanced Mediation course is designed for dispute resolution professionals who are intent on taking their skills and practice to the next level. This course is organized around a real world, multi-party mediation, deconstructs the mediation process into nine modules, with guidance and expertise from industry pioneers.

Learn to appreciate and embrace the unique challenges presented by complex cases…and how to plan for and turn them to your advantage.

Includes a one hour post-course consultation with Bruce Edwards

Become an Expert Mediator:

  • Learn the subtle skills that separate an expert mediator from a beginner
  • Tailor your approach to meet the specific needs of each mediation scenario
  • Develop an advanced understanding of the mediator’s role at each stage of the mediation process… and how to use that to your advantage
  • Understand how to develop the purposeful habits of mediation known as the “Mediators Mind®”
  • Appreciate and embrace the unique challenges presented by complex cases… and how to plan for and turn them to your advantage

How we teach:

  • We want you to learn advanced mediation techniques the right way… and that’s not through a textbook
  • Shadow (virtually) a 5 party, complex wrongful death mediation, observe the skills & techniques used by the mediator and, importantly, their impact on the mediation process
  • Hear from the most experienced commercial mediators in the country – learn from their experience

What you'll learn:

  • Learn how to promote more effective interactions through the skill of “active” listening
  • Understand the vital role emotions play in conflict… and how to successfully navigate a high-emotion environment
  • Develop your professional “toolbox” of responses for use during an opening session … and maintain control of the room
  • Master the latest techniques for encouraging flexibility among parties… and promoting innovation throughout the negotiation process
  • Understand the complexities of insurance in mediation… and how to use that knowledge to affect a successful outcome
  • Learn the prerequisite steps needed to ensure the enforceability of a durable agreement among parties
  • Gain access to advanced mediation solutions that provide comprehensive and customized approaches to conflict resolution
  • Receive valuable information and resources to enhance your mediation practice                                                         …and much more.
Purchase your course and learn mediation in a whole new way!

Bruce A. Edwards

Bruce is one of the pioneers in developing mediation to resolve commercial disputes in the United States. He has been a professional mediator since 1986 and has mediated over 8000 disputes. Bruce was a co-founder and former chairman of the board of directors of JAMS. In 2023 he joined Signature Resolution to continue his mediation practice while pursuing his passion for delivering high-quality mediation training through Edwards Mediation AcademyBruce has consistently received recognition for his work as a mediator, most recently being accepted into the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in ADR by ADR Times 2022; once again recognized as a Best Lawyer in the ADR category by Best Lawyers® 2022 and recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader and Mediator in the US by Who’s Who Legal, 2023.


Advanced Mediation Skills Course - Instructors

Eric D. Green
John Bates
Daniel Bowling
Dana Curtis
Gerald Hüther
Michael Lewis
Hon. Harry Low
Janet Martinez
Nina Meierding
Mario Patera
Peter Robinson
Hon. Danny Weinstein
Chuck Numbers
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield
Vivien Williamson

Advanced Mediation Skills Course - CLE Approved Credits

This course has been approved by the California Bar Association for 35.75 hours, including 2 hours of Legal Ethics.  

Our courses have also been approved and/or granted reciprocal approval with the California Bar in many other states.  If you’re from a different state and have questions about CLEs, then please contact us.

After completing the course, you’ll receive a print-ready certificate from Edwards Mediation Academy for a 45-hour course.


Edwards Mediation Academy - Course Discounts

We offer discounts to students, military, qualifying groups or business organizations, and existing EMA members. Please contact us for more information.