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Mediation Part B - Education Disputes

Mediation Part B - Education Disputes
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This workshop builds on the Massey University NZLS CLE workshop Mediation for Lawyers Part A which provided the opportunity to understand the process of mediation and to learn to think like a mediator. It provides further opportunity to observe a mediation in a particular field, to dissect it and to practise mediation skills on specific situations in the education sector. Finally participants will be involved in a moderated assessment exercise – where they will go on learning but also be the mediator whose performance is being assessed. The assessment, carried out by an experienced mediator, involves reflection and a written report.

Learning objectives

You will be able to:

  • Recognise how to apply appropriate mediation strategies to assist parties toward resolution.
  • Identify the principles and frameworks of education dispute resolution.
  • Recognise how to apply techniques to handle emotion, manage power imbalance and to break impasse.
  • Practise mediation in a safe environment, with feedback.
  • Identify, through reflection, your strengths and areas for improvement in your mediation practice exercise. 

Who should attend 

This course is for those who have attended the Mediation for Lawyers Part A (or can demonstrate equivalent learning) and who wish to:
  • Increase their experience and understanding of dispute resolution in the education sector
  • Add education mediation to their legal practice
  • Attain a Massey University and NZLS CLE Certificate of Achievement.


This workshop runs from Friday evening until 5.00pm on Sunday. For the first two days a range of techniques will be used to demonstrate, discuss and practise skills. The Sunday will be almost entirely taken up with assessment exercises. Registrants must be present for the whole day. Places are strictly limited.


Before the workshop you will be sent, for prior review, the course materials which include a folder, and the text Mediation Skills and Strategies. All participants also need to be thoroughly conversant with the coverage from the Part A workshop and the course text Mediation: Principles, Process and Practice. If you have been exempt from Part A you must be familiar with the course text and earlier materials. Please tick the boxes on the registration below, as required.


  • Day 1: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
  • Day 2: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Day 3: 8.30am – 4.30pm


  • Virginia Goldblatt
  • David Patten

Fee (incl GST)


  • $2,450 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $2,650 - Non-members
  • $109 - Mediation: Principles, Process and Practice
  • $46 - Readings for Mediation for Lawyers - Part A

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.  Applications for assistance must be received by 5pm Friday 21 July Late applications cannot be considered.

Please note: You must still register to attend this course, either online or by completing a registration form.

Download a Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust application form (123KB).

View full brochure and registration details here
Wellington 25 - 27 August

Cancellation and refund policy

Please note: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Registrations close 10 working days before the presentation date (the closing date). NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to cancel any session that does not reach the budgeted minimum number of registrations. This decision will be made on the closing date and a full refund will be made to each registrant of the cancelled session. If you cancel your registration before the closing date, a refund will be made, less a $100 administration fee. After the closing date, there will be no refund. You may transfer your registration until five working days before the presentation. Please advise NZLS CLE Ltd in writing of the change.

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