Mediator/Facilitator Training 2018: Mediation and Facilitation in the IEP Environment

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Session Dates

Wednesday June 06, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday June 07, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Hearing Officer Brian Ford, Esq. will provide an overview of case law used in due process decisions on topics including: meaningful progress, eligibility, Section 504, and Pa. Code 22, Chapter 16. These and other topics frequently at the center of a special education dispute will be discussed.

Nicholas Martin will provide two training events, one oriented towards Pennsylvania´s special education mediators (the mediation training) and another oriented towards Pennsylvania´s special education facilitators (the facilitation training). The mediation training will address: Pennsylvania’s IEP-related conflict indicators and trends, mediator ethics and code of conduct, 19 specific strategies for conflict intervention, and dealing with impasse. The facilitation training will address: the roles and intervention styles of the facilitator, critical junctures for intervention, preparing for the meeting in advance, stage-setting at the start of an IEP meeting, and working with advocates and attorneys.


  • At the conclusion of the mediation training, participants will recognize Pennsylvania´s special education dispute indicators and trends, utilize specific alternatives for dealing with impasse, and appropriately respond to conflicts of interest.
  • At the conclusion of the facilitation training, participants will recognize and implement best practices for supporting IEP team collaboration, conflict intervention, and consensus-building among IEP team members.

Target Audience

ODR Mediators and Facilitators

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Continuing Legal Education credit (CLE)
No credit


Brian Jason Ford, Esq.; Nicholas R. M. Martin

Event Contact:


Heather Doyle