The Conflict Lab provides trainings to the public, organizations and corporations in conflict and mediation skills.

These courses can be custom made for your organization, or you may choose from our standard trainings: We often recommend short trainings over a period of time compared to “one and done” trainings. This is especially true when you are wanting to spur a change in behavior.

40 Hour Basic Mediation Training

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The Conflict Lab’s basic 40 hour mediation training is presented by Selina Shultz and Bernie Behrend. In addition to comprehensive mediation skills, the training provides an overview of negotiation and conflict theory, Participants are encouraged to develop their own mediation style based on their individual strengths and practice areas. The training includes the sixteen hours of role plays required by the Federal Court ADR program. The course also meets the requirements of CLASP and other court sponsored programs. Course sizes are kept small to allow for individual attention during role plays. This Basic 40 Hour Mediation Training course will be completed over the course of two sessions

  • September: Session 1: September 11, 12 & 13 2024 8AM-4PM; Session 2: September 28 & 29, 2024 8AM-4PM.

TRAINING Flyer Fall 2024

Contact us to reserve your seat for Fall 2024. A $500 deposit shall guarantee a spot. Classroom size is limited. To reserve a guaranteed space you may provide a deposit. Members of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania Council of Mediators will receive 10% off. To register or to make inquiries, please email us at [email protected].



An Empowering Leadership Retreat for Women 

Fall 2024 Emerge in Pittsburgh – October 16, 17, 18 

Twice a year, Selina Shultz and Laura Grisolano curate a group of women for a guided, intensive coaching program to unlock and leverage your inner wisdom so you can lead a more authentic personal and professional life.

All inclusive Retreat Program includes Breakfast and Lunch each day.
Overnight lodging is available at the charming neighborhood boutique hotel,
TRYP Pittsburgh, with a special Emerge rate.

This retreat is by invitation or application only. To apply for this opportunity please contact:

[email protected]

For more information, please click on the link below.

2024 Emerge Retreat

Advanced Mediation

We are available to teach a number of advanced mediation offerings including, Decision Making in Conflict, Informing Your Practice with Neuroscience Research, Apology and Forgiveness, Mindfulness for Mediators, and Advanced Family Mediation.

Conflict & You™

This two hour training developed by Next Element Consulting provides clear easy guidance on how to stop going into unnecessary drama and start struggling “with” others instead of “against” them to resolve conflicts with Compassionate Accountability™. It provides your team or organization with easy to apply tools and a common language for navigating conflict without energy zapping drama. The training includes the Drama Resilience Assessment™, which helps people understand how they slip into drama and their natural strengths to use to stay out of it. This course can be taught to a group or individuals can attend one of our quarterly trainings held at The Lab for the cost of $250. Attending one of the quarterly trainings is a nice way to know if this training is right for your organization.

Please join us on July 26th from 10:00AM – 12:00PM.

Conflict and You Training (3)

Mindfulness Practices

The research is overwhelming that developing a consistent mindfulness practice helps individuals and groups have better focus, make better decisions, show more empathy, and be better listeners. A Mindfulness Practice increases the strength of your prefrontal cortex used in deliberate, System 2 Thinking. We can do trainings at The Lab or in-house to help your team develop an ongoing practice. We promise you will feel and see results.

Some of our other courses include:

Decision Making
(more specific course also done for lawyers)

Soft Skills
(more specific course also done for lawyers)

Better Use of Email

Conflict De-Escalation

How Women and Men Can Work Better Together

How Different Generations Can Work Better Together

Women’s Leadership – Becoming a Leader in Your Own Life

Creating a Growth Environment

We often customize our trainings for their specific audience based on what our client’s needs are and work with our Co”Lab”orators to make sure you have the right trainers.

Use Our Trainings to Help Elevate Your Thinking

Contact us to learn more about developing individual and team skills.

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