Training Courses

CEDR (Mediation)

CPR has joined forces with CEDR to offer joint CPR/CEDR Advanced Mediation Skills Training leading to CEDR international accreditation.  This training is offered on regular basis and listed under Upcoming Events

In addition, CPR members and Distinguished Neutrals receive a 10% discount on the following training courses, which are regularly offered by CEDR at various locations around the world:

Course 1: CEDR Mediator skills training is a five-day program of comprehensive tuition and participation in effective dispute resolution where participants are trained in the skills needed for effective mediation of commercial disputes and assessed for CEDR Accreditation, internationally recognized as the standard of excellence.

Course 2: CEDR has developed a two module program which allows delegates the choice of developing mediation skills specifically focused on employment and workplace conflict and of attaining the internationally recognized CEDR Accreditation.

Contact to receive your 10% discount code.


The following courses are available for presentation at your firm or company. Our training consultants would be happy to discuss your individual requirements and design programs that successfully address your needs.  Prices for programs depend upon your requirements and are always estimated in advance.

CCA (Arbitration)

CPR has teamed with the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) to launch a new and exciting training opportunity for CPR’s corporate members. The program, which will be customized to meet the needs, experience and availability of each internal legal department, will be presented by Fellows of the CCA at the corporate member’s headquarters or other desired location. 

Topics can include:

  • The Role of Corporate Counsel in Commercial Arbitration 
  •  Working with Outside Counsel to Control Commercial Arbitration Costs Without Sacrificing Results 
  • Modifying the Arbitration Agreement to Make Commercial Arbitration Faster and Less Expensive

is an invitation-only non-profit organization of several hundred nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators. Established in 2001, CCA’s goal is to promote the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and practice in the field of commercial arbitration. You may be aware that, in 2010, CCA convened a National Summit on Business to Business Arbitration in Washington, DC, where corporate users, ADR providers (including CPR), outside counsel and arbitrators addressed growing concerns about the increasing costs and delays associated with commercial arbitration. That multi-day workshop resulted in the creation of the seminal CCA Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration, with separate sets of suggestions for each stakeholder group for maximizing efficiencies in the arbitration process. In addition, CCA has produced the third edition of its two-volume Best Practices Guide to Arbitration, which embodies the principles in the Protocols.

CPR Courses

The CPR Institute has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. CPR is a nonprofit organization. Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the nonprofit and public sectors full time. Unless otherwise specified in your confirmation or training description, you may cancel up to five (5) days prior to the scheduled training day to receive a full refund - less a $250 processing fee. After that time, your refund is forfeited. Substitutions are freely accepted (i.e., you can send someone else from your organization as a substitute). CPR reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment.


ADR Drafting and Counselling

Master Drafting Program — CLE Credits: 2 Skills 5 Ethics

This is a 3-hour program that uses CPR's Master Guide: Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses (2006). This course is targeted to the needs of those who must draft or interpret dispute resolution clauses. Actual multi-step clauses used by over 20 leading corporations and model clauses developed by CPR provide the foundation for this intensive how-to primer on this critical aspect of the ADR practice. Maximum Class Size: 30


Master Arbitrator Training Program-Lawyers Only — CLE Credits: 12 Skills


This is a two and a half-day accelerated arbitrator training program featuring trainers from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CPR Distinguished Neutrals. Successful completion leads to CIArb Fellow status.

Conflict Management

Strategic Considerations in Mediation and Arbitration — CLE Credits: 1.5 Skills

This 1.5 hour program provides an overview of various dispute resolution alternatives and the choices inherent in each.


Excellence in Employment Practices — CLE Credits: 2 Skills

This is a 1-1/2-hour program for in-house lawyers and business persons or their outside counsel who advise companies on avoiding and resolving employment disputes. This course utilizes the Institute publication Employment Best Practices, which includes examples of effective practices among a broad range of leading corporations. In addition, the course reviews the procedures and case law underlining the CPR Program for the Resolution of Employment Disputes (2004). 


Excellence in ADR Ethics — CLE Credits: 3 Ethics

This is a 3-hour program for lawyers and neutrals involved in mediation and/or arbitration. The course encompasses the latest developments in ethical issues for lawyer-representatives, arbitrators and mediators. It will assess through lecture and hypotheticals the impact of the Uniform Mediation Act and recent arbitrator code revisions, as well as provide guidance concerning conflicts of interest. (Includes 20 copies of ADR Ethics Reference Manual). 

Note: A 1-hour abridged version of this course is also available.


Advanced Mediator Training — CLE Credits: 6 Skills .5 Ethics

This one-day program focuses on developing particular skills that enhance problem-solving, address positional bargaining over money, and overcome impasse in mediation. It is available to those who have completed CPR's two-day Mediator Techniques and Practices Program. A ratio of 12 mediators to one trainer is required for this intensive workshop.

Court Mediator Training — CLE Credits: 17 Skills 1 Ethics

This intensive two-day program, presented in conjunction with courts, prepares lawyers to serve as mediators in federal and state court ADR programs. This course covers the interface with judicial and administrative personnel and the special ethics requirements of court-appointed mediators as well as fundamental mediator skills, strategies and techniques. A ratio of 12 potential mediators to one trainer is maintained in this intensive workshop.

Effective Mediation Representation for Counsel & Parties — CLE Credits: 6 Skills .5 Ethics

This intensive one-day program is for experienced ADR practitioners and clients. This course focuses on the keys to effective mediation representation with particular emphasis on client preparation and effective strategies before and during mediation.

Effective Mediation with Unwilling Parties — CLE Credits: 1.5 Skills

This 1.5 hour program focuses on techniques and strategies for getting unwilling parties into mediation and reaching a negotiated result even though it is the last thing they want to do.

Enhancing Approaches to Mediation for Lawyers Representing Clients — CLE Credits: 1.5 Skills

This 1-1/2 hour presentation focuses on ways to encourage use of mediation and highlights key strategies that advocates can use to enhance client representation before and during mediation.

In-House Mediator Training — CLE Credits: 15 Skills 1 Ethics

This program, which is equivalent to Mediator Techniques and Practices, is offered to companies wishing to train personnel to perform in-house mediation roles in areas such as consumer and employment disputes. Such programs are conducted on site for ease of personnel and to conserve travel expenses. A ratio of 12 potential mediators to one trainer is maintained in this intensive workshop.

Individual Mediator Techniques & Practices — CLE Credits: 15 Skills 1 Ethics

This two-day program, offered in conjunction with CPR's Annual Meetings, prepares lawyers to act as effective mediators. This course delineates the range of skills required of successful mediators, offers proven practical techniques, addresses ethics issues and considers innovative ways to overcome impasse. A ratio of 12 potential mediators to one trainer is maintained in this intensive workshop.

Preparing Your Client for Effective Mediation Participation — CLE Credits: 3 Skills

Clients can play a seminal role in mediation's search for solutions. Preparing the client regarding the potential scope of mediation, negotiation strategy, and tips to deal with difficult opponents can complement more traditional preparation. This program will explore the preparation features in the context of differing dispute types.

Presenting Effective Opening Statements in Mediation — CLE Credits: 3 Skills

In a hands-on interactive format explore effective options in presenting opening statements in mediation and understand the tools that can minimize resistance to effective problem-solving dialog and settlement.

Structuring Negotiation Strategy in Mediation — CLE Credits: 3 Skills

The heart of mediation is the negotiation dynamic between the opposing parties and counsel that is facilitated by the mediator. This program offers a bird's eye view of distributive and collaborative negotiation techniques and offers participants an opportunity to apply these strategies in a negotiation of a business dispute. Discussion will follow on how the presence of a mediator changes the negotiating dynamic.

Understanding Mediator's Impasse Breaking Devices — CLE Credits: 3 Skills

Partnering with a mediator to bring about effective settlements can be enhanced by appreciating the variety of devices mediators use in overcoming impasse. Using vignettes, participants will focus on a variety of devices, their benefits and drawbacks, to be better prepared to suggest their use and participate effectively in their application.

Using Storytelling to Break Impasse in Negotiation and Mediation — CLE Credits: 3 Skills (Half Day); 6 Skills (Full Day) Skills

Storytelling is a core competency for lawyers and mediators – but most don’t know how to tell stories effectively.  Drawing on the instructor’s experiences as an attorney, arbitrator, mediator, special master, educator and frequent contributor to The Moth StorySlams, this half or full day hands-on, interactive program will teach participants how to use stories to persuade factfinders, clients and opposing counsel; build consensus when dealing with difficult people and complex dynamics; and utilize negative and positive human emotion to break negotiation and mediation impasse.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skill set during the training.


Interest-Based Negotiation Workshop — CLE Credits: 8 Skills

This intensive one-day program illustrates the differences between positional and interest-based bargaining. Equally suitable for lawyers, clients or business persons, the course highlights the tensions in negotiation and stresses the skills that foster problem-solving approaches while assuring viable negotiated outcomes.