Mediation and Conflict Resolution Trainings

TheAlternativeGroup provides trainings to the public, organizations and corporations in conflict management and mediation skills.


Upcoming Pennsylvania Trainings:


40 Hour Basic Mediation Training


The Alternative Group's basic mediation training is presented in conjunction with Behrend Mediation Services.  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.


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Pittsburgh, PA


This Basic 40 Hour Mediation Training course will be completed over the course of two sessions


Fall 2018: November 1, 2, 3, 15 & 16 (8am-4pm)



5167 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.
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 or contact Ian Mokel at 412.391.7733.



Pittsburgh Advanced Training


Bernie and Selina are currently planning a day long advanced mediation training for experienced mediators.  More information to follow shortly.  You can email your interest to


Upcoming National Trainings:


Pepperdine Professional Skills Program: Advanced Decision Making for Attorneys and Neutrals


Basic Mediation Training UNLV




Selina Shultz, Esq., LL.M.Bernie Behrend, Esq.


Recent Pennsylvania Trainings:

  • Creating a Thinking Environment in Mediation
  • The Psychology of Conflict from Theory to Practice
  • The Mediator's Toolbox
  • Basic 40 Hour Certification Training
  • Dealing Effectively with the Stages of Grief in Mediation
  • Apology and Forgiveness
  • Basics of Employee Dispute Resolutions Systems
  • Westmoreland County 40 Hour Basic Family Mediation Training through The Pittsburgh Mediation Group
  • PBI Family Law Section Winter Meeting ADR Panel
  • Philadelphia Family Law Institute ADR Panel
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators Townhall
  • AMG Research Team Building and Conflict Management Skills
  • FedEx Mediation Skills Course

Recent National Trainings:

  • Association for Conflict Resolution 2012 Annual Conference New Orleans, LA
  • Association for Conflict Resolution 2013 Annual Conference Minneapolis, MN
  • University of Las Vegas School of Law CLE Course
  • Pepperdine University Mediation Course
  • Nevada OSHA Mediation Skills Course


Let us know if you would like more information on creating a customized training for your group or organization by clicking here.





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Selina Shultz is an outstanding mediation instructor.  She educates through illustration and example and does an amazing job of turning a large diverse class into trained mediators.  It isn’t easy teaching lawyers a new way of thinking, but Selina does it with persuasion, example and a great deal of enthusiasm.  The feedback she provides to students for her students’ practice mediations is well thought out and very helpful.  She is particularly good at acknowledging different points of view and style, so that students can consider what works best for their own personalities and also for the wide variety of circumstances and individuals one meets in mediations.  Selina is truly one of the best educators I have ever encountered.


-Mary Austin, Former In-House Counsel for Large Hospital


PITTSBURGH (Headquarters)

Suite 500 Benedum-Trees Building

223 4th Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

(412) 391-7733



27 N Wacker Drive, Suite 403

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 267-2920, press 1



2009 Mackenzie Way #100,

Cranberry Townshipp, PA 16066

(412) 391-7733



To explore our other non-legal conflict resolution and organizational development services, please visit our affiliate CoralBridge Partners.