Mediation Training Schedule and Fees


The Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc. Spring Basic Mediation Training 2019
Monday, May 6th, 2019  through Thursday, May 9th, 2019
from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Trainer: Sequoia Stalder, Esq.
The training will be conducted in Yonkers, New York
at the Office of Youth Theatre Interactions - 92 Main Street, Yonkers, NY  10701
This training is approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs
(Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster)
The cost of the program is $900
Limited needs based scholarships are available
For further information, or to register for the program, please visit our website at:
Payment by credit card available upon request.


About the Training
Our Basic Mediation Training is a comprehensive 30 hour training designed in compliance with the guidelines established by the Unified Court System Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs. It is a blend of presentational material and experiential learning opportunities. Upon completion of the training, participants will have a working knowledge of the mediation process and its various applications both in and out of the Court system.
About the Center
The Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers operate under the auspices of the Unified Court System, Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs. We provide Mediation Services and related Trainings in a variety of areas including Community Dispute Resolution, Divorce, Custody and Visitation, Workplace, Restorative Justice, School Peer Mediation, Child Permanency Mediation, Special Education Mediation and Eviction Prevention. With offices in Yonkers and Nyack we assist over 3,000 individuals annually by mediating, conciliating or referring them to more appropriate services.

Trainer: Sequoia Stalder is a mediator and attorney with over a decade of experience mediating complex and high-conflict cases.  Having mediated over a thousand cases, he has dedicated his career to the non-adversarial resolution of conflict and is a recognized expert in the mediation and conflict management field.  Sequoia’s approach focuses on the interpersonal dimensions of conflict and the key role that communication dynamics and ongoing relationships play in mitigating and resolving disputes.  Central to Sequoia’s work is the use of increased understanding and improved communication as the core of the mediation and facilitation processes. His approach emphasizes party empowerment and support rather than coercion or threat as the primary drivers of conflict resolution.

With this approach as his backdrop, Sequoia founded Stalder Mediation to provide mediation and group facilitation services, as well as mediation and conflict resolution trainings.  Sequoia specializes in workplace and family & divorce mediation.

In addition to his private practice, Sequoia regularly lectures and teaches in academic and public settings. He is an Adjunct Professor of negotiation and mediation at both Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) and Columbia’s Master’s Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR).  Additionally, Sequoia is one of the most sought-after mediation trainers in New York State, and his introductory and advanced mediation trainings are certified by the New York Courts to qualify judges, lawyers, therapists and other professionals to serve as court-referred mediators.  Sequoia has trained and counseled thousands of professionals in mediation and conflict management techniques.

Sequoia also holds the positions of Senior Director of Conflict Resolution Services and Senior Director of the Mediation Training Institute at New York Center for Interpersonal Development, a New York State Court-designated Mediation Center.  In these roles, he guides over 50 full-time staff and volunteer mediators and oversees all mediation programs and trainings, with an annual caseload of approximately 850 cases and 2500 case screenings.  Sequoia created and implemented the Richmond County Supreme Court Matrimonial Part Divorce Mediation Program and continues to oversee this program as part of his work with New York Center.  Sequoia also served as a member of the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Courts.


Location and Dates: The training will take place in Yonkers, New York on May 6, 2019 through May 9, 2019.

Fees: The cost of the program is $900.00. Payment is to be made in full upon registration.  Your space in the training will not be guaranteed without full payment or other payment arrangements being made. Upon completing the registration form you will be taken to a page where you may pay by credit card via PayPal. Your registration is not complete and your space will not be guaranteed until full payment is made. We currently accept checks and credit cards via PayPal. Please email to pay by check.  If you experience any challenges with our website, feel free to contact Kathy Bartels at 914-963-6500, ext. #201 and she will assist you with the registration process.  Limited scholarships are available based on economic need. Materials, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on all days.

Apprenticeship: Completion of this training allows you to be eligible for our invitation only  apprenticeship programs mediating in small claims court throughout Westchester and Rockland or Surrogates Court in Westchester County.  More information about the apprenticeship will be given during the training.

Contact and Registration: For further information, or to register for the program, please visit our website at:

We also welcome your direct contact by email or by phone:
Phone: 914-963-6500, Ext. #201