Mediation Training Schedule and Fees



The Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc. Winter Basic Mediation Training 2019/2020
Sunday, January 19th, 2020  through Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Trainer: Sequoia Stalder, Esq.


Thank you for your interest in the Basic Mediation Training scheduled for Sunday, January 19th 2020 through Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020.  At this time we have reached capacity and registration at this point is NOT guaranteed.  Should you decide to continue with registration, your application will be reviewed on a first come waiting list.  For additional information, please call Kathy Bartels at (914) 963-6500 ext.#201
The training will be conducted in West Nyack, New York
at the Palisades Mall, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, Adler Community Room, West Nyack, New York 10994
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 free to participants who will serve on our volunteer roster and Rockland Family Court Staff
* There will be a $25.00 per person materials cost
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. He is the founder of Stalder Mediation, a mediation firm serving clients in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Sequoia specializes in family & divorce mediation, business and workplace mediation, and organizational conflict consulting.

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 Masters Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR). Sequoia also serves on the training faculty for the Center for Understanding in Conflict.

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 (NYCID), the New York State Court-designated Mediation Center for Richmond County. 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. He previously served as a member of the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee for the New York State Courts.

For more information about Sequoia’s practice and trainings, please visit and, or call (917) 580-225

Location and Dates: The training will take place in West Nyack, New York at the Palisades Mall on January 19, 2020 through January 22, 2020.

Fees: The program is free of charge. Please email or 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.
* There will be a $25.00 per person materials cost

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. Registration and interview with Center staff is needed.

Contact and Registration: To register for the program, you should submit the web based form here

 We also welcome your direct contact by email or by phone:

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 Phone: 845-512-8730 or 914-963-6500, ext. #201