Mediation Training Schedule and Fees


The Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc. Fall Basic Mediation Training 2018
Thursday, November 29th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Trainers: Jenny Besch, Former Director of the Westchester & Rockland Mediation Centers; Tajae Gaynor, Current Director of the Westchester & Rockland Mediation Centers; Anthony DiCaprio, Mediator, Esq., DiCaprio Mediation Group
The training will be conducted in Yonkers, New York
(Yonkers Riverfront Library, One Larkin Center, in the Yonkers Room)
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
If you wish to apply for our Trainings please fill out the form here.
Payment by credit card available upon request.


About the Training
Our Basic Mediation Training is a comprehensive 35 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.


Trainers: Jenny Besch, Tajae Gaynor and Anthony DiCaprio (Bio)

Jenny Besch, Former Director of the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc. from 1998 through 2016, is a certified mediator and State Certified Trainer with advanced training in community mediation, parent-child mediation, custody-visitation mediation, divorce mediation, child permanency mediation, lemon law arbitration, employment discrimination mediation, victim offender mediation and restorative justice group conferencing. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where she also did her undergraduate work. She is co-author of Parenting through Divorce: A Collaborative Negotiation, a training designed to assist parents and children adjust to their changing circumstances. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, as well as EPIC, a noted parent effectiveness training and service organization. Since her arrival, WRMC’s programming expanded dramatically to include new Custody/Visitation Mediation, PINS Mediation and Restorative Justice Group Conferencing. In addition to her work at WRMC, Jenny is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in their graduate program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, where she teaches Advanced Mediation.


Tajae Gaynor is the current Director of the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers of CLUSTER, Inc. He developed a passion for Conflict Resolution over 20 years ago as a Junior High School peer mediator. Tajae earned his undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of criminal justice. Year after year, he works with hundreds of young people and adults teaching Conflict Resolution and mediation skills. His commitment to teaching violence prevention has earned him national recognition from the Democratic Congressional leadership in 1999. In 2004, Tajae was honored with the James Boskey Award for outstanding youth leadership from the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR). He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACR National and was appointed as the first Diversity and Equity Director in the Organizations History.


Anthony DiCaprio is a recognized mediator and negotiator. With more than three decades of experience, Anthony has negotiated or mediated settlements in a wide range of cases including high profile international corporate matters, international and domestic human rights and business claims, and FLSA, employment, civil rights and complex tort cases. In addition to his private mediation practice, Anthony devotes substantial time mediating public interest and community disputes as well as writing about and training mediation and negotiation skills. Affiliations and Experience: U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (SDNY) & New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division mediation panels, SDNY Mediation Advisory Committee (2016-2018), SDNY Mediator Evaluator and Trainer, Adjunct Professor CUNY Law School Mediation Clinic (2016, 2017), CUNY Law School Mediation Seminar Instructor (2018), NYC Bar Association Basic Mediation program mediator trainer and evaluator, Westchester & Rockland County Mediation Center mediator trainer and evaluator, NYC Department of Human Rights trainer. Practice Areas: International and domestic business & commercial disputes, Real estate disputes, Sexual harassment, wrongful arrest, First Amendment and other civil rights claims, Race, gender, and ADA employment claims, FLSA claims, Complex tort claims, Community disputes. Anthony received his LL.M. from Columbia University Law School, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, and his B.A. from St. Lawrence University.


Location and Dates: The training will take place in Yonkers, New York on November 29th, November 30th and December 1st and December 7th and December 8th.


Fees: The cost of the program is $900.00. Payment is to be made in full upon registration.  If you register by September 29, 2018, you will qualify for the Early Bird Special at a $50.00 discount. 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. Limited scholarships are available based on economic need. Materials, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on all days.


Continuing Education Credit: CLE credits will be made available


Apprenticeship: Completion of this training allows you to be eligible for our invitation only 16 week apprenticeship program mediating in small claims court throughout Westchester and Rockland. More information about the apprenticeship will be given during the training.
We also welcome your direct contact by email or by phone:
Phone: 914-963-6500, Ext. 201