Special Education Mediation Certificate Program

Become a CRT-Certified Special Education Mediator today

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) entitles children with certain disabilities to a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living and to ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected. The goal of IDEA is to teach qualified children the least-restrictive environment in which they can further their learning and development.

However, schools and parents don’t always agree on the best course of action for a child. Special education mediators help parents and schools resolve these disputes in a manner that best serves the child’s needs. 

CRT-Certified mediators understand the language of Special Education and the IEP process. In addition, they are trained in conflict resolution and facilitation techniques, which bring neutrality, fresh ideas and new approaches to the table when conflict arises, benefiting students, schools, and parents. 

Special Education Mediation Certificate

Conflict Resolution Training offers a Special Education Mediation Certificate to individuals interested in assisting with the resolution of IEP disputes. This Certificate Program is an online, live, interactive program that prepares participants for successful work as mediators in the Special Education setting. 

Participants learn about the historical development of Special Education Law and discuss relevant and important cases that brought the need for protection of children needing special education services to light. In addition to legal requirements, Conflict Resolution and Facilitation training is incorporated into the Special Education Mediation Certificate  Program, providing CRT-trained mediators with essential, valuable skills that increase the likelihood that they will succeed in resolving disputes when they arise. Participants leave the program with tools and resources that will assist them with resolving cases.

CRT-Certified Special Education Mediators are able to offer mediation services in any state in the United States, not just the state in which they live.

Benefits of Becoming a CRT-Certified Special Education Mediator

When you become a special education mediator, you provide a valuable service to parents, students and school districts. CRT Faculty has expertise in mediation, conflict resolution, interpersonal communications, facilitation and other related disciplines, all of which combine to insure Special Education Certificate Program participants the very best training available. 

Become a CRT-Certified Special Education Mediator Today!

The Special Education Certificate Program is offered in Fall, Winter and Spring.

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FAQ's About Special Education Mediation

 Mediation is assisted negotiation which the parties have voluntarily chosen. The discussion is confidential, allowing people to speak in an unguarded manner, without being concerned about being quoted at a later date. This allows a flexibility in the negotiation process which conflict usually removes. The parties in the mediation self-determine the outcome. What does this mean? You select the process and you are in charge of the outcome.

Mediators seek to interrupt old and unproductive cycles of interaction. One of the mediator’s tasks is to ensure that each person at the table has a full voice and is heard. They pay attention to the comfort level of the participants, providing what is needed for people to be at their best as negotiators. They work to focus the discussion by asking questions and summarizing key points, identifying the issues, framing them carefully. They manage the issues and attend to sequence, timing and development. They facilitate a methodical process for people to move from voicing and revisiting a student’s circumstances to evaluating the usefulness and benefit of possible outcomes. They carefully conduct a process without directing the outcome. Bringing a mediator into the review of a student’s needs changes the way people communicate with each other, changes the process and, as a result, brings new possibilities for outcomes.

Yes. We provide both Online Mediation Services and On-site Mediation Services. The benefits of holding mediation sessions online include (1) the elimination of travel time and travel costs for all attendees; and (2) participation from a comfortable location, which often lessens anxiety.

A mediator should act in a way which doesn’t leave anyone with a perception of bias or unequal attention or treatment. Participants should feel no coercion from the mediator. A mediator should be competent to conduct a process where people can feel comfortable discussing difficult issues which concern them. The mediator should be knowledgeable of federal special education law and regulation, state education law and regulation as well as key case law. This is important to make sure that rights and obligations are fairly represented. Mediation provides some degree of flexibility in a highly regulated area. However, mediated agreements should reflect the guarantees in the framework of law and regulation.

Mediation must be jointly requested by parents and a school district. The earlier it is requested, the better. Continuing to bring the IEP Team back to the table with the same participants, same room, same agenda, same format, bears decreasing returns. Bringing in a mediator introduces a skilled and impartial facilitator to the table. A mediator helps people re-examine their thinking, assumptions and conclusions and encourages fresh thinking.

Why CRT?​

  1. CRT offers the only Special Education Mediation Certificate that provides you with the knowledge you need to mediate cases in any state
  2. Our Special Education mediation training courses are designed for mental health, legal, education and mediation professionals.
  3. CRT-trained Special Education Mediators are ready to begin mediating IEP disputes immediately upon program completion. 

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