October – 2020
TRAINING IS FULL , WAIT LIST FOR 2021 STARTING- 16-hour Agricultural Mediation Training ONLINE

Interested in becoming an agricultural mediator? The Maine Agricultural Mediation Program (MAMP) offers mediators the opportunity to co-mediate a wide range of possible issues on farms or involving farmers.  This 16-hour training will introduce you to the range of topics covered by agricultural mediation. It includes multiple guest speakers and daily opportunities to practice and role play the types of conflicts and issues that arise on farms and within the agricultural community.

DATES: Sessions will be held online October 13, 15, and 20, 22 (TUES/THUR for two consecutive weeks), 9am-1pm. TRAINING IS FULL, WAIT LIST FOR 2021 STARTING

FEE: $0 – THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND. PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 6, 2020. This training is generously funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, Maine Agricultural Mediation Program.


Multiple presenters will meet with you over the four training sessions from the USDA, FSA, Land for Good, MOFGA, Cooperative Extension, Family and Community Mediation, and many more! The sessions will be facilitated by Leslie Forstadt from University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the MAMP, and Karen Groat from Family and Community Mediation and the MAMP.

Sign up Today! Enrollment Information:

Dates: October 13, 15, 20, 22
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: ONLINE
Fee: $0, deadline October 6, 2020


Register online by sending an email here.

For more information contact Leslie Forstadt at or Karen Groat at or

September – 2020
THIS TRAINING IS FULL 40-hour Basic Mediation Training ONLINE

Interested in becoming a mediator? Enhancing your conflict resolution/management skills? Or, learning how to assist others in resolving their conflict-related issues? If yes, plan to attend this 5-day hands-on highly interactive practical training. Demonstrations, discussions, exercises, videos, and role-play practice with mediation scenarios are central features of this training in addition to minilectures. It will focus on both the facilitative and transformative orientation models. Guest mediator coaches will provide additional guidance and experience in your learning.

DATES: Sessions will be held September 16, 17 (WED/THURS) and September 22, 23, 24 (TUES/WED/THURS) and September 29, 30 (TUES/WED) 2020, 8:30 AM-3 PM.


CREDIT FEE: For Maine CLE credit, please add an additional $35 to registration fee

You will learn:

  • Conflict theory and stress response
  • Theories and practice of mediation — both facilitative and transformative orientations
  • Screening for mediation appropriateness
  • Ways to build and enhance client rapport
  • Effective interventions and practice
  • The impact of mediator influence and bias
  • Standards of mediator practice and ethics
  • The professional limitations of mediation practice

Learn new skills, understand how to apply them to your life and to a mediation practice by taking this training. Past participants report an amazing shift in the way they talk, listen and problem solve — at work and in their family life. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, a commonly accepted state and national standard. Note: Participants are expected to attend all training sessions to receive a certificate.


KAREN GROAT, Director of Family and Community Mediation, has worked with mediators, families, communities and outside organizations for over 18 years, specializing in complex family conflict and systems in more than 3500 mediations. An experienced Transformative Mediation trainer and communication coach, she also provides private and court-related mediation and training and is on the Maine Association of Mediators Board of Governors. FCM has expanded statewide in partnership with MAMP to serve Maine’s agriculture and rural communities.

LEAH BOYD is mediator, facilitator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She is co-owner of Clarity Services, LLC offering communication-related services to a variety of organizations as well as individuals. Since 2010 Leah has mediated for private clients, as well as the Maine District Court and the Department of Education.

Karen and Leah will be joined by other professionals in the mediation field with experience in a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices.

Hosted by Family & Community Mediation. Co-sponsored by Kids First Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Sign up Today! Enrollment Information:

Dates: September 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24 and 29,30
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: ONLINE
Fee: $900, $785 Early Bird rate if registered by August 1, 2020

Credit: Maine CLE available; *For CLE credit add an additional $35 to registration fee


Register online here.

Register by check: Make check payable to “Family and Community Mediation”

Family and Community Mediation c/o Karen Groat
190 US Rte. One #259
Falmouth, ME 04105

For more information contact Karen Groat at or