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The JDRDC Mediation Program to Offer Family Mediation Classes

Friday, November 22, 2019  
Posted by: Shonari James
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The JDRDC Mediation Program will be offering the classes required to become a Virginia state certified Family Mediator. The 20 hour Basic Mediation and the 20 hour Family Mediation classes will be conducted over the course of two weekends and the total cost for both trainings is $600.00. The required 8 hour Domestic Violence training will be conducted on a third weekend and will cost $150.00 We have a limited number of spaces available. The classes will be held as follows:


Basic Mediation


  • Friday February 7th  from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 8th from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 9th from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm

             Alternative Snow Dates:


  • Friday February 28th  from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 29th  from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 1st,  from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm

Family Mediation


  • Friday, March 27th  from 5:00 until 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 28th  from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 29th  from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm

The final required class, the 8 hour Domestic Violence class, will be offered  Saturday, May 2nd from 8:30 until 5:00 pm.


The state certification process mandates that you must have 20 hours of training each for Basic and Family mediation and 8 hours in Domestic Violence. We have built in a half hour for lunch for the Saturday and Sunday trainings and ask everyone to bring a lunch and drinks so that we can eat and resume the training within a half hour. The classes will be held in the Admin Training room 201.1 on the second floor of the Courthouse.


After completion of the course work the state requires that prospective mediators observe two family mediations and complete a minimum of five co-mediations with a total of 15 hours mediation, with a state certified mentor-mediator. The mentee mediators will be able to complete their two observations and required co-mediations within the JDRDC program at an additional cost of $100.00 per co-mediation. 


To register, contact Colleen Cramer by email at or by phone at 703.246.2584

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