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Advanced Coaching and Mediation Practicum

Dealing With Very Difficult Cases

At a Glance

Sharpen and expand your coaching and mediation skills while learning how to handle challenging cases. You'll learn about difficult situations ranging from criminal cases to sexual misconduct in the church.


“This entire training session brought Christ Jesus to the front and center as the true Light in this hurting world.”

Former Student

Who Should Attend?

Sharpen and expand your coaching and mediation skills while learning how to handle challenging cases. You'll learn about difficult situations ranging from criminal cases to sexual misconduct in the church. 

Anyone who has completed foundational training in conflict coaching and mediation can benefit. Course completion will count towards earning the Christian Reconciler™ - Advanced certificate. 


This three-day intense course is packed with new ideas and resources for the Reconciler looking to expand his or her skills. Four ways you will grow in conflict coaching:

  • You will receive three resources to equip you prior to the course:

    • A new Bible study and coaching guide on reconciliation

    • A Bible study and coaching guide for dealing with sexual misconduct

    • A Christian Coaching Guidebook by Life Coach Scott Gress with special insights to hone your coaching skills

  • You will learn about dealing with difficult issues and when to seek additional professionals as co-reconcilers or consultants.

  • You'll receive several new coaching tools:

    • Effective, insightful coaching questions,

    • Easy-to-use Scripture reference tools,

    • A Conflict Coaching Summary card, and

    • Scores of prepared homework lessons.

“I saw in a fresh way that it is God's Word that brings about healing. The professional training and materials, the supportive staff and warm/encouraging fellowship with like students has caused me to seek even more AoR equipping! PTL!”

A Former Participant

Two NEW Case Studies

Two new case studies for role plays feature difficult situations to challenge and practice your skills in difficult cases.

  1. One is a conflict between a Director of Music Ministry and Worship Team Leader, where the Team Leader used a church computer for Internet pornography and cybersex. This addresses issues of employment, betrayal, misuse of church equipment, moral failing, and a broken relationship.

  2. The other involves a friend who was hired as an accountant to help save a business in bankruptcy. The accountant embezzled about $100,000 from the business. While prosecution is an option, the business owner's lawyer recommended mediation first in order to recover some of the lost funds. This case involves criminal issues, betrayal of trust and friendship, and significant amount of money.

How Is This Training Different from Foundational Conflict Coaching and Mediation Courses?

  1. This is not a repeat of the foundational training. The basics will only be quickly referenced. The manual will have materials people can use as a refresher. Instruction will focus on applying the basics to difficult cases and expanding skills, especially on coaching.

  2. For each case, the reconcilers will complete three pre-mediation coaching sessions with each party from the same case they mediate. Reconcilers will receive little information in advance, so they will need to use pre-mediation coaching to learn about the details and prepare their parties. This provides opportunity to practice using the new coaching skills and creating and assigning effective homework assignments. Because of the complexities of each case, the pre-mediation coaching becomes critical for the mediation.

  3. A written exercise. In foundational training, participants don't really have opportunity to write a settlement agreement. But in this course, reconciler teams will be given time in the schedule to write either a Memorandum of Understanding or a Reconciler Report, depending on how their mediation goes. Their table instructor will review their written submission for comment.

Prerequisite Training

To successfully complete this advanced training, you are required to first complete:

Pre-Course Study

With registration, approximately 4 weeks before the practicum participants will be provided the following resources to begin their learning:

Attend This Event

Visit our Training Calendar to find this event near you. Registration is $774 but with Ministry ($100) and Early-bird ($75) discounts is as low as $599 which includes:

  • $499 Instruction Fee

  • $55 Materials Fee

  • $45 Snack & Lunch Fee

Cancellation Policy

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