Advanced Peace Mediation Course

Mediating Complex Multi-Party Negotiations at Track 1-1.5

This Advanced Mediation course is a five-day intensive programme, designed for experienced mediators who work at Track 1-1.5 levels. The course concentrates on challenges and pitfalls in peace mediations, and deconstructs the various phases and stages of the mediation processes into learning modules.

Participants will practise and add further depth to their core skills and techniques through simulations, coaching, lectures and demonstrations. To maximise learning and constructive feedback, participants will work in small group exercises and simulations that include observation and guidance from experienced practitioners and trainers.

Building on basic mediation training courses, this intensive five-day programme provides mediators an opportunity to further develop their knowledge of mediation theory and practice and go beyond fundamentals. Whether you want to improve your conflict resolution methods, mediation skills and practices, or increase your dispute resolution skillset: this Advanced Peace Mediation course is for you!


Information at a glance

Date: October 4-9, 2020

Location: Berlin, Germany

Tuition Fee: 2,500 EUR

The course fee includes tuition, curricular materials, refreshments, lunches, and a welcome reception. The fee does not include accommodation.

Application Deadline: May 17, 2020

Course Size: Strictly limited to 18 participants


Why the Berghof Foundation?

The Berghof Foundation has almost fifty years of experience in supporting conflict transformation processes around the world, including peace mediation and mediation support. Drawing on this extensive experience, the course has been designed to immerse participants in the various dynamics of complex multi-party peace mediations. The Berghof Foundation's long-standing activities have resulted in numerous cooperations and specialist networks at the national and international level.

The Advanced Peace Mediation course is designed specifically for professionals with prior negotiation or mediation training and years of practical experience. This course is for those who wish to enhance their mediation practice by gaining new tools, skills, and strategies for successfully mediating not only two-party disputes, but also more complex multi-party, multi-issue disputes.

This intensive course is strictly limited to 18 participants to ensure a highly interactive and personalised experience. Participants must commit to attending all five full days of the course. The course will be taught exclusively in English, therefore all participants must be proficient in English and be able to fluently converse with instructors and other participants.

During this five-day intensive course, you will:

  • Become more comfortable with the role of mediator by broadening your understanding of ways to resolve disputes
  • Develop and analyse strategies for multi-party disputes by exploring real-world and up-to-date case studies
  • Sharpen your skills by applying new tools and strategies in several role-play simulations and receive real-time feedback from master practitioners
  • Acquire practical skills and techniques to more effectively settle differences and mediate disputes across a variety of contexts
  • Gain in-depth understanding of conflict analysis and process design to craft a well-sequenced agenda and constructively lead the process
  • Explore the emotional dynamics of conflict, its effects on parties and mediators, and how to manage those dynamics
  • Deal with hot topics, challenges, dilemmas in mediation
  • Assess asymmetrical interactions and power dynamics
  • Learn how to best deal with difficult negotiation tactics and overcome barriers to mutually acceptable agreement
  • Better prepare and defuse disruptions by increasing your awareness of various cognitive biases and how they may derail negotiations
  • Learn how to preserve and advocate more effectively for interests while maintaining relationships

Application Deadline: May 17, 2020

To send your application or to get in touch with any questions, please contact:

Rebeca Taboada García, trainings[at]berghof-foundation[dot]org

Tel.: +49 (0)30 844 154 56

To apply send your CV and motivation letter via e-mail. Payment details will be provided once you have been accepted into the course. Participation in the course will be confirmed once the tuition payment has been made in full.