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Eviction Mediation Training

MWI’s Housing and Eviction Mediation Training is an advanced mediation training designed for mediators interested in helping tenants and landlords resolve housing and eviction disputes. This training will focus on the special considerations mediators face when mediating eviction cases including homelessness and the challenge of property ownership, landlord-tenant relationships, protecting the rights of both parties, effective agreement writing and mediating eviction cases in District and Municipal Courts.


Dates and Times

Next Program:    Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Registration and Cost

Training tuition is $250 per person (or $200 if registered a month in advance of the program). Space is limited to 24 participants.

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Topics to Be Covered

  • Ethical duties and dilemmas facing eviction mediator.
  • A review of policies and procedures when mediating eviction cases from the District and Municipal Court Department.
  • Supervised role-plays, exercises, group discussions and simulations

Who Should Attend

  • Mediators looking to gain new skills and experience mediating eviction cases in court. MWI has immediate opportunities for mediators who successfully complete this training.
  • Professionals working in the housing field interested in learning more about Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Law and Summary Process procedure and how mediation can be used to resolve housing disputes.
  • Individuals interested in understanding the mediation process and landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.

Prerequisites

Mediators interested in summary process mediation training must have completed at least 30-hours of basic mediation training. They also must have completed at least five mediations prior to the start of the training. Participants are welcome to mediate summary process with MWI upon successful completion of this advanced mediation training.

Questions? Contact Marcus Stergio at 617-895-4029 or email mstergio@mwi.org


Participants Will Receive

  • MWI’s Summary Process Resource Manual: A comprehensive overview of Massachusetts landlord tenant law and eviction procedure.
  • A total of 8 hours of mediation training including opportunities to mediate with supervision.

Location

MWI
10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

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Sample Mediation Trainers (click on photo for bio)

  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Marcus Stergio
    Marcus Stergio
Josh Hoch

Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
617-895-4028 | jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services & Negotiation Programs at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases with MWI and other ADR organizations. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce and housing/eviction. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages cases referred from individuals, companies, EAP’s, therapists, attorneys, Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts, and the Land Court Department of Massachusetts Trial Court System. Josh is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC from 2005 to 2012. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.


Representative Matters

Josh Hoch has mediated over 650 cases including:

  • Divorce Mediation – short and long term marriages
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, and child support
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Parents who want to stay married
  • Pro Se and with attorneys present
  • Several cases mediated with a Spanish translator
  • High conflict cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Designed and oversee a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services are provided to the Trial Court. (September 2013 – present)
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC (2005 – 2012)
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer of an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families, (2003 – March 2015)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Coach, (August 2015)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – Present)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, Present results of a pilot mediation program, (2013 – present)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2004)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Lexington Community Education, Divorce: Information You Want to Know, (2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Divorce and Family Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation & Arbitration Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Mediator for Prisoner Disputes, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Marcus Stergio

10 Liberty Square – 4th Floor Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-895-4029 | Fax: 617-973-9532 | Email: mstergio@mwi.org | Web: www.mwi.org/mentor

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Marcus Stergio is a mediator, mentor, and is the Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs at MWI. Marcus mediates consumer conflicts, divorce and family cases, as well as housing disputes both within and outside of the MA Trial Court system. As the Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs, Marcus manages the Court Mediation Program at MWI, serving as a mentor to mediators before, during and after court mediations. He is a member of MWI’s training team and serves as lead trainer for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy mediation training at Tufts University, the MWI Housing and Eviction Training, as well as the MWI Refresher Mediation Program. Marcus also provides mediation training to commercial clients and participates as a guest mediation lecturer at the MIT Conflict Management Training, the Harvard University Program on Negotiation mediation seminar and at Lasell College. Outside of MWI, he is a member of the North Shore Community Mediation Center’s family and divorce mediation panel and serves as Web Manager for NEACR, the New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.


Representative Matters

  • Serves as a mentor to all new and experienced court mediators at MWI
  • Oversees a panel of approximately 100 court mediators who provide pro bono mediation services to the MA Trial Court
  • Debriefs cases with mediators via phone, email and Skype
  • Runs advanced mediation trainings for both new and experienced mediators
  • Models mediation in role play simulations for mediators in training

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Web Manager, New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Mediator and Trainer, North Shore Community Mediation Center

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Serves as guest speaker and trainer at MIT Conflict Management Training
  • Coach and guest lecturer at Mediation & Conflict Management course, Harvard University
  • Conducts “Mediation as a Career” workshop, Newton (MA) Adult Continuing Education
  • Guest lecturer at Lasell College undergraduate and graduate Conflict Resolution courses
  • Current liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy mediation practicum
  • Mediation role-play model for 2015 MA Peer Mediator’s Forum

Background and Education

  • BA, Communication Studies/Business Administration, Northeastern University, 2008
  • MA, Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2012
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School, 2013

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Additional MWI eviction mediators will also be in attendance as needed.


For More Information

For more information about MWI’s Eviction Mediation Training Program, please contact Marcus Stergio at 617-895-4029 or email  mstergio@mwi.org.