CCRE Training

Training & Events

Training and awareness events play a vital role in the Centre’s mission to promote and increase the appropriate use of alternative dispute resolution processes.

Effective training for both practitioners and decision makers gives participants an understanding of dispute resolution techniques and their applicability to business, organisational and congregational life.

In addition to our general training, the Centre also provides customised training for agencies, businesses, and congregations. Please contact the Centre if you have more than 15 people to train in dispute resolution processes.

Main Course

Basic Mediation Training

  • Stages of mediated problem solving
  • Conflict theory
  • Balancing power
  • Managing a negotiation
  • Cultural and gender issues in mediation
  • Dealing with strong emotions
  • Breaking impasse
  • Drafting durable agreements
  • Learning through exercises, demonstration, and role plays coached by experienced mediators and colleagues
  • Case observations and co-mediation opportunities
  • Basic Mediation Certificate


+353 85 753 1872

The Centre's Goal

The Centre’s goal is to help you resolve actual or potential conflicts. CCRE programmes, training and services can provide crucial support for reducing the risks of conflict and litigation. To this end, the Centre is committed to equipping individuals, groups, and organisations to successfully address and resolve various forms of conflict.

Our Promise

Whatever the outcome of the process of resolving a particular conflict, the Centre believes the results for all parties can consistently include satisfaction with the process and an appreciation for training as well as utilising individuals who serve as neutrals to help individuals, groups and organisations address their particular circumstances and needs.

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Our Team

Meet Our Professional Team

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Tony Belak

is former Ombuds at the University of Louisville with a faculty appointment in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and former Regional Counsel and Senior Dispute Resolution Counsel for the Department of Veterans.

He is an associate director of the Center for Conflict Resolution at La Sierra University and recognized for his innovation in designing conflict resolution programs within the workplace.

John-Robert Curtin

is a professor at Indiana University and at the University of Louisville. He teaches conflict management, mediation, restorative justice and human resources.

He has extensive experience in conflict management, mediation, restorative practices, ombuds education, education, training and in anti-bullying efforts.

He co-founded, with Tony Belak, the 4Civility Institutes in Louisville Kentucky and in Dublin Ireland. Together they have trained over 5,000 mediators worldwide.

He holds a doctorate in law, practices law in California, and is general counsel to Versacare Foundation and a member of the Versacare Foundation Board.

Richard Pershing

is the founding Director for the Center for Conflict Resolution, Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business, La Sierra University, Riverside, California.

He holds a doctorate in law and practices law in California as a partner in Reynolds Jensen Swan & Pershing LLP and is general counsel to Versacare Foundation and a member of the Versacare Foundation Board.