Elizabeth Bonici
Assistant Director of Conflict Resolution Services

New York Center for Interpersonal Development 


  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019                                        

 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
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What Participants are Saying About Our Trainings:

  • "I loved this training. You covered so much in a short period of time and I really feel like I came away with a solid understanding of the mediation practice."
  • "The understanding based approach really spoke to me.  I am so amazed and appreciative that a framework like that exists."
  • "The training was amazing.  It was so engaging and applicable to so many scenarios.  There was a great mix of students and the trainers really helped the class develop a rapport with each other."
  • "I would highly recommend this training for any attorney ~ whether you are interested in mediation or not.  The communication skills will make me a more effective fact gatherer from my clients, a more effective negotiator with my adversaries and a more effective advocate before tribunals of every kind.  For the practitioner ~ either as mediator or advocate ~ this training is indispensable.”
  • "The trainers helped to put theory into real context and brought the beauty and magic of mediation to life."

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3 Day Divorce Mediation Training
May 2019


Register and pay by March 31, 2019 to save $100!

New York Center for Interpersonal Development

is pleased to offer:

3 Day Divorce Mediation Training
presented by: Adam J. Berner, Esq. and Sequoia Stalder, Esq.

24 CLE Hours
(Includes 2 CLE Ethics)

New York CLE Approved

For both newly admitted and experienced attorneys

Approved under Part 146 by the NYS Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs.
Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge
and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement
on a local court roster.

  • This is a comprehensive 24 Hour Divorce Mediation Training that is designed to cover basic theory and skills of divorce mediation including divorce law, financial aspects of divorce, parenting issues and family dynamics. 
  • This training will address the role of law and lawyers in mediation.

Pre-requisite: Only individuals that have completed a prior Basic Mediation Training are eligible to register for this training*.  (If you are not sure if your training meets this requirement, please call to discuss.)

Cost: $1050*
(Includes Materials)

(Credit card payments accepted)

* Register and pay by March 31, 2019 to receive $100 discount!

Student Discount Available

Financial aid available to those who qualify

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About the Presenters:

 Adam J. Berner, Esq.

Adam J. Berner is a practicing Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer in the New York City and New Jersey area with offices in Manhattan, New York and Bergen County, NJ. Having worked in a general law firm, specializing in matrimonial and family law, he brings to his practice the experience and familiarity with the law and its alternative processes for resolving disputes. Adam's practice of mediation, primarily in the areas of family, divorce, employment and workplace disputes, is based on the principles of facilitating understanding, enabling parties to work out their own agreements, according to their own values, priorities and schedules.

Adam is recognized as one of the most active mediators in the New York – New Jersey mediation community. He is a Past President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York where he has chaired the Continuing Education Committee and sat on the Board of Directors for 7 years. Adam served on the ADR Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as the Matrimonial Committee liaison to the Committee. He is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association of Conflict Resolution (Family Section) where he also serves on its Training Committee, an Accredited Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators as well as a Certified Mediator at the Manhattan and Brooklyn Mediation Centers. Adam serves on the selective panel for the Matrimonial Mediation Pilot Program currently underway in New York County’s Supreme Court.

In addition to his mediation practice, Adam has an active Collaborative Law Practice. He is a founding member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals where he has served as co-chair of its Continuing Education Committee and currently serves on its Curriculum Committee commissioned to establish best practices of Collaborative Training. Adam also currently serves as the founding President of the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group, based in Bergen County, NJ.

In addition to his private practice, Adam is an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where, for over a decade, has taught Divorce Mediation in addition to having taught family law at the law school. Adam is an experienced trainer in mediation and A.D.R., having trained attorneys, court personnel, law students and corporate staff throughout the New York City area and is certified by the New York State Office of Court Administration’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Office to provide Basic and family mediation training. He has served as the Director of Training at the Dispute Resolution Training Institute for New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), where he still provides mediation training.  Prior to that position, Adam also taught law and ethics at the undergraduate division of Yeshiva University.

Sequoia Stalder, Esq.

Sequoia Stalder is a mediator and attorney with over a decade of experience mediating complex and high-conflict cases.  Having mediated over a thousand cases, he has dedicated his career to the non-adversarial  resolution of conflict and is a recognized expert in the mediation and conflict management field.  He is the founder of Stalder Mediation, a mediation firm in New York City.  Sequoia specializes in family & divorce mediation, business and workplace mediation, and organizational conflict counseling. 

Sequoia also holds the positions of Senior Director of Conflict Resolution Services and Senior Director of the Mediation Training Institute at New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), the New York State Court-designated Mediation Center of Richmond County. In these roles, he quides over 50 full-time staff and volunteer mediators and oversees all mediation programs and trainings, with an annual caseload of approximately 850 cases and 2500 screenings. 

Sequoia is one of the most sought after mediation trainers in New York State, and his introductory and advanced mediation trainings are certified by the New York Courts to qualify judges, lawyers, therapists and other professionals to serve as court-referred mediators.  Both privately and through NYCID, Sequoia has trained and counseled thousands of professionals in mediation and conflict management techniques.  

In addition, Sequoia regularly lectures and teaches in academic and public settings.  He is an Adjunct Professor of negotiation and mediation at both Columbia University's International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) and Columbia's Masters Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR).  Sequoia is also on the training faculty for the Center for Understanding in Conflict.  Sequoia previously served as a member of the Mediator Ethics Advisory Committe for the New York State Courts.