Basic course in Transformative mediation

The Rakmo Institute in cooperation with Center of Transformative Mediation invites you to the

Basic course in Transformative mediation with Marko Iršič, Certified Transformative Mediator

Ljubljana, Slovenia 24. – 27. 10. 2016

Basic Training will be conducted by Marko Iršič, Certified Transformative Mediator, the founder of the RAKMO Institute, and the author of the books The Art of Conflict Management and Mediation.

This training program provides an understanding of the core purpose and foundational principles of transformative practice. In addition to exploring the goals and effects of transformative intervention, this training provides practice with the core transformative intervention skills. Through lecture, discussion, video illustrations, and skill building exercises, this training program grounds participants in an approach to mediation practice that is rooted in the assumption that conflict is a crisis in human interaction.

Transformative Mediation Training: Principles & Practice

Participants in this training will gain an understanding of the theory and skills necessary for the practice of transformative mediation across a wide range of conflict settings.

Specifically, participants in this training will:

  • Understand transformative conflict theory and the concepts of empowerment and recognition;
  • See the relationship between a mediator’s underlying motivations and he interventions used in practice;
  • Obtain the skills needed to focus on and attend to the moment-to-moment interaction of the parties and their deliberations;
  • Gain the capacity to take a responsive, supportive orientation that fosters party empowerment and avoids mediator directiveness
  • Understand the full range of conflict settings (commercial disputes, family and divorce, neighbor, victim-offender,organizational conflicts, ethno-political conflicts) where transformative mediation is currently practiced


How to register:


Registration form

The seat on the Basic Training is guaranteed only with the complete payment of registration fee.


- Super early bird fee, paid before July 31st, 2016: 590,00 € (VAT not included),
- Early bird fee, paid before September 15th, 2016 : 690,00 € (VAT not included)
- Regular fee, paid after September 15th, 2016 790,00 €(VAT not included)

(VAT not included)

Your registration is confirmed with the payment of the training fee. Information for the training fee payment will be included in the confirmation of your registration.

Cancellation policy:

 -Cancelling before July 31st, 2016 will result in 50% refund – substitute from the same organization possible with no extra charge.
- Cancelling after July 31st, 2016 – no refund – substitute from the same organization possible with payment of additional 10% of administrative costs.

This course is advised to:

- those who wish to gain the basic skills in transformative mediation (regardless of previous trainings in other approaches – eg. Problem-solving – and educational qualification)

- to all those who wish to assist their clients in mediation as consultants or who find themselves managing situations of conflict and wish learn new techniques to approach the same.

The Organizer reserves the right to modify the program and/or to change other published organizational details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us on

We are looking forward having and hosting you here in Slovenia.

International Congress on Transformative Mediation

In June 2014, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2nd International Congress on Transformative Mediation will be organized.

The aim of the Congress is to support the development of Transformative Mediation in Europe as well as connecting transformative mediators and supporting them to exchange ideas and experiences and join forces to promote Transformative Mediation in Europe.

The honoured guest speaker at the Congress will be Professor Joseph Folger, founding father of transformative mediation. Professor Folger is also co-author of the books The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict through Empowerment and Recognition and The Promise of Mediation: The Transformative Approach to Conflict, which represents the ground literature work for transformative mediation.

International Congress on Transformative Mediation will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Event is organized by the Rakmo Institute and co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.

International Congress on Transformative Mediation will be held in English.

More information:

Advanced Training on Transformative Mediation by Joseph P. Folger

In June 2014, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Advance Training on Transformative Mediation with Professor Joseph Folger will be organized.

The Training will be conducted by the founding father of transformative mediation and co-author of the book The Promise of Mediation: Responding to Conflict through Empowerment and Recognition and The Promise of Mediation: The Transformative Approach to Conflict, which represents the ground literature work for transformative mediation, Joseph Folger.

This training program builds on the 4-day Basic Training in Transformative Mediation: Ideological Foundations and Practice in terms of detailed analysis and coaching in transformative mediation skills of practitioners who have adopted skills of transformative mediation in practice.

To experienced mediators this training offers an opportunity to develop their transformative conflict intervention skills. The training includes a review of the core principles that support transformative practice, including core assumptions about conflict and that the potential human beings have to act with a balance of empowerment and recognition.  The training will also review the main skills of transformative practice and examine how those skills support the constructive transformation of the parties’ interaction.

Participants will practice mediating during the training and will receive individualized, constructive feedback from the instructor to improve their work.  Finally, the course will address the challenges that transformative mediators often face in their practice, including challenges that stem from sustaining the value commitments of transformative practice and the communication/performance challenges of enacting the core skills.