Training Programs


New Justice Services began providing conflict resolution skills training in Central New York in 1981 and has been providing its own State Certified Community Mediation Skills Training since 1982.

Since that time, New Justice has been a leader in the design and implementation of Conflict Resolution Training in Central New York.

Currently, New Justice offers the following skills training programs.

training session with our Executive Director

Mediation Skills:

Community Based Programs

New Justice provides basic and specialized mediation skills training for Community Mediation Staff, Volunteers and Law Students. The basic Mediation Skills training program is 36 hours in length and consists of both didactic and experiential learning.

New Justice also offers specialized training in Custody -Visitation Mediation which is 16 hours in length and focuses on the particular dynamics of working with Family Court matters, and in Parent – Child Mediation which is 8 hours in length and focuses on the dynamics of mediating disputes between youth and their parents or guardians.

New Justice is a New York State Certified Training site, with all trainings instructed by State Certified Community, Custody/Visitation and Parent - Child Skills Trainer, and Agency Lead Trainer, John W. McCullough. 


School Based Programs

Based upon its expertise in Mediation Skills Training, New Justice Services has been offering training to In-School and Peer Mediation Programs since 1990. New Justice Trainers have assisted in establishing some 50 Peer Mediation programs in 6 counties throughout Central New York. This training has been provided to both students and staff at all grade levels, with the youngest students trained being 4th graders. The length of the training for school programs is based upon the age of the students. Elementary students receive 12 hours while High School Students receive 20-25 hours, depending upon the size of the school and the nature of the conflicts they are expected to address.

School Based Trainer John W. McCullough


Professional and Business Programs

There are a number of other settings within which New Justice has provided mediation skills training.

For the Legal Community, New Justice has trained the Attorney Mediator’s for the NYS Grievance Committees’ Lawyer-Client Mediation Program in the 5th Judicial District in cooperation with the Onondaga County BAR Association.

In the business arena, New Justice has trained Human Resource personnel for both government and private sector clients in using mediation to handle employee disputes including Equal Employment Opportunity/Discrimination matters.

Professional and Business Trainer John W. McCullough


Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills:

New Justice Services began offering an introduction to Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills to students and teachers in 1984.

The 12 hour “Understanding Conflict-Communications Skills for Resolving Conflicts Peacefully” program is the basis of New Justice Services’ training for Students, Teachers, Parents, “At-Risk” Youth, Justice System personnel and Business people. This core material is re-organized to meet each group’s particular needs.

This material has been re-worked to provide the following workshops: Conflict Resolution Awareness for Students, Classroom Conflict Management, Resolving Conflicts in the Home, Conflict Management for Law Enforcement and Workplace Conflict Resolution.

Anger Management and Violence Prevention Programming

As a specialized offshoot of this Interpersonal training, New Justice provides Anger Management and Violence Prevention for Schools, and Businesses and the Juvenile Justice System. This training focuses on personal Anger Management techniques or Crisis Management and preventing violence within an organization.

New Justice provides Anger Management Training to “at-risk” youth through a Pro-Social Skills program offered in cooperation with the Probation Department in Onondaga County and to the Syracuse City School District students.

School Trainer                       Lawton Williams       

Violence Prevention Trainer John W. McCullough


The RESTORE Program is a 20-hour social emotional learning program directed at young males, ages 17 – 24, who are under the supervision of the Probation Department as Youthful Offenders and are deemed at risk for gang like behaviors.

RESTORE Group Leader       Todd Eudell

New Justice has provided Crisis Management and Violence Prevention training to School personnel and Street Outreach workers. New Justice has implemented and supervised a Community Based Violence Interruption program and has assisted Schools in creating their Crisis Management plans.

Crisis Management Trainer     John W. McCullough


Formal Hearings Training Services

New Justice Services provides Arbitration skills training for the Unified Court Systems’ 5th and 6th District Matrimonial Fee Dispute Arbitration Programs. This training is delivered to both Lawyers and Non-Lawyers.

New Justice can also provide training to School personnel in conducting both Formal and Informal Suspension Hearings and students in conducting Youth Court Hearings.

Formal Hearing Trainers  John W. McCullough

                                                Jim Wood

                                                Heather Saroney