Mediation & Facilitation Program

This 8-hour program, offered over 2 afternoons, is intended for professionals and students interested in building and improving their facilitation and mediation skills.  Attendees may include physicians, nurses, PAs, social workers, chaplains, patient representatives, lawyers, counselors, psychologists, grad students, undergraduate students, and members of ethics committees. Space will be limited to 55-60 participants.

Program Dates

The program will be offered on two Friday afternoons:  June 21 (1-5 pm) and July 19th (1-5 pm). 

The program is designed for those who intend to attend both sessions. 

Learning Objectives

During this program, participants will:

  • Learn and practice methods of mediation and facilitation that can be employed in a medical setting, such as a clinical ethics consultation;
  • Participate in small-group simulations of ethics case consultations

Program Description

Medical decision-making can be stressful for all involved. Emotions can run high, opinions and values may conflict, team members may rotate on and off a case, and time may be short.  In the shadow of these limitations, an ethics committee needs to arrive at a recommendation that is informed and which can be clearly communicated to the providers, patient and family members.

Through lecture, discussion, exercises and role play simulations, this program will explore interest-based negotiation principles and how mediators and facilitators use them to shift people from unproductive to productive interactions.  The Program will identify cognitive biases that people fall prey to in decision making and describe communication and inquiry skills that will help committees arrive at better-informed consensus decisions. Lastly, it will provide tips for how to deal with difficult behavior.

The program will use case examples of ethics consults to practice these skills. No matter what your role is in the consult, you can apply principles and skills drawn from mediation and facilitation to improve the deliberations and the outcome.

No background in mediation or facilitation is assumed; program content will differ from and complement content from our January 2019 Clinical Ethics program.


William Logue, JD
Founder, The Logue Group
Director of Dispute Resolution Training
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Planning Committee

Lori Bruce, MA

Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics

Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

Chair, Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine

Stephen Latham, JD, PhD

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Senior Research Scientist, Political Science

Adjunct Professor in Management; Lecturer in Law

Yale University

Advance Preparation

Because this is only a two-day program, attendees are encouraged to familarize themselves with the program’s cases, readings, and mediation principles in advance. Materials will be provided at least 10 days before the program start date.

Program Fee


$0 for the first 10 registrants who are members of Yale New Haven Health System’s ethics committees (YNHH only) 

$85 for members of Yale New Haven Health System’s other ethics committees (Greenwich, Bridgeport, Westerly, and Lawrence & Memorial) 

$85 for students, young professionals, and participants in the 2019 Foundations/Summer Institute programs;

$150 others
There is no reduced fee available for those who wish to attend only one day; the program is intended for those who plan to participate both days.


Yale University - main campus (exact rooms will be posted in early June)


Please kindly pay the program fee as outlined on our payment page.


** Registration is now filled ** 

Planning Your Visit

Coming from out of town, or need driving directions?  Please visit our Travel Page for suggested accomodations, parking, and driving directions.


Questions about the program? Please email us at


To keep costs low, we do not plan to offer CEUs. If this changes, we will update this web page.


The speakers and members of the Planning Committee and on the program faculty do not have any commercial or financial interest which would bias the presentation.