Introducing the Teamwork Mediation Training Program

After 15 years of developing The Teamwork Method, Max Rivers is now offering a training program for mediators, counselors and therapists, coaches, teachers, any member of the healing community who does work with couples and relationships, and even individuals who just want to deepen their practice of the Teamwork Method.


There will be two tracks:

  • 6 month Skill-Training in the methodology of how to use the Teamwork Method in your practice; and an optonal
  • 4 month Certification Program.


Everyone interested will start on the first track, called “Tired of Having the Same Old Argument?”,which will teach how to use the Teamwork Method to help couples learn the skill set so that they can transition from conflict into being able to self mediate their own relationships. The focus will be learning how you would use these skills in your practice, whether that’s as a mediator, therapist, coach or even workshop leader.


Students who complete this first track and are accepted into the Certification Program will do another 4 month semester of training which will provide individual instruction and supervision as well as including information about how to run an online mediation business, how to teach workshops about this material, create support groups and other ongoing offerings to help your clients continue to learn and grow.


The majority of the trainings will be done virtually, employing video conferenced sessions and classes.


Outline of the Program


As a prerequisite for joining the training each potential TMT student will be expected to:

  • Read the book Loving Conflict.
  • Do six online couples sessions (with your spouse or significant other) as clients with Max Rivers.
  • Then, join a biweekly TMT couples support group with other TMT trainee couples. This group will continue throughout the training (and may continue on as a leaderless group after the training).


During the first six month semester of the program each TMT student will be expected to:

  • Take on at least one role in producing the training (e.g. registration, technical support, etc.)
  • Meet with their TMT Triad online several times a month to outline their assigned chapter identifying the major points of this section of the book. Then each partner will either create lesson plans (if your interest is teaching or running workshops) or role-play couple mediations which will be taped and analyzed by your triad.
  • Attend a monthly online group class with your Team of 12 to debrief lesson/session plans and role-play mediating issues from this month’s chapter. The next chapter will be introduced and the process will be repeated each month.


Benefits of TMT 6 Month Skill-Training Program

At the end of the six month “Same Old Argument” training, trainees will have experienced being clients of the Teamwork Method, have been part of an ongoing couples support group, will have lesson plans and/or scripts from your whole Team of 12 for the entire first half of the book, experienced teaching/coaching the concepts and being taught, and had opportunities to be part of/and witness role-plays of how these concepts might be used in couples counseling or meditations.


In addition, other reading material will be assigned which cover supportive technologies such as: Nonviolent Communication, Neurolinguistic Programming, Ericksonian hypnosis, and others.


Graduates of the first semester program may advertise that they have “trained in the Teamwork Method” but in order to identify as “Certified Teamwork Method Practitioners” graduates may apply for the second semester Teamwork Method Certificate Program.


The certification program will begin with more intensive role-plays, witnessing and commenting on videotaped Teamwork Method sessions, having live and post session supervision from Max or other certified TM practitioners, debriefs of their own sessions and group support on how to handle issues which have come up in sessions.


Cost of the Program


The first six-month training program will have a fixed price of $250 for each month of training, or a discounted price of $1200 for pre-paying the whole six months. The first team of 12 will get a special discount of $200 per month or $1000 for the first six months prepaid.


In addition, students will pay a discounted price for couples sessions with Max, of $100 per session; as well as a discounted price for the couples support group of $50 per session per couple. Purchasing of books and other materials throughout the program are in addition to the training costs.

To Download the Application:

If interested, please fill out the following GoogleDoc application, and then click the “Submit” button on the form to send your application to Max (you can also save a copy for yourself). (by clicking here).

You can then go to my appointment scheduler and make your first online couples session appointment (or private session if you’re not currently in a relationship) by clicking here.

You can purchase my book: “Loving Conflict” in paperback, Kindle, PDF, eBook, MP3 downloadable audio files or order the whole audio book on a memory stick on this website’s home page.

Looking forward to working with you.