The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special
Bergin-Lytton, Trisha - M.Ed., Mediator, IEP Facilitator, Trainer & Behavior ConsultantP. O. Box 549
Tijeras, NM 87059
Overall Mediation Training and Consultation Services:
Trisha is a practicing IEP Facilitator and Special Education Mediator who combines those day-to-day experiences within her trainings. Trisha's trainings concentrate on practical hands-on information and small group activities that provides the participants with successfully implemented processes and procedures to mediate special education issues and/or facilitate IEP/IFSP/ARD Meetings. Trisha's philosophy of accomplishing preparation work with the parties prior to any ADR type meeting is obvious in the foundation of her trainings, which focus on activities to accomplish with the participants which assists them to be proactive and resolution oriented and thus more productive at the table. Trainings are customized to address the needs of a given group of professionals, parents or advocates/mentors from particular LEA or SEA settings in any state.
Familiarity with special education, early intervention and IDEA '97 regulations:
Trisha is a former special educator and special education administrator. Since 1974, she has implemented conflict resolution skills in public school systems, private residential treatment centers, community and government agencies, and corporations as a special education teacher, special education administrator, consultant, trainer, facilitator and mediator. Through 1990 as a school district and residential treatment center staff member, Trisha conducted and/or participated in over 2,000 IEP meetings during her tenure with various school districts. Through June 2012, as an independent contractor, she has mediated special education issues or facilitated IEP meetings in over 375 cases with a 96% resolution rate.
Trisha holds both a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a dual major in both Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master's Degree in Education with emphasis in Special Education Administration. Trisha's licensures/certifications include the following: 1)Special Ed Admin K-12: OH,FL,TX 2)Education Administration K-12: NM 3)Emotional Distrurbance K-12: FL,TX 4)Intellectually Disabled K-12: OH,FL,TX 5)Special Ed Teacher K-12: NM 6)Elementary Ed K-12: OH,FL,TX,NM All NM and TX licensures are current. Trisha completed her basic mediation training in October 1993. Trisha has conducted trainings in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution with various LEA and SEA General & Special Education Adminstrators, Teachers, Related Service Providers, independent contract mediators and facilitators, lawyers, parents and advocates/mentors.
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