Professional Training

Belize Forestry Department 


Mike conducted a five-day seminar on Environmental Conflict Management for governmental agencies working to manage and protect ecologically sensitive areas in Central America.  The seminar was secured by PROARCA, an international environmental development project supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The initiative in Belize is part of a multi-country project to preserve bio-diversity, protect ecologically sensitive species and habitat, and enhance an eco-corridor in the region.


Bureau of Reclamation 


Mike designed a training program in environmental dispute resolution for the Bureau of Reclamation and delivered the pilot course and the revised course.  He trained environmental managers in conflict resolution, negotiation and facilitation.


Federal Highway Administration - Pilot Program in Collaborative Leadership 


Mike designed and delivered a pilot program in collaborative leadership for FHWA.  The program includes training transportation officials, mediating a real transportation dispute and coaching the transportation staff who are involved in the dispute to shift to a more collaborative role in future transportation conflicts.


Haiti, International Civilian Mission to Haiti (MICIVIH), United Nations and the Organization of American States 


As part of the international community’s efforts to bring stability and democracy to this nation, the joint International Civilian Mission to Haiti (MICIVIH) of the United Nations and the Organization of American States has targeted improving the judicial system.  Mike helped design and deliver a training program to prepare and train judges as mediators.  The program goals include training all of the Justices of the Peace in the department of Artibonite and training twenty-four judges from all other departments.


Hughes Collaboration offers high-quality training in the following areas:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Facilitation
  • Mediation
  • Problem Solving


Minnesota Department of Transportation - Risk Management Training 


Mike worked with senior DOT staff to design and deliver a training program to help project leaders anticipate risk and controversy and change their approach to project development and delivery in order to manage risk more effectively.


National Highway Institute 


For two decades, Mike has been developing and delivering highlt rated and very successful training programs for the National Highway Institute. Through four different programs, he has helped transportation officials make better decisions and work more effectively with stakeholders.



National Transit Institute 


Mike is a member of the NTI training team for Public Involvement in NEPA and Transportation Decision Making and was instrumental in helping NHI and NTI unify their approach to the course.


NEPA Collaboration 


Mike developed a training program for the US Department of Interior to help agency staff blend NEPA processes and effective stakeholder engagement in order to produce legally defensible records of decision that are more responsive to the interests of all stakeholders.  The training uses lessons learned from the successful St Croix River Crossing process.



UCLA Cross-Cultural Mediation Training 


Mike trained UCLA students to handle cross-cultural conflict.  The students mediated cases under the auspices of the university’s ombuds office.  The program presented a prototype mediation process and assisted the students to make culturally appropriate adjustments to the process.


University of Denver - Korbel Institute for International Studies - Master's Program in Conflict Management 


Mike is an adjunct professor in DU's Master's program.  He teaches two courses:

  • Resolving Contentious Public Issues
  • Advanced Practicum - Public Policy Track 


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 


Mike created a training program in advanced environmental negotiation for the Service.  The course focused on both internal consensus building and on negotiation with stakeholders including other agencies to advance the Service’s mission.