The Dispute Resolution Center’s next Basic Mediation Training will be March 6-7 and 13-15, 2018, in Yakima. Mediation is a cooperative way to resolve disputes effectively, confidentially, and out of court, a way where people in the midst of a conflict sit down together to discuss the issues and develop their own solutions. In this professional 40-hour training, you will learn and practice the skills required to become a neutral facilitative mediator in any setting. This is a great opportunity to develop communication and conflict resolution skills and cultivate nonviolent, collaborative dispute resolution in the community and in your personal life. With the current divisive atmosphere in the country, mediation is a great way to bring people together. Training Components include: active listening skills and techniques; negotiation; conflict theories and styles; acknowledgement; restating/reflecting/reframing ... and much more. Optional mediator certification is available through the DRC with additional training. The cost is $500 to Yakima & Kittitas County residents, $550 to all others. Limited scholarships may be available, particularly to those who are bilingual. Become a great listener and begin creating solutions through collaboration. Contact us today for more information or to sign up: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 509-453-8949 or 509-925-5123.