Regular Training & Events

Mediation Skills for Managers

What can we do about conflict in the workplace?  How can we communicate more constructively in the heat of the moment? What techniques can be used to help a difficult conversation go more smoothly? How can we more effectively support employees experiencing conflict  with others? These questions are discussed in our highly interactive two-day Mediation Skills for Mangers, Supervisors and Leads.

Course Topics:

  • Common sources of workplace conflict
  • Instinctual responses to conflict
  • Conflict response styles
  • Personal qualities of a mediator
  • Listening skills
  • Stages of workplace mediations
  • Special issues that come up in mediations

Reviews for past workshops:

“This was THE BEST training I have been to in a long while. The opportunities to role play with the ”experts” was fantastic.”

“It was such a good training. Inspirational.”

“Everything our instructor taught was very applicable in both our work life and personal life. I found it valuable to learn how to “hold my ground” and to ask questions that get the point across w/o sounding offensive.”

35 - Hour Basic Mediation Training

This training will introduce participants to the themes, practices and skills of becoming a mediator in the community. Mediation is a confidential process in which an impartial person, a mediator, helps two or more parties voluntarily work towards a mutually acceptable agreement. Students will learn how to communicate with the parties during case development and mediation, promote understanding, and facilitate the problem solving discussion that helps resolve the dispute. 

Mediation training will cover all aspects of the mediation process. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Conflict resolution in Oregon
  • Theories of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Negotiation theory and models
  • Mediation models
  • The mediation process / stages
  • Mediator communication skills
  • Conflict formulations and interventions
  • Active listening skills
  • Questioning techniques
  • Reframing skills
  • Private meetings - types and skills
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Power dynamics
  • Ethical standards and behavior
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Writing effective agreements
  • Case management skills
  • Oregon standards of Mediation Practice
  • Preparing parties for mediation
  • The art of reflective practice
  • Cross-cultural awareness 

Summer Workshop Series 
 Workshops are free but registration is required.

Conscious Communication Workshops

These workshops focus on how to build healthy relationships, communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in skillful ways. Participants learn to recognize their own triggers to conflict, understand why many of the ways we respond do not work long term, and how to negotiate better resolutions to difficult issues. This three-part course will be experiential with opportunities for each student to learn about their individual ways of responding to difficult conversations. Through case studies and reflections, everyone will have the opportunity to become skilled at resolving conflicts and create genuine connections. The class will also focus on learning to communicate effectively and respond to conflict while working with diverse cultures. Classes will build on each other but can be taken individually. 

Workshop I
 Conscious Communication: Communication Habits that Establish Healthy Boundaries

In this workshop, students will use case studies to understand the nature of conflict and the pitfalls that keep us stuck in ineffective patterns of behavior. Neuroscience helps us understand that our brains play a strong role in how quickly we react to real or perceived threats and the ways we miss opportunities for real connections. Participants will also learn ways to set healthy boundaries, while negotiating in collaborative ways.

Workshop 2
 Conscious Communication: Understanding the Language of Emotions

This workshop will focus on how to recognize negative emotions, discern facts from judgments, and remain neutral in order to understand communication dynamics as they are happening. Participants will practice useful ways to listen beyond right and wrong to get to the true elements of what went wrong. These skills are necessary to eliminate misunderstandings and create healthier communication, while preserving relationships.

Workshop 3
 Conscious Communication: Skilled Facilitation – Integrating Diverse Viewpoints

The third workshop will focus on the art of facilitating conversations that integrate others points of view when looking for best solutions. We will cover ways of working with people of diverse cultures and those of different generations. 

Community Dialogue Workshop - 3 session series

Severe polarization distorts our view of our fellow community members. Interactions with people with different perspectives on political issues or other controversial topics are largely confined to shouting matches over social media, or are avoided altogether. For those who seek mutual understanding, it can be hard to find an opportunity; and if we have the opportunity, we lack the skills to keep the conversation productive.

Through dialogue, we aim to dismantle our stereotypes of those who do not hold our opinions, and arrive at a deeper understanding of the complex landscape of a different world view. In this very interactive workshop, we will explore our cognitive and emotional barriers to meaningfully engaging with people who disagree with us. Participants will practice skills for overcoming these barriers, inviting others to a less combative approach, and sticking with it when things get heated. The workshop will be held over Zoom over the course of 3 weeks. The three sessions build on each other, so please plan to attend all three.

Cost: Free

Additional Conflict Resolution Courses 

What is the nature of conflict? What are our instincts doing to us to keep us from resolving our differences?  How can we communicate more constructively during conflict? These questions are answered in our interactive workshops where participants explore topics such as why communication breaks down, how we can build better relationships, and how to express emotions appropriately.  

Understanding the Nature of Conflict 

Conflicts occur when people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas or desires. This interactive workshop looks at how conflicts can cause breakdowns in communication and hurt relationships. We will explore the nature of conflict and the instinctual and neurobiological conditions that keep conflicts from getting resolved.

Dealing with Angry Customers 

Many of us work with customers or the general public over the phone and/or face-to-face. At times when conflict emerges, we may feel attacked or insulted by the other person’s words or behavior. This workshop will help participants understand and manage our instinctual defensiveness and explore how to have more productive conversations in the heat of the moment. Instead of reacting, participants will practice how to slow down responses, replace defensive statements with questions, use appropriate tone, and reframe the conversation to deescalate the conflict and have more effective outcomes.


Negotiating with Emotional Intelligence  

This workshop will focus on the role of emotional intelligence in successfully negotiating desired outcomes. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand, express, and maintain good social relationships to guide our thinking towards solving problems under pressure. Participants will practice navigating complicated situations by eliciting constructive engagement from people who might not otherwise cooperate.

Workshop Reviews

This was THE BEST training I have been to in a long while.  The opportunities to role play with the “experts” was fantastic.

It was such a good training. Inspirational.

Everything our instructor taught was very applicable in both our work life and personal life. I found it valuable to learn how to "hold my ground" and to ask questions that get the point across w/o sounding offensive.

The Center for Mediationand Dialogue has a commitment to teach community members about effective collaboration, group decision-making, and the nature, management and resolution of conflict, which is part of our everyday lives. We give talks and offer custom trainings to professional organizations, homeowners associations, clubs, neighborhood associations, manufactured dwell