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Manufactured Home (MFH) Park Mediation

The Center for Mediation and Dialogue serves residents of Washington County, east of 185th with free mediation, facilitation, one-on-one conflict coaching and conflict resolution workshops. The MFH program assists homeowners, residents, managers and park owners to resolve conflicts associated with the parks and living situations. Over 80% of cases that come to our center are resolved and the outcomes are decided by the participants.

January 1st 2020, Senate Bill 586 will require park managers to attempt mediation before arbitration or litigation. We are here to support MFH homeowners and park managers during this transition and when the need arises to have the help of a neutral third party.  Some examples of issues for mediation include: interpersonal conflict, residents and manager negotiating implementation of new park rules, or transitions to move out of a park without proceeding to-file for eviction in court. We are here to assist anytime there is a communication breakdown.

Sign up to attend our customized MFH Conscious Conflict Workshop, and gain the soft skills to approach conflict from a different perspective. This workshop will only be open to MFH homeowners, park residents and managers.

Thursday, December 12th 5:30-8:00 pm at Beaverton City Hall 

No cost to attend

Workshops focus on how to build healthy relationships, communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in skillful ways. Understand the nature of conflict and the pitfalls that keep us stuck in ineffective patterns of behavior.

We will be using real life examples that happen within a MFH park, making this training relatable and effective -giving you skills you can use as soon as you get home!

Registration is required.

Summer Workshop Series

Workshops are free, but registration is required.

We are going to offer the workshops in July and August of 2020. Come back later to learn the details.

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.