Saturday, October 6, 2012
Six Rivers is building a new generation of conflict resolvers.
Marti Kantola, director and trainer for Six Rivers Community Mediation, led seven local AmeriCorps members through a rigorous five-day, 40-hour intensive training, exploring issues and surfacing underlying interests in disputes ranging in subject matter from roommate disagreements to the politics of wind turbines.
The 40-hour basic mediation training course provides the foundation for interest-based negotiation. It can be a launching pad for a career in conflict resolution, or a toolbox for staying grounded while managing conflicts in any context.
Kantola describes the purpose of mediation training as “expanding how we think about solutions, and changing the way we listen to each other.”
Six Rivers hosts two-hour mediation training sessions monthly.
Visit www.6rivers.org to see the training calendar.
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