By Dave Burgoyne, Realtor, Certified Mediator
The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution (PCCDR) is offering a Washington Mediation Association-approved 40-hour Basic Mediation Training, March 11-13, 25/26.
This course is open to the public. Trainings are designed both for those wishing to become certified mediators, and for those wanting to apply conflict resolution skills at work or in their personal lives.
Training participants often include supervisors, human resource managers, customer service staff, teachers, health care workers, counselors, students, lawyers, social workers, therapists, government employees, or those just looking for something new and rewarding that can be applied to their daily life.
While this course is not exclusively for those wishing to be mediators, it does provide the first step toward becoming a certified mediator. The training includes large and small group exercises and discussion, and the opportunity to participate in role plays. Approved for 37.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) & Continuing Education (CU) credits for social workers and therapists, and clock hours are also available.
Courses are held three times per year, in the early spring, summer, and fall. Spring and fall courses are spread over two weekends to accommodate work schedules. Summer courses are held over five consecutive days.
About the PCCDR:
The Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution (PCCDR) is an independent non-profit 501(C)(3) mediation service provider and training center in downtown Tacoma, Washington.
We believe that collaboration and consensus building can often be preferable to litigation as methods of resolving conflicts. This belief drives our commitment to making affordable mediation and settlement conference services available to our community.
We also provide reasonably priced mediation training to enable people to incorporate collaborative dispute resolution into their personal and professional lives.
About the instructors:
Marc Steiner, M.A., has worked as a mediator and trainer for 20 years. He currently is the Training Coordinator for the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution where he trains and mentors adult mediators. His background is highlighted by his work with youth in family settings, schools, community programs, various juvenile justice settings, child protective agencies, and the courts. Prior to assuming his current position, Marc taught mediation skills at the University of New Mexico and has worked as a contract mediator and trainer for dispute resolutions centers throughout the U.S.
Maralise Hood Quan became the PCCDR Executive Director in 2007. Previously, she worked in Washington State Legislature and extensive experience as a conflict resolution trainer and consultant throughout US and in Latin America. She was the Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution Program at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. While there, she was instrumental in the success of such projects as the Central American Peace Education curriculum, World Conflict Resolution Center and the creation of the Central American Human Rights Ombudsman office. Maralise earned her BA in International Relations and Conflict Management. In 2008, she received her Juris Doctorate. Her current projects include the Washington State Council on Traumatic Brain Injury, where she serves as Vice Chair, Pierce County Housing Justice Project, Conexion Latina, Walk the Waterfront, and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls.
Dates: March 11-13, 25, 26, 2011.
Location: PCCDR, 738 Broadway, Tacoma. One block north of the Pantages Theater.
For more information, go to www.pccdr.org and click the Basic Mediation link. This will lead to a video showing the training and a registration form. Or call the PCCDR, 253.572.3657 and ask for Marc or Maralise.