Increase the Peace – Basic Mediation Training Starts September 28

The non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is pleased to announce its fall “Basic Mediation Training” in Hilo.  Facilitated by Diane Petropulos and Catherine Lampton, the training spans two consecutive weekends, September 28 and 29 and October 5 and 6.

Diane Petropulos (front row, second from right) and Catherine Lampton (front row, far right) will facilitate a 28-hour “Basic Mediation Training” starting September 28.  Community members who would like to learn how to effectively manage and resolve conflict are invited to attend.

Diane Petropulos (front row, second from right) and Catherine Lampton (front row, far right) will facilitate a 28-hour “Basic Mediation Training” starting September 28. Community members who would like to learn how to effectively manage and resolve conflict are invited to attend.

In Basic Mediation Training, participants learn a variety of approaches for dealing with people in conflict—through lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and mock mediation practice.

“Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way,” said Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

The 28-hour training offers instruction in the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills—such as active listening, summarizing and rephrasing, and using open-ended questions—in order to help parties resolve their differences.

“People in conflict often focus on each other as the problem, going head to head.  Mediation helps people focus on the issues, not on each other, so they can see that they have a joint problem to solve,” stated Mitchell.

“This training is perfect for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively at work and at home, become a better negotiator and problem-solver, and increase your value in the workplace,” Mitchell added.  “No particular background or personality is needed—all are welcome.”

Diane Petropulos, M.A., is a lead mediator with Mediation Services of Maui and handles cases both in court and at the agency. She is actively involved in providing Basic Mediation Training and follow-up mentoring for new mediators, as well as advanced workshops for experienced mediators.  Petropulos has extensive background in legal education as the former director of the Attorney Assistant Program (paralegal and conflict resolution coursework) at Sonoma State University.

Catherine Lampton is a mentor mediator with Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  She has mediated extensively on a wide range of civil issues and has facilitated meetings for the County Council, Hawai‘i Police Department, Department of Public Works, community associations, non-profits, and more.  Lampton was the Coordinator of Ho‘olaulima Student Mediation Center at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo/Hawai‘i Community College.  She has lead and co-lead numerous mediation trainings.

“Basic Mediation Training” tuition is $250, which includes training materials.  To register or for more information, contact Julie Mitchell at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 x 116 or julie@hawaiimediation.org.  Applications are available online at www.hawaiimediation.org.

 

 

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