When: April 14, 15, 21, and 22 (four full days, 32 hours)
Where: Oregon State University Campus, room TBD
What: Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) Mediation is running a four day, 32 hour conflict resolution training workshop. This 32 hour training counts as a state recognized professional qualification for mediators. Participants will learn communication skills, effective interest-based negotiation, conflict resolution theory and mediation techniques from a highly skilled trainer. The training will include lots of interactive exercises and mediation practice with former graduates of the training program (many of whom are OSU students or alumni). Upon graduation, students will have a solid understanding of the causes of conflict, mediation techniques, the role of the mediator, the ethics of mediation, the “business” of mediation and cross-cultural considerations. This training will also prepare students to mediate basic on-campus and community disputes.
Why: Conflict is a normal and inescapable element of human relationships and institutions. It is important to remember, however, that conflict brings with it the potential for reflection and constructive change. Thus, it is essential that students be provided with the appropriate skills and venues to work through conflict that might arise in their personal, academic or professional lives. Traditional “chain of command” pathways for dealing with conflict in the university setting are intimidating for many students, often hard to negotiate, and can fail to take advantage of opportunities to transform personal relationships or spark systemic change. Student mediation offers an alternative form of conflict resolution that may be more accessible to the study body and can create more sustainable solutions to inter-personal and institutional conflict.
Who: Any OSU student can apply to take part in the free mediation training. As many as 24 students will be selected to participate!
How: Apply by filling out the Mediation Training Application – Due March 19 and sending it to Harmony Burright via email (email@example.com) or through campus mail (Wilkinson 104).