training introduces participants to the process of mediation and the skills
of the mediator. Components include understanding conflict, effective
listening, communication, problem solving, as well as an overview of further
resources in these areas. Participants will learn the practical
applications of conflict-resolution theory through a hands-on, experiential
approach. The training employs extensive skill practice and role-plays,
and all participants receive direct feedback to enhance their skills.
training meets requirements for mediating court-referred cases and for
placement on the Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 114 Civil Law Roster of
Neutrals. Prticipants will gain the basic skills necessary to become
effective mediators and have opportunities for volunteer experience in
TRAINER: Milt Thomas has been practicing, studying, and training
in conflict management and mediation for over two decades. He has
been a trainer with U.S. Arbitration and Mediation of Minnesota since
1992, and with DR C since 1996. Milt has considerable experience
mediating workplace conflicts, community disputes, visitation issues in
divorce cases, and conciliation court cases. In addition
to Milt, experienced mediators will coach participants as they practice
WHEN: February 7th, 8th, and
8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
February 23rd noon to 5:00 P.M.
Community volunteer -- $150 (scholarships available)
Rule 114 Qualification + CLE credits--$300
leaders in Minnesota's Restorative Justice movement gather at the
Dispute Resolution Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration,
which created first "Kay Pranis Restorative Practices Award," recognizing
an individual or entity who has helped "build and rebuild human lives
and communities" in the East Metro area.
Shown with Kay (standing, left) are (also standing) Sue Stacey, MN
Department of Corrections, and Denise Breton, author, The Mystic Heart
of Justice. Seated (left-to-right) are Alice Lynch, BIHA Women
in Action, and Stephanie Barnett-Erickson, Hennepin County.