*Basic Transformative Mediation Training*

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County is offering basic mediation training over two
weekends: July 10, 11, 17 & 18, at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

New York CLE 36 credits (1.5 ethics, 34.5 skills) and 35 NASW-NY CEU credits.

The Mediation Center provides training based on the premises of the relational world view and that:

-- Conflict is a universal human experience which represents a crisis in human interaction.
-- Conflicts can be destabilizing, making people less sure of themselves, defensive and suspicious of others.
-- Conflict is an opportunity. People have the capacity to change and as
people become clearer, calmer, and more responsive to each other, they
are able to interact and make decisions in more constructive ways.

The fee for the training is $750 ($550 for Dutchess County residents). Groups of three or more people from the same organization
will receive a 25% discount for each person. Professional
apprenticeship is available as well for $750 which includes working
with an experienced mediator in small claims courts, video role plays,
and in-service training.

The Mediation Center’s training is provided by a team of experienced mediators and trainers led by a New York State Unified
Court Certified Mediation Trainer with 20 years of experience. The
trainers are:

*Jody B. Miller* who has 21 years of experience in the mediation field, conducting mediation, training, and education for
a wide variety of groups. She is a certified mediation trainer through
the NYS Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement
Programs, an appointed member of the NYS Mediation Ethics Advisory
Committee and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict
Transformation at Hofstra Law School and is co-founder of the Domestic
Violence and Mediation Safety Project with Dr. Dee DePorto. She is the
Center’s Executive Director.

*Alice O. Mann* who has extensive training in elder mediation and issues affecting older adults including those of the LGBTQ community,
elder abuse, and caregiving, among others. She is a member of the
Relative as Parents Program (RAPP) Advisory Committee and coordinates
the Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County. She is an attorney
with 20 years of experience in public interest law. She is the Center’s
Elder Program Manager.

*Bill Valente* who works with 14 town, village, and city courts as well as coordinating the volunteer mediator apprenticeship program. He
conducts training for youth, employees in the workplace and seniors
through the Neighborly Networking series. Bill also provides mediation
in Spanish and is currently an MSW candidate in the social work program
at Adelphi University. He is the Center’s Community Program Manager.

For more information about the training see the attached documents or go to our web site at www.dutchessmediation.org.

To sign up or if you have any questions contact Community Program Manager
Bill Valente at the Mediation Center at (845) 471-7213 or bvalente@dutchessmediation.org.

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