Continuing Education

Six Rivers strives to inspire learning and involvement by teaching conflict resolution skills to our community. Our educational opportunities focus personal development of skills such as active listening, detoxifying language, and identifying interests. In teaching these important lessons, we strive to create a strong foundation for our mediators and community members to work from in promoting healthy conflict resolution.

Interested in developing your conflict resolution skills? Six Rivers has a variety of skill building opportunities through our Continuing Education classes. Whether your goals are to become a paid mediation practitioner or improve your listening or negotiation skills, these classes, led by local professionals and mediators, will provide amazing learning experiences for you. Scroll down to see our current calendar. Click here to be added to our email list and receive announcements for Continuing Education opportunities.

Our next continuing education class is: Changing Mindsets Workshop

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6-8pm

Where: Hood River Public Library Basement Meeting Room

What: This collaborative seminar takes Stanford Professor’s Carol Dweck’s definitions of fixed and growth mindset and applies it to mediation. The job of a mediator includes changing our client’s mindset from fixed to growth mindset. We help our clients get unstuck by getting them to explore options and shift their perspectives. This interactive workshop teaches, and asks, how to move people from seeing the same, limited options to seeing opportunities for change. We encourage attendees to pick up Dweck’s book, Mindset, or look at her website and Ted Talk, but don’t worry if you don’t have time. Ruth will share a variety of tools on how you can bring growth mindset to the mediation room, classroom, workplace, or to daily life. This workshop is geared towards mediators, but will be applicable to attorneys, teachers, counselors, teachers, and more. If you have ever wondered how to move your clients, employees, students, or yourself out of being stuck...we hope to see you there!

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Examples of past classes include:

• Effective Caucusing

• Balancing Power

• Engaging Youth in Conflict Resolution

• Listening to Non-verbals

• Mediation and Counseling

• Culture and Conflict

• Conflict Coaching

• Impartiality

• Active Listening Skills

• Framing and Reframing

• Breaking Impasse

• Co-Mediation

• Workplace Mediation

• Cross Culture Mediation

• Youth Mediation through Wasco County Youth Services

• Manufactured Community Dwelling Mediation

• Contract Law and Mediation

• Communication Education

• Mandatory Reporter Training


Feeling like your mediation skills are a little rusty? Want to get more mediation experience before you start mediating real cases? Mediation Practice Groups are a wonderful way to further your mediation skills by practicing with other volunteers. During practice groups you will be asked to participate in mediation role plays and will not only gain experience in mediation, but will also be presented with opportunities to learn from other volunteers with varying levels of expertise.

Practice groups start by brainstorming areas or concepts that participants would like to focus on for the session and then move into informal mediation role plays. After the role play is complete, the group will devote time to discussing techniques and methods and their efficacy. Mediation Practice Groups will allow you to stay current and comfortable in your practice to ensure skilled and experienced mediators for our community. Click here to be added to our email list and receive announcements for Mediation Practice Group opportunities.

Listen with greater compassion. Learn how to avoid defensiveness and blame. Intervene with wisdom from heart-to-heart listening by attuning to the energy of conflict. Find connection, collaboration, and sustainable solutions.

Our Compassionate Listening practice group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Please check our calendar for any changes. Open to the community, all are welcome!

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Mission Statement

By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.

By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.

By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.

By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.