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. Click here to be added to our email list and receive announcements for Continuing Education opportunities.

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


Active Listening Skills

Framing and Reframing

Breaking Impasse


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 is currently taking a break as we all explore some self-compassion. We encourage you to checkout Compassionate Listening Portland on Facebook as well as the Compassionate Listening Project to learn more about this important work.

Click here to be added to our email list about Compassionate Listening practice group sessions and events. Please contact us if you would like one-on-one coaching to build great listening skills.

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.