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The Mediation Program annually offers several training opportunities for mediators and the general public. To be added to the training listserve, email Lucy Pauley at


Facilitation Basics & Essentials for Public Participation
April 7, 8, & 9, 2015 - Cheyenne, WY

Facilitation Basics: Getting Results with Groups
Facilitation is more than just a "soft skill" nice for leaders to have, but rather a core competency essential for achieving results in groups. From planning an agenda, setting up the right meeting space, engaging participants and managing problem behavior, these skills will make the teams you lead more productive and effective, and better stewards of your most important resource: your time.

At the end of the class participants will be able to:
*Define the role of the facilitator and the characteristics of an effective facilitator
*Identify the key principles of facilitation and the factors that make facilitated meetings a success
*Describe the best practices related to various meeting management and group process skills
*Observe and receive tools for a number of facilitation techniques and skills

Essentials for Public Participation
Public participation and community input-gathering are increasing in both importance and complexity. Citizens want and need to be engaged in decisions that impact them, and those who manage community engagement need the process to be respectful, positive and useful, creating the best possible outcomes for all concerned. This class will focus on the planning, communication, and facilitation skills necessary for professionals working in public participation.

At the end of the class participants will be able to:
*Communicate the relevance and benefits of public participation
*Define public participation and what distinguishes it from other disciplines
*Plan and communicate a variety of ways to engage stakeholders in decisions and input-gathering
*Recognize the facilitation skills needed in public participation and begin to implement them

Workshop registration: $125 per person per class, or $200 per person for both classes. Registration includes lunch & refreshments on the first two days and refreshments on the final day.

For more information, contact Tara Kuipers, UW Extension at or (307) 527-8560.

Basic Mediation Training: May 4-7, 2015
Cheyenne, WY

Interested in learning how to be a mediator?  Join us for a four-day workshop on May 4-7, 2015 and learn the basics of integrated negotiation and introductory mediation skills. Upon completion of this 30-hour workshop, participants will be certified to mediate through the Wyoming Agriculture & Natural Resources Mediation Program.

Topics to be covered include:
• Understanding and managing conflict
• Principles and stages of integrative negotiation
• Strategies for difficult negotiations
• Communication theory
• Steps of the mediation process
• Use of mediation for a variety of disputes
• And more!

The cost for the workshop is $250.00 which includes materials and two lunches. Space in the workshop is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you'd like more information or to register, contact Lucy Pauley at (307) 777-8788 or email

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