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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


Webinar: Mediating Business Disputes - When the Business is Family Business
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
11:30 a.m.
To RSVP, contact Lucy Pauley at

Here's the situation: You’ve been called to mediate a dispute between partners in a ranching operation. The partnership is being dissolved and the partners are each taking a portion of the ranch to operate on their own. They’ve been working with an attorney and an accountant but now they are stuck on some of the less tangible parts of the operation. They’d like to sit down with a mediator and see if they can work out the rest of the agreement. By the way, the two partners are siblings.

Does that last sentence change the way you approach the mediation session? Should it? You may not consider yourself a family mediator; you don’t mediate divorces or child custody issues. Those types of conflicts should and do require specialized training. But what happens when you find yourself in a session with family members involving elder care, ag family estate planning or a small business? During this webinar, we’ll talk about some of the complications that crop up in these mediations and brainstorm strategies and techniques to help you make the process as effective as it can be.

Facilitation Basics & Essentials for Public Participation
February 18, 19 & 20, 2015 - Cody, WY
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.

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