The course will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The interactive course teaches practical, effective mediation skills applicable in general district court and other arenas for anyone interested in conflict resolution. Participants will learn and practice key skills in conflict resolution, interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation and structured problem-solving.
Lawrie Parker, the center’s veteran executive director, will lead the course, certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia
The cost is $350 per person registered by Feb. 14 and $400 thereafter. A $50 fee will be charged for cancellations.
Scholarships may be available for “Community Justice and Peacebuilding” volunteers. Mediation is part of Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center’s Community Justice & Peacebuilding program that works with courts, schools, businesses, law enforcement and residents.