Training & Education

Mediation is collaborativeThe Dispute Resolution Center provides a variety of training programs, seminars, and workshops to improve your skills, teach you to become a facilitative mediator, or help you with communication at work or home. We offer presentations and skill-building workshops for the community on a regular basis or at your request. We can design customized training for your company, work team, or department to address specific issues.

The DRC also provides an in-depth and rigorous Basic Mediation Training and Mediation Practicum for those interested in learning to become a facilitative, interest-based mediator. The Basic Mediation Training provides grounding and foundation in the facilitative model that is used in the dispute resolution centers in Washington and throughout the United States. Training in the facilitative mediation model is very interactive with a mix of theory, discussion, and small group practice to help students integrate the skills. Students may apply for the Mediation Practicum twice a year through a competitive process. The Mediation Practicum program at the Dispute Resolution Center is a highly-regarded, innovative model that provides students with mentoring from experienced senior mediators.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Dispute Resolution Center of King County is committed to offering affordable mediation training to residents of King County. If you live or work in King County and need financial assistance to enable you to attend training, please submit 2014 Financial Assistance Scholarship Application Form no less than 6 weeks prior to the start of training.

A schedule for all trainings can be found on the Classes & Events page.