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Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

Three-day mediation skills training workshop offered

Hands-on training in mediation skills will take place on three successive Saturdays beginning March 13 through Antelope Valley College’s Corporate and Community Services Office.

The training will be conducted 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 13, 20 and 27 in SC2 132, at the college, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Cost is $125, plus a $5 materials fee.

Participants will develop the necessary skills involved in convening and conducting mediations through role-playing, observation and practice of skill sets such as active listening and asking neutral questions.

The training will include historical origins of mediation and how the process and its derivatives compare with the traditional legal process. Other topics to be discussed will be the behavioral aspects of conflict and the continuum of problem-solving and communication skills.

Instructor for the course is Linda Hughes, who has almost two decades experience as a mediator and trainer in Southern California. She has a master’s degree in conflict management and a law degree.

Students may register online at http://www.avc.edu/academics/ccs/ or contact the Corporate and Community Services Office at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6584.

Upon request three days before the event, reasonable accommodation will be provided to facilitate the participation of covered individuals with disabilities.  Call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay).