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Probate Mediation Training

Date: Thursday May 14th & Friday May 15th, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm - (Registration 8-8:30 am)
Location: The Ainsworth House - 19130 Lot Whitcomb Dr., Oregon City, OR 97045

This training will equip participants with the necessary context to mediate probate cases in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties. Additional requirements may apply to serve on the probate mediation roster in your community.

Topics include:
  • Understanding Diminished Capacity
  • Working with People with Disabilities in Mediation
  • Family Dynamics
  • Issues in Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Elder Abuse Reporting
  • Issues in Probate - Will Contests, Administration Disputes, Trust Disputes

Speakers include:
  • Judge Andrew R. Erwin, Chief Probate Judge in Washington County
  • Katie Garman, RN, BSN, Court Visitor
  • Joshua Kadish, JD, Wyse Kadish LLP
  • Judge John B. Lewis, retired Washington County District & Circuit Trial Judge
  • Lauren Mac Neill, JD, LCSW, Community and Family Mediator
  • Meg Nightingale, JD, Experienced Probate Mediator and Trainer
  • Stephen Owen, JD, Sole Practitioner in Elder Law & Probate Matters
  • Judge Katherine Tennyson, Chief Probate Judge in Multnomah County
  • Troy Wood, Oregon State Bar, Assistant General Counsel & Client Assistance Office Attorney

Hosted by:       Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center and Clackamas County Resolution Services

Sponsored by: The Elder Law and ADR sections of the Oregon State Bar

Cost:                $400

Prerequisite:    Participants must have completed a basic mediation course

To register:      Fill out the online application.

***CLE credit for course pending approval

Conflict Resolution Courses

What is the nature of conflict? What are our instincts doing to us to keep us from resolving our differences?  How can we communicate more constructively during conflict? These questions are answered in our interactive workshops where participants explore topics such as why communication breaks down, how we can build better relationships, and how to express emotions appropriately. 

Location:    Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005
Dates:         June series: June 9, June 22, June 30 
                   July series: July 14, July 21, July 28
Time:          10 am to 1 pm
Cost:           Free

Registration is required for all courses. To register for one or all of the classes, fill out the online registration form or download the PDF file. For more information, contact the Dispute Resolution Center at (503) 526-2523 or

Understanding the Nature of Conflict
June 9 & July 14
Conflicts occur when people disagree over their values, motivations, perceptions, ideas or desires. This interactive workshop looks at how conflicts can cause breakdowns in communication and hurt relationships. We will explore the nature of conflict and the instinctual and neurobiological conditions that keep conflicts from getting resolved.

Building Emotional Intelligence
June 22 & July 21
Emotional intelligence grows as we develop the ability and skills to recognize, understand, and use emotions successfully when managing our day-to-day interactions with others. This workshop will concentrate on the four basic core competencies of emotional intelligence: 
self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness and relationship management.

Practicing Conflict Competence
June 30 & July 28
This final class ties all the classes together by connecting elements of previous workshops into more practical experiences, using real scenarios of communication breakdowns. Participants will focus primarily on identifying their own conflict behaviors and styles and practice ways to reframe the conversation towards open and constructive dialogue.

Reviews for Conflict Resolution Workshops

This was THE BEST training I have been to in a long while.  The opportunities to role play with the “experts” was fantastic.

It was such a good training. Inspirational.

Everything our instructor taught was very applicable in both our work life and personal life. I found it valuable to learn how to "hold my ground" and to ask questions that get the point across w/o sounding offensive.

The Dispute Resolution Center has a commitment to teach citizens about effective collaboration, group decision-making, and the nature, management and resolution of conflict, which is part of our everyday lives. We give talks and offer custom trainings to professional organizations, homeowners associations, clubs, neighborhood associations, manufactured dwelling parks, business groups, schools, etc. Please give us a call at (503) 526-2523 if we can be of service