Mediation workshop teaches principles of negotiation, conflict resolution

Hand-drawn cartoon shows a cat and dog sitting across a round table. Cat with satisfied look on face is scratching its claw on the table. Mediator sitting between them grits her teeth. Her hair stands on end and her eyes bug out. Caption reads "She began to wonder if they were beyond mediation."
Workshop topics include the mediation process, understanding and managing conflict, using mediation for different types of disputes, and strategies for difficult negotiations.

A 30-hour mediation workshop May 1-4 in Evanston trains participants to become certified mediators through the Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Program.

The program helps Wyoming citizens resolve disputes through a voluntary, confidential, low-cost and time-saving process, said Kimberly Chapman, University of Wyoming Extension community development educator. See bit.ly/MediationWY.

The workshop at Western Wyoming Community College in Evanston covers the basics of negotiation and introductory mediation skills.

The fee is $250 until April 19 and $275 after. The fee includes workshop materials, beverage breaks and two lunches.  Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

Agricultural mediation can be used for farm debt and credit disputes, grazing permit reduction or suspension, and USDA program issues, such as disaster payments and crop insurance. Mediators can also help agricultural producers with business and neighbor-to-neighbor disputes and conflicts involving easements, access, estate planning and split estate issues.

Mediators do not act as judges, deciding right or wrong. Instead, trained mediators help disputing parties come together, explore options and find mutually agreeable solutions. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the mediation process.

The mediation workshop is sponsored by UW Extension Community Development Education and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Mediation Program. Continuing legal education credits are available.

For more information, contact Chapman at the UW Extension Uinta County office at 307-783-0570 or kichapman@uintacounty.com.