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Washington Mediation Association Newsletter

One of the fun opportunities with WMA is connecting with other like-minded
mediators.  A couple of times a year that happens face to face. There are two
great upcoming events. The first is a networking event at the Black Bottle on
Thursday, February 27th.  Later  March the WMA annual lunch and the Northwest ADR conference on March 29th. (details in this newsletter)
We want to enthusiastically encourage you to attend both events!
Whether you are a solo mediator or a DRC volunteer connecting with other
mediators is both stimulating and supportive – sometimes you give the support and
sometimes you get it. One of the great aspects of mediating is you don’t have
to worry about conversation at a confab – where could you find people who are
better listeners and talkers!
Treat yourself to a couple hours to recharge the batteries with a joyous and
energetic community of mediators. You deserve it!



February Event

Save the date for WMA’s next mediator social and networking event, co-sponsored by the King County Bar Association ADR Section!  
Enjoy great conversation, food and drink with WMA & KCBA.
Date:  February 27
Time:  5-7
Location:  Black Bottle, 2600 1st Avenue, Seattle



March 28-29, 2014
21st Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

For 21 years, the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference has offered a wonderful opportunity for attendees to learn new dispute resolution skills, share ideas with colleagues, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Several of this year’s thought-provoking sessions will be led by:

  • Ken Cloke, Director, Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Monica, California 
  • Peter Robinson, Managing Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu, California 
  • Michelle LeBaron, Professor of Law and Director, University of British Columbia Program on Dispute Resolution, Vancouver, British Columbia 
  • John Medina, Affiliate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine and Director, Seattle Pacific University’s Brain Center for Applied Research, Seattle, Washington

The conference program schedule will be finalized in early January 2014. Come back for more information about the complete agenda, speakers and registration information. 

To hear all the news first follow us @NWDRConference on Twitter and like the NWDR Conference Facebook page.


Attention WMA Members
All WMA Members are eligible to get a 20% discount by registering as part of the WMA Member Group for the Early Bird Group rate.
Email for information and how to register. 
The Early Bird Discount expires March 14th.

During the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference both members and non members are invited to join us to hear about what WMA is doing and participate in a networking social with live music. It will be held on March 28, 2014 @ 12:45 at the University of Washington School of Law.

Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties is offering:
Location and Dates: Pacific County : April 7th -11th 
Location and Dates: Grays Harbor County : May 1st-3rd & 8th-10th
Course Accreditation: CLE: 37.5 WSBA (4 ethics); CEU: 4 master’s credits WWU ; CE: Upon Request
For Registration Information Contact Donna at:  or phone: 360-532-8950

 Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish/Island/Skagit Counties is offering:
Crucial Conversations Training
Date: April 21-22, 2014
Location: DRC, 2801 Lombard Ave Everett WA 98201
Fee: $495 regular price, $450 for WMA members
Contact:  drctraining@voaww.org800-280-4770 x6
King County Bar Association ADR Section is offering the following:
Customize Your Opening Statement to Meet Parties Where They Are with Nina Meierding, MS, JD, Mediator, Trainer, Resolver of 4,000+ disputes.
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 11:45 AM -1:30 PM
Location: King County Bar Assn., 1200 5th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, Washington
CLEs pending:  1.5
Fee: The KCBA ADR Section is open to all professional mediators –not just attorneys–and only costs $40 per year. Your first program is free.  Students are always free.  If you are a member, you are able to stream any programs and have access to our webpage,

Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution is offering:
Basic Mediation Training (5-day training)
Location:738 Broadway Suite 400, Tacoma WA 98402
Dates: March 7-9 and 21-22, 2014
Time:8:30 am – 5:30 pm 
37.75 CLE credits (7.75 ethics)*, 37.5 Clock Hour credits,
Marriage & family/mental health/social workers   37.5 CEU credits (This workshop has been approved for 37.5 CEUs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Provider number is #1975-278).
Registration fee: $700 (* $125 additional for CLE credits.)
Early Bird Registration: $650 (at least 10 days prior to start of BMT paid in full)
Special group rate: $550 per person for 3 or more from the same organization.
For more information or to register, contact
Thurston County DRC offers:
Facilitating Effective Meetings Training
Date: February 27 -28
Times: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Cost: $300.00 per participant or $200 current DRC volunteers.
 For more information or to register:, call (360) 956-1155 or email
Collaborative Negotiations Training
Dates: March 26 – 28
Times: Wednesday, 1-5 pm - Thursday & Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Cost: $350 general or $225 for current DRC volunteers.
For more information or to register:, call (360) 956-1155 or email

The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is offering:
Basic Mediation Training a 40-hour interactive learning experience over 6 days, with course materials provided.
Dates:April 11-13, 25-27, 2014
Registration fee: is $550 per person.
For early registration (March 21, 2014) with payment in full, the cost is $500 per person.
For groups of 3 or more persons from the same organ-ization registration is $400 per individual.
Our training is approved for 38.25 CLE’s (7 ethics) for lawyers, 40 Clock Hours for educators.
For more information about continuing education credits or questions about registration, please contact the Center at 509-888-0957 or email

 Whatcom County DRC is offering:
Understanding Conflict: A Six-Hour Workshop over Two Days 
 Dates: February 27 and March 6, 2014
Times: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: 13 Prospect St. Suite 201, Bellingham.
Registration: The Understanding Conflict Workshop is offered quarterly and pre-registration is required.
Fee: $75.00
 Professional Mediation Training
Cost: $595, Early bird rate: $550
Spring session (Early bird deadline is May 21)
Dates: June 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27
Times: Wednesdays 1 – 5pm Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 6pm
Fall session (Early bird deadline is Sept. 17)
Dates: October 15, 16 & 17 and 22, 23 & 24
Times: Wednesdays 1 – 5pm Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 6pm

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