Whether you are a current mediator with years of experience, a newly trained mediator, or simply interested in learning new skills and ways of managing conflict, OMA and our partners have opportunities for you! Mediators need a diverse set of skills including active listening and paraphrasing, emotion management, precise writing skills, cross-cultural competency, and more. Please select from one of the choices below to best meet your ongoing training needs.
OMA’s Calendar of Workshops, Training, and Events
OMA is happy to offer several opportunities every year for members and community members to develop skills and learn together. Our biggest event is the yearly fall conference (held in early November) but we also host a summer retreat and a yearly spring training. Visit our calendar for upcoming events near you.
Private practitioners and all of Oregon’s many community dispute resolution centers host workshops throughout the year. These events are a great way to build skills for managing conflict across your life. Whether you hope to become a professional mediator or just want some tools to use with your favorite teen, we’re here to help! Our calendar lists upcoming events including those hosted by OMA members and community partners.
Oregon is lucky to have its Universities involvement and commitment to developing our state’s conflict resolution skills. The university-based programs listed here offer a range of opportunities from single classes to Master’s degree programs. Here is a list of the many university based conflict resolution programs.
Quality in Training:
Not all learning opportunities are created equal! To ensure quality trainings, OMA has published guidelines for best practice for mediation related trainings. If you are interested in creating a training or just want to vet a potential workshop for its quality, consider these Model Guidelines for Mediator Education, Training, and Experience.
Additional Groups and Resources
Beyond OMA, there is a whole world of professionals and organizations who are working towards our shared goals of peaceful resolution. For more information on these groups as well as resources for developing your own professional mediation practice, please see the Other Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Associations page. Finally, while many events are listed on our calendar, it’s always smart to check with your local Community Dispute Resolution Center for more ways to get involved and learn close to home.
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