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Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

13 Prospect St. #201, Bellingham, WA



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Upcoming Events

Understanding Conflict Workshop


This workshop is designed to develop participant’s awareness of their approach to conflict, and to increase their skills to better manage conflict as it arises. The course is applicable to the home, community, and workplace. Learning objectives: • Listen actively and assert your needs. • Understand your response to conflict. • Communicate effectively in high-stress situations. Registration: contact the Program Manager at 360-676-0122 or e-mail


• Wed 8/22/18 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Wed 8/29/18 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Family Mediation Training


A 3-day skill-building course in mediating conflicts between separated & divorcing couples. Learning Outcomes: Handling emotionally volatile situations. Helping parents prioritize children’s needs. Techniques for assisting in creating & modifying mutually agreeable parenting plans. Techniques for difficult family cases. Advanced Communication Strategies. Topics Covered: Dissolution process. Asset & debt division. Effects of divorce on children. Power, control, and domestic violence. Cycle of emotion associated with grief. Mediation process specific to families. Course fee: $350, $300 for those registered by March 12, 2018 ($100 deposit needed to register). CLE Credits available for an additional $50. Prerequisite: 36-40 hours of Professional Mediation Training. To register, contact (360) 676-0122 or Or, register online at Course Instructor: Deborah Forgays, PhD. Deborah has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and is currently a Professor in Psychology at Western Washington University. Her teaching and research have focused on issues important to children, adolescents and families. She obtained her community and family mediation certifications through the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center in Bellingham. Additional instructors include: Moonwater, WDRC Executive Director, Leon F. Henley, Jr., Whatcom County Superior Court Commissioner, and WDRC family mediators.


• Wed 9/12/18 - Fri 9/14/18 at 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM