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Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

13 Prospect St. #201, Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-676-0122

Website:
whatcomdrc.org

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Upcoming Events

Exploring Equity and Cultural Humility

Talks/Lectures

This workshop inspires and empowers participants to grow and engage in activities that: - Honor human diversity. - Promote cultural self-awareness and understanding. - Engage in cross-cultural learning activities to gain in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of ethnic and cultural groups. - Examine historical and institutional power of the “isms” - racism, sexism, classism, etc. Registration: 360-676-0122, training@whatcomdrc.org, or https://www.whatcomdrc.org/reach-workshop/. Instructor - Julie Mauermann has worked in the early childhood education field for over 25 years, implementing programming in public school, community college and public library settings with a focus on equity and increasing inclusion of all young children and their families. She works in Bellingham as a children’s library specialist and coordinator of the Whatcom Early Learning Alliance, and is a Kaleidoscope Play & Learn trainer. She is a senior trainer for the REACH Center. - Monica Koller is the Principle Consultant at Children's CommUNITY, an organization that provides equity and inclusivity education for children, families, and youth organizations. A Bay Area CA native, Monica earned her graduate degree in counseling from SFSU and has enjoyed working in social services for 15+ years. Her passions include actively engaging in lifelong learning, snuggling with her two young children, and crafting. REACH Center: For more than 30 years the REACH Center, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization, has positioned itself as one of the most respected establishments to provide cultural diversity services.

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• Thu 5/31/18 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Managing Conflict as a Co-Parent

Talks/Lectures

This course is designed to help divorced, separated, and never married parents and custodians build skills to manage emotions, be heard, communicate effectively, and reduce co-parenting conflicts. Participants will learn how to: • Identify stresses and triggers. • Appropriately manage anger. • Effectively use a variety of conflict strategies. • Express needs in an assertive, interest-based manner. • Promote healthy communication techniques. The workshop will assist individuals to manage conflict in their lives safely and productively. Registration: 360-676-0122, training@whatcomdrc.org or https://www.whatcomdrc.org/coparentingworkshop/. About the Instructors: Angus McLane, M.A. Angus is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned a MA in Counseling Psychology in 1986 from Gonzaga University. He has worked in community mental health, private practice, and state service and has extensive experience in child and adolescent therapy, adolescent sex offender treatment, family systems and juvenile corrections. He has trained in multiple evidence based practices such as Functional Family Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, Incredible Years, Motivational Interviewing and Project Safecare. Angus is currently a licensed trainer for Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and he travels extensively to train agency staff in this model. He has taught the class, Helping Children Through Family Changes, for the WDRC since 1993. 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.

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• Tue 6/5/18 at 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Family Mediation Training

Talks/Lectures

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 training@whatcomdrc.org. Or, register online at https://www.whatcomdrc.org/familymediationtraining/. 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.

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