Community Solutions (CS) - in partnership with the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA) - is sponsoring this one-day workshop on conflict de-escalation and constructive communication. Toolz for Tough Conversations - Toolz - prepares individuals, organizations, and communities for civil discourse on today's most divisive issues. Join CS on Saturday June 23 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Father Luke's Room. An artisanal sandwich buffet lunch is included in your cost to attend the workshop. Want to know more? Read on.
Join us for another Mediators Roundtable discussion! We will be meeting on Wednesday May 30th from 11 am to 12 pm in the large conference room adjacent to our offices in the Rosie Bareis Community Campus at 1029 NW 14th Street in Bend. The Executive Director will facilitate the discussion and refreshments will be available. Please note that due to construction on NW 14th Street, we do recommend you come early to find parking along NW Kingston Avenue or another nearby cross street.
Community Solutions is hosting our Spring Mediators Quarterly (MQ) social on Friday, April 27 2018 beginning at 5:00 pm. This event includes a BBQ chicken feast while we meet Board Members, welcome new volunteer mediators, and talk shop with the Executive Director about all things new in Oregon dispute resolution!
Join us for another Mediators Roundtable discussion! We'll be meeting on Wednesday 4-4-2018 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the 'sanctuary' large conference room across the street from our offices in the Rosie Bareis Community Campus at 1010 NW 14th Street in Bend. The Executive Director will facilitate the discussion and refreshments will be available. Please note: Due to construction on NW 14th Street, we do recommend you come early to find parking along NW Kingston Avenue or another nearby cross street.
Interested in becoming a mediator? Our Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course can place you on the right path. Mediators are essential contributors in helping people constructively communicate during life's difficult moments. Serving as neutral third parties, mediators help individuals, businesses and communities identify needs and craft solutions to a wide range of issues and disputes. This course incorporates aspects of mediation theory and principles practiced by Oregon-based community dispute resolution centers (CDRC), all of which provide programs and services in line with Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 36. For more on ORS 36 'Mediation and Arbitration, click here.
Join us for our first Mediators Roundtable discussion of 2018! We'll be meeting on Wednesday 1-31-2018 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in the large conference room adjacent to our offices located at 1029 NW 14th Street, suite 104 in Bend. The Executive Director will host the discussion and refreshments will be available.
Announcing two new additions to our Board of Directors; Will Van Vactor and Mary Lynn Jones. Both Will and Mary Lynn have already engaged in a wealth of organizational matters and their professional insights and expertise are obvious. Welcome to Community Solutions Will and Mary Lynn! We appreciate your willingness to serve as leaders and advocates for our important community mission of 'helping people have difficult conversations.' For more, read on.
Following our most recent Basic Mediation Training (BMT) course, four students signed up as new volunteer mediators for our organization. All are Bend-area residents with a variety of backgrounds to include one nonprofit Board member, an IT business manager, a college professor, and college student. Welcome all!
The Community Solutions BMT course is structured in two parts. Part 1 is web-based with course content provided via a Trainee Portal on our website. Part 2 is a practicum with course content provided via instruction at the Becky Johnson Community Center (BJCC) in Redmond. This includes classroom instruction, group discussions, and role play settings. Part 1 commences on your enrollment date through Friday, March 24, 2017; Part 2 commences Friday – Sunday, March 31 – April 2, 2017 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily at BJCC. For details on enrollment, costs, online access, and more read on...we have 16 seats for trainees, so be sure to enroll today!
Our Mediators Quarterly meeting for volunteers will include an organizational update from the Executive Director, Gary Winterstein, this time with emphasis on our organization's performance 'by the numbers.' This includes a review of total people served, cases, agreement rates, and volunteer contributions over the past Fiscal Year (FY)
The Executive Director, Gary Winterstein attended the quarterly Oregon Association of Community Dispute Resolution Centers (OACDRC) forum held in Portland. Oregon. A facilitated discussion with the aid of Oregon Consensus focused members on critical legislative issues.
We're sponsoring our first BMT course of the year. See the 'BMT announcement' link below for details on location, cost, rebates, and more! To apply, email ‘BMT’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org and receive an application form along with additional information.