Upcoming Training


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, several Organizations have adapted trainings to take place over internet connections. Please contact the training director of your local DRC for details.

Center for Dialog & Resolution


Would you like to serve as a mediator in your family, workplace, or community? Are you interested in learning the skills and strategies mediators use to enhance your ability to manage difficult conversations? Either way, this training program is for you!

Basic Mediation Training

Center for Dialog & Resolution (CDR) offers their signature Mediation course that will teach you the processes of mediation, communication skills, and peaceful conflict resolution.

What you will learn: 

  • Conflict resolution and concepts
  • The 8-stage mediation model
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Mediator role and ethics
  • Negotiation
  • Identifying interests, values and basic needs

Demonstrating the skills taught in this 40-hour class will enable you to explore peaceful and constructive approaches to conflict in the workplace, home, and your community.

37.75 CLE credits or 37.5 clock hours available. Recognized for Continued Learning Credits (CLE, CEU, PDC, Clock Hours) by:

  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors
  • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Educators
  • This course meets the requirements for Washington Mediation Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Next Trainings: 

Summer: July 7-9 and 14-16

Autumn: September 28-30  and October 12-14

Trainings take place 8:30 am—5:30 pm at the Center For Dialog & Resolution Program

Fees: General registration: $700
Early bird: $650
Group rate: $550/person for 3 or more from the same organization
37.75 CLE credits: $125

Register now by filling out the form online at https://centerforresolution.org/


For information on other trainings and special events,  contact: www.CenterForResolution.org

Community Mediation Services in Clark County

For registration information and updates on trainings contact: info@mediationclarkcounty.org

DRC of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

For information on training and special events, CONTACT: 360-532-8950; drcghp@drcghp.org

DRC of King County

KCDRC has paused its Practicum Program, if you are in need of completing this critical step in the certification process, please see the DRC website for application details.

DRC of Kitsap County

Fall 40-hour Professional Mediation Training
is now scheduled for September 23rd-October 2nd 2021
(original dates: September 16-25, 2021)

This 40-hour mediation course is designed to acquaint participants with the philosophy, concepts, process model and specific behavioral skills needed as a beginning mediator, and for mastering essential conflict management skills. What you learn will be core building blocks toward practicing collaborative, interest-based mediation model and for transforming conflict & communication skills in both your personal and professional life.

This 40-hour training meets or exceeds the regional and national standards for professional mediation training toward certification.

  • Master a step-by-step process to assist parties in conflict
  • Engage in simulated mediations applicable to attorneys, managers, employers, real estate professionals, families, etc.
  • Gain skills in conflict assessment, negotiation, open-ended questioning, and neutrality valuable to your professional and personal life

33.75 CLE credits, including 4.0 ethics credits ($25 filing fee); Teacher Clock Hours. Workforce approved training. Student & group discounts available. Please email Sophie@kitsapdrc.org for more information on discounts and scholarship opportunities.


Restorative Circles Trainings for 2021

This three day experiential training will prepare participants to be able to facilitate “Circles” within their communities, in schools, and in juvenile justice settings. Attendees will learn and practice the fundamental elements of circle keeping, such as establishing shared values, the use of ritual and a talking object, relationship, and trust building, and creating a safe space. The circle process is designed to encourage mutual understanding in a wide variety of settings. 

Cost: Regular Tuition $490
Group Rate (2 or more) $415
DRC Volunteer Rate $300
Dates: July 8-10, 2021
Times: Thursday-Saturday 8:30am to 5pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Register: http://www.kitsapdrc.org/
Questions? Call Sue Miglino at 360-265-7220

For a full list of 2021 Trainings and In-Services offered by Kitsap County Dispute Resolution Center, please call or visit the website at https://www.kitsapdrc.org/conflict.training.php


DRC Snohomish County 

Contact DRC for additional information or to register  


Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County

40-Hour Professional Mediation Training – Online Training

This online training course is for anyone who wants to help others solve conflicts more peacefully, build relationships with neighbors, co-workers, and friends, strengthen professional skills, or become a certified mediator with the DRC. Over the course of 40 hours, you will learn the philosophy, process, and practice of a neutral facilitator. The concepts and skills taught are easily transferable and are designed to improve communication in all settings. ​

Dates & Times: April 22-24 & 29 and May 1, 2021 Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm
Cost: $675.00
Credits: 35 CLE / 40 Clock Hours Washington State Educators ($20 Processing Fee)
Contact: info@mediatethurston.org or call (360) 956-1155 for more information.

Additional trainings are being scheduled for late summer, fall and into 2021. Please check the website listed on our Find a Mediator page.

Contact: For registration and information on upcoming events, please email: jmiller@mediatethurston.org or call (360) 956-1155

Northwest Mediation Center

20 Hour Advanced Divorce Mediation Training (Interactive Online Format)

Take your family mediation skills and practice to the next level with this 20-hour advanced divorce and separation mediation training with a nationally-recognized expert in the field, master trainer Robert Kirkman Collins. By the end of the training, participants will be grounded with the legal information, financial tools, mediation interventions, and personal dynamics required to act competently in this complex field. The training will cover parenting plans, child support, asset division, spousal support, taxes, insurance, and divorce filing procedures.

Having facilitated many successful ‘virtual’ mediation trainings over the past year, we feel confident that this online format will allow for a lively and effective learning environment. Wherever you may be in the state, country, or world, we hope you’ll join us!

  • DATES/TIMES: June 25th(1-5 PM), June 26th and 27th (9 AM–6 PM)
  • LOCATION: Zoom/Virtual Learning Format
  • REGISTRATION FEE: $495 (payment plans available)
  • CLE/ETHICS CREDITS: Yes. Training qualified for CLE Credit, including 3.0 hours Ethics (Pending)
  • PREREQUISITE: Completion of a 36-40 hour Basic Mediation Training course

INFORMATION/REGISTER: 509-456-0103 or https://www.nwmediationcenter.com/20-hour-mediation-training

INFORMATION/REGISTER: 509-456-0103 or https://www.nwmediationcenter.com/


Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Tools for Tough Conversations – varies by topic
This is a training series for past participants of conflict training programs. Tools for Tough Conversations provides practical tips on applying conflict de-escalation and communication skills at home, work, or in the community. Each supportive learning session is designed to refresh you on key conflict awareness and assertiveness skills and provides ample practice time using scenarios, worksheets and group learning activities, all with the help of trained mediators & facilitators.

2021 Schedule:
Tuesday, March 2 –
Prepare for & Respond to Stress & Conflict
Tuesday, March 16 –
Learn to Listen Fully
Tuesday, April 20 – Explore Biases, Identify Opportunities for Inclusion
Tuesday, May 25 – Practice Speaking Up When it Matters Most
Tuesday, June 29 – Find Common Ground in Times of Difference
Tuesday, July 20 – Respond with Poise in Moments of Crisis

***All Courses in 2021 to be held Virtually from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

Course Fee: $40 for a single class, $200 for the series
Registration Details: www.whatcomdrc.org

Offering a variety of online trainings.
For more information or questions, please contact our training coordinator at 360-676-0122 or email training@whatcomdrc.org