Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center

~ Your community resource for conflict resolution services

Basic Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training

Nov 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

Would you like to increase your skills to resolve disputes in your family, work, and community?
PDRC’s 40-hour course is designed for community members and professionals who are interested in developing their conflict resolution skills.

Participants will learn conflict theory and styles; interpersonal and third party communication skills; power imbalances and interest-based negotiation; the principles of conflict resolution and the eight-step mediation model.

The concepts and skills taught in the training are easily transferrable and designed to improve communication and enhance relationships in all settings.

The course combines theory and practice. Students will engage in experiential learning, which includes mock mediations and group discussion.

The course includes a Comprehensive Manual and a Certificate upon completion.

Individuals who complete this 40-hour course are eligible to enter into our mediator practicum. Please contact Renee Riopelle at 360.452.8024 or complete registration form.

We’re In This Together – WITT Seminar*

Since its inception in 2011, Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center designed a program for low-risk youths to create a positive diversion from serious consequences of their behavior. It’s called WITT, “We’re In This Together”. The program offers youth offenders and their parents or connected adult an opportunity to develop supportive relationships, learn conflict resolution skills and tools to manage stress in an interactive 12-hour seminar. Partnering with Clallam County Juvenile Courts, we have continued to improve youth and family relations, enhance youth strengths, offer access to needed services, and continue to redefine our community social norms for the youth and our community.

WITT is held four times a year. Please email Barbara at PDRC (admin@pdrc.org) or call 360.452.8024 for availability.

Restorative Justice Class*

Restorative Justice is an educational process that offers youth an exercise in skill building and maximizing benefits in understanding responsibility and accountability for their actions in the juvenile justice system. This 3-hour class teaches personal responsibility for the harm they have caused, an understanding of the justice system, thinking errors, and their learning, communication and conflict styles. Classes are held throughout the year. Please email Barbara at PDRC (admin@pdrc.org) or call 360-452-8024 for dates and locations.

Conflict Resolution Through Literature

PDRC provides a new interactive reading program for elementary school children. Select books are read based on another’s perspective of the same conflict. Viewing conflict from various sides begins a new understanding and appreciation about the many viewpoints involved and how each is important and valid.

*Renee Riopelle is the Executive Director of Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center serving Clallam and Jefferson counties. She has been a certified mediator since 1996 and began facilitating trainings for DRCs in Orange County, California beginning 2001. Renee has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Renee mediates court, neighborhood, family, landlord/tenant and workplace disputes. She has trained volunteers from Basic to Advanced Mediations. She has led and facilitated over 24 Basic Mediation trainings and taught conflict resolution skills at the community college level.

Additionally, Renee draws her experience from her formal education, working with numerous non-profit organizations and conducting over 900 mediations. She is honored to be an instructor for PDRC’s 40-hour Basic Mediation Training.

Please contact Renee Riopelle at 360-452-8024 or Renee@pdrc.org to schedule a classroom visit.