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30-hour mediation training offered in Baxter beginning Friday

BAXTER — The Dispute Resolution Center from St. Paul is offering a 30-Hour Mediation and Communication Skills Training in

Baxter Friday and Saturday and May 2-3.

The training will take place at Heritage Assemblies of God Church, 13242 Berrywood Drive in Baxter. Participants must be present for all four training sessions which will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the training.

Event organizers report just a few places remain, so those interested are urged to register early. For more information, contact the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project at 218-454-4145.

The training will be offered for a one-time rate of $75 for community members/prospective volunteers or those desiring Rule 114 qualification. Those desiring continuing legal education credits will pay a reduced rate of $300.

Trainings are typically hosted for a substantial cost in the metro area, organizers reported. Through a grant from the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, this training is being offered for the first time in the Brainerd area and at a substantially discounted rate.

The training introduces participants to the process of mediation and the skills of the mediator, including listening skills, problem-solving skills, facilitation skills, and consensus building.

Participants will learn the practical applications of conflict resolution theory through a hands-on, experiential approach including extensive skill practice and role-plays. Community members, attorneys, social workers, city administrators, educators, human resource professionals and others interested in gaining practical skills in mediation, communication and conflict resolution should attend.

Those who successfully complete the training could be eligible for placement on the Minnesota Supreme Court Rule 144 Roster of Neutrals and/or could be eligible to provide volunteer mediation for a variety of programs throughout the state.

For those who do not desire placement on the Rule 114 Roster, this training provides skills in communication and conflict resolution that are valuable and useful in many personal and professional settings.

Each participant will receive a training manual, all necessary course materials, training exercises, statutes, and a valuable reference list of additional resources.

The lead trainer is Jeanne Zimmer, executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center in St. Paul. Zimmer has more than 20 years of expertise in conflict resolution and training.

Zimmer has lectured and taught conflict resolution and mediation at numerous universities and law schools in Minnesota. Local attorney Angela Frie, of Borden, Steinbauer, Krueger & Knudson, P.A. will assist with the training. Frie is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral who holds a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Hamline University. Frie has knowledge and experience in mediation and conflict resolution training and practice. Frie is a board member with the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, which is providing local support and administrative assistance for the training.

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