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Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity offers Mediator Training

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity, Inc. will be providing Mediators’ Training for Kaua‘i residents interested in mediating conflicts such as Landlord/Tenant, Consumer/Merchant, domestic situations, family disputes, friends’ disputes, condominium disputes, community concerns, neighbor/neighbor disputes, employer/employee disputes, Civil Rights disputes, and more.

Candidates successfully completing the training program and meeting eligibility requirements can become a KEO volunteer mediator, and also qualify to mediate Circuit, District and Family Court dispute cases.

The training program that involves 24 hours of personal commitment will take place Sept. 9 through 11 at the KEO offices from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This training offers instruction in the process of mediation, and how to apply advanced communication skills to help participants resolve their differences,” said Annaleah Atkinson, the KEO Mediation Director. “Some who take this training want to improve their conflict management skills, whether with co-workers, family, neighbors, friends, or in business relationships.”

Because the training by Diane Petropulos is limited to 12 participants, there is a deadline of Sept. 5 for submitting an individual’s application for review by KEO representatives.

“If you choose to become a KEO mediator, the fee for the class is $50,” Atkinson said. “If you want the training for yourself, your business, church and other organizations, the fee is $700.”

Atkinson said when long-term mediators were asked why they mediated, one of her responses from a mediator of 28 years said, “Mediation is my contribution to world peace.”

“I thank you for your interest in resolving concerns towards a more peaceful island and world,” said MaBel Ferreiro Fujiuchi, the KEO Inc. CEO. “I hope you will consider becoming a volunteer mediator.”
Source: The Garden Island

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