Training and Volunteering

Our mission at the Conflict Resolution Center is to help you become better able to resolve conflicts. We have trainings, educational resources from other sites, and volunteer opportunities for you to master the art of conflict resolution and help others. 

Community Events and Training

  • Partnerships: The Bellevue Mediation Program is partnering with the King County Library System and Bellevue Parks to offer a series of workshops and events to build skills in the areas of listening, resiliency, civil discourse, and cross-cultural communication. Workshops will be held at libraries around Bellevue:
    • "The Art of Listening," Lake Hills Library, Mondays, Jan. 22 - Feb. 12, 2018. 

      This popular series has now ended, but it is not to late to be a part of making Bellevue a "Listening City." Please check out our article on listening on page 6 of the Feb. 2018 edition of "It's Your City." You may also be interested in handouts from our class.

    • "Connection Café: Skills for a Well-Balanced Life," Newport Way Library:
      • Thurs., Feb. 15 @ 6:30 p.m.: The Art of Listening: Becoming practiced at the way you listen to others will dramatically improve your focus and your relationships.
      • Thurs., Mar. 15 @ 6:30 p.m.: Resiliency Skills: Learn techniques to build inner strength and optimism that will help you weather life's storms.
      • Thurs., Apr. 19 @ 6:30 p.m.: Cross Cultural Communication: Understand and Communicate more effectively with people from other cultures, particularly between "I" and "We" cultures.
      • Thurs., May 17 @ 6:30 p.m.: Challenging Conversations: Develop a toolkit of skills to employ when discussing difficult topics or differences of opinion.
    • "Connection Café" Bellevue Main Club. Registration recommended.
      • Thurs., Apr. 5 @ 10 a.m.: The Art of Listening: Becoming practiced at the way you listen to others will dramatically improve your focus and your relationships.
      • Thurs., Apr. 19 @ 10 a.m.: Resiliency Skills: Learn techniques to build inner strength and optimism that will help you weather life's storms.
      • Thurs., May 3 @ 10 a.m.: Challenging Conversations: Develop a toolkit of skills to employ when discussing difficult topics or differences of opinion.
    • "Civil Discourse, a three part series,"  Fall, 2018. 
  • Please stay tuned for more details and opportunities to participate. More workshops are in the works.

Volunteer Opportunities and Training

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Volunteers willing to help mediate conflicts are vital to the success of the Conflict Resolution Center. With their help, neighbors and families find peaceful resolution. The volunteers gain something too, recognizing that phone conciliating and face to face mediating disputes is richly rewarding.

The volunteer primary responsibilities are to help Bellevue residents resolve conflicts. Tasks include: telephone conciliation (coaching, problem solving, arranging a mediation); database entry and other office tasks; conducting face-to-face mediation; facilitating group meetings and assisting with outreach, training and other program projects.

Our desired qualifications include excellent communication skills, commitment to respect exchanges between people, ability to assist people in solving their problems and ability to maintain confidentiality and impartiality. Basic computer skills and completion of extensive, specialized trainings with the Conflict Resolution Center are mandatory. We accept adults only.

Our expectation is that volunteers first apply for a 20 hour conciliation training, conducted annually. If selected, the volunteer would then take a three hour weekly daytime telephone conciliation shift for a minimum of 6 months. Once completed, the volunteer is eligible to take the 40 hour Basic Mediation Training conducted annually and then enter our practicum to be certified as a mediator. That process can take a minimum of one additional year.

For more details about volunteering, you may contact us at 425-452-4091 or at mediation_info@bellevuewa.gov.

Volunteer Trainings

  • Conciliation Training for new volunteers, Oct. 9, 16, & 23, 2018   

Volunteer In-service Schedule   

  • High Conflict Personalities: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
               
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