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Athens Area Mediation Service offers free training sessions


The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring an intensive training in mediation skills, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, 20, 27 and March 6 and 13. The location will be on or near campus.

The training is a series so attendance to all five sessions is encouraged. It's open to the public and free for people affiliated with Ohio University.

Participants who attend the sessions will learn to use the listening skills and thoughtfully structured approaches of mediation to respond to a wide variety of conflict situations.

"Families, neighbors, co-workers – there's a lot of people to work things out with," said John Schmeiding, director of the Athens Area Mediation Service. "[We teach participants] how to help people feel safe and open up … how to help people move from anger to creatively thinking about how to make things better."

The training style has been described as informal, participatory and fun, and more than 600 participants have enjoyed it the last ten years. Many past participants have reported being more effective in addressing conflict in the workplace and in their family lives.

For more information, call John Schmeiding at 740-594-6169 or aams@frognet.net.