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Campus mediation training starts Feb. 9

Participants will learn to better handle conflicts

The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring four free mediation skills training sessions for Ohio University employees and students beginning Feb. 9.

The sessions will teach people how to effectively handle conflict situations. The Athens Area Mediation Service defines mediation as a thoughtfully structured process that can be used to help people resolve their own conflicts and design their own solutions.

The training sessions will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Thursday on the Ohio University Athens campus. AAMS recommends that registrants attend all four sessions, but it is not required.

"[Mediation] means better relationships, less stress and more effective work," said John Schmieding, director of the Athens Area Mediation Service. "We all encounter conflict in a variety of settings and the usual methods of ignoring and hoping it goes away doesn't work that well."

Schmieding said the goal of the training program is for people to get some awareness of their own reactions to conflict and learn how to respond in ways that really work."

More than 400 Ohio University faculty, staff and students have attended past mediation sessions, which use role-playing exercises and small group discussions as training tools.

The sessions are being offered free of charge to Ohio University affiliated participants because of financial support provided to AAMS by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

For more information or to register, call 740-594-6169 or email