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Athens Area Mediation Service offers free training sessions

Sessions start March 26

The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring an intensive training in mediation skills, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on March 26, April 2, 9, 16 and 23. 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. The usual fee for non-university participants is $300, but scholarship assistance may be available.

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 10 years. Many past participants have reported being more effective in addressing conflict in the workplace and in their family lives.

For more information, call 740-594-6169 or athensmediation@gmail.com