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Training & Workshops


CORE Training

Understanding people, professional responsibilities and intervention: How to effectively partner with those we serve.

Our Family Services offers a 4 day, 28 hour curriculum addressing key social service and behavioral health issues appropriate for those working in for-profit, non-profit, and public agencies.
CORE Training utilizes multiple approaches and interactive methods to engage participants in exploring essential elements of these topics:

  • Human Development and the Impacts of Trauma

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Resiliency

  • Understanding Trauma and the Needs of Those Who’ve Experienced It

  • Understanding Behavior in the Context of Trauma

  • LGBTQ

  • Multiculturalism

  • Domestic Violence

  • Human Trafficking

  • Homelessness

  • Addiction

  • Ethics

  • Boundaries

  • Child Abuse, Neglect and Mandatory Reporting

  • Trauma Responsive Care

  • Intentional Communication Parts A and B

  • Conflict Transformation

  • Emotional De-escalation and Crisis Intervention

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Self Care: Managing Stress; Avoiding Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Secondary Trauma

Our next CORE Training will be January 16, 23, 30 and February 6.The deadline to register for C.O.R.E. is Saturday, January 6, 2018. Click here to download a registration form.

Please email or call (520) 323-1708 x 111 Karen Largent, Agency Trainer, if you have questions or would like to register for CORE Training.

If you're interested in attending CORE as an Our Family volunteer, you must first complete our volunteer process (application and interview) and accept a volunteer or internship opportunity before registering for this training. Questions about volunteering? Please contact Samantha Bossert at (520) 323-1708 x416.



Family Connection and Conflict Resolution Workshop

Are you looking for ways to engage in respectful and effective conversation with your teen and resolve conflict? This workshop has fun, interactive exercises to help you learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively between parents and other teens
  • Ask for what you need
  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Brainstorm new strategies for dealing with conflict.

What participants are saying:

"I expected this experience to be pretty lame, but it turns out that it was very helpful. The activities were interesting and I liked how we all got to speak." -Teen

"It was so eye opening. Totally different than we thought it would be. Well worth the time and effort." -Parent

Family Connection and Conflict Resolution

February 10, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $45

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

In this 4-hour introductory workshop, refresh your Nonviolent Communication or learn new tools. Bring a colleague, friend, or partner, and spend time learning and practicing compassionate communication skills that will help you keep your hearts open, even in these times of uncertainty and instability. Learn more about stauing connected to your compassion while caring for yourself and other, and see how NVC offers opportunities to deepen the quality of your relationships so you can enjoy an even richer life expereince.

Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

October 21, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $60

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Advanced Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

Dig Deeper…This workshop will bring clarity on how what you think, say, and do impacts your relationship with yourself and others. Bring your NVC skills to a new level as you transform habits and patterns that are not serving you and those you interact with at work, in your family, and in your community. 

Participants will:

  • Appreciate how living in harmony with NVC values and skills leads to increased connection with yourself and others
  • Understand triggers and how they connect with underlying needs
  • Clearly differentiate needs and strategies
  • Identify feelings and needs more easily and increase feeling and need vocabulary
  • Recognize the value of celebration and explore the dynamics of grief
  • Demonstrate how to give and receive feedback 

 

Guest instructor Sylvia Haskvitz will share how to truly listen with empathy without mixing in your own opinions and judgments, as well as how to say what you mean with greater clarity. This training offers highly interactive and experiential learning with practice, role-plays and small group activities and facilitated meetings.

Advanced Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

November 2, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $85

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Facilitation Bootcamp

Are you ready to change the way you run meetings? Do you want to make sure your participants are productively engaged and reach their goals? Join us for this daylong training and be introduced to the 4D Model of Facilitation. Understand how to be an effective facilitator and how to identify situations appropriate for facilitation such as workplace meetings, committee meetings, homeowners association, even book club sessions. You will learn how to create an effective agenda and keep people on track. There are no prerequisites.

Facilitation Bootcamp

November 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Circles Level 1

 

Circles are a structured form of communication that are different than the typical way we talk with each other.

 

Circles allow each participant to listen deeply and be heard profoundly. Used for centuries by indigenous people to build community, resolve conflict and promote respectful dialogue among people with differing points of view, circles are now being used in business, human services, the legal system and education.

 

Here at the Center, we have used Circles during the past six years in over a hundred different settings on a wide variety of topics. We've used Circles for teams in conflict; for community-wide forums on topics such as sex trafficking, livable communities, and the Jewish-Palestinian issue. We've trained hundreds of youth to be Circle facilitators so they can take leadership positions in their communities. 

 

Circles build community, resolve conflict, and increase understanding of divergent views by creating a safe, comfortable space for all participants.

 

In Circles Level 1, you will learn the basics of being a Circle facilitator and how a Circle works. You'll experience and get a chance to co-facilitate a Circle with feedback provided by our mentor Circle facilitators. Plus, you receive a sample agenda and scripts to use for your own Circles. As a graduate you will be offered opportunities to be a volunteer Circle facilitator for the Center.

Circles Process Level 1

December 1, 2017

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $65

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



42-Hour Mediation Training

Our 42-hour basic-skills mediation course prepares participants to mediate a variety of workplace and personal conflicts. Course includes theory, communication skills, mediation process and techniques, and ethical standards along with extensive practice. This course is open to anyone who would like to increase their skill in dealing with conflict. There is no prerequisite for this course. If you are interested in volunteering with our Community Mediation Program you are required to take this course before submitting an application. Note: You must attend all five days to receive your certificate. The training is limited to 20 participants.

We are actively recruiting people to become mediators who are in one of the following categories: Bilingual Spanish, Tribal members, veterans and members of immigrant communities.

42-Hour Mediation Training

February 12 - 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Early Bird Fee: $535
Early bird deadline = Jan. 12, 2018

Our Family Services has provided mediation services and training since 1979. Group discounts available.

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Elder Circles Facilitator Training:

Are you an enthusiastic supporter of Elder Circles AND wondering how you can make more of a difference in your community?


Become an Elder Circles Facilitator

This training prepares you to facilitate an Elder Circle, a safe and respectful discussion group where people in the second half of their lives share their stories and discuss important topics.

Elder Circles Facilitator Training

March 1, 2018
12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $65


Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Eldercare Mediation Training


The Eldercare Mediation course teaches specialized methods for professionals who work with elders to address issues such as family dynamics that impair communication, the aging process and its possible impact on mediation, health care, living arrangements and financial issues, and ways to accommodate cognitive impairment or other challenges. Note: You must attend all three days to receive your certificate. Completion of this course is required to mediate ElderCare mediations for the Center for Community Dialogue.

Pre-requisites: Completion of a basic mediation course or equivalent mediation experience.


Eldercare Mediation Training

March 13-15, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $500

 

Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Circles Level 2:

 

Circles Level 2 dives deep into the underlying philosophy, values and structure of Circles. You will learn how to form the topic of your choice, design the agenda and scripting, and then facilitate your Circle. You must complete Circles Level 1 before taking this course.

Circles Process Level 2

May 10 - 11, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Our Family Services, Bellevue Office, North Conference Room

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $175


Contact Chris Medvescek at 323-1708 x 122 or email cmedvescek@ourfamilyservices.org for more information.



Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and the Enneagram

Come learn and practice powerful communication tools and a rich and deep personality system to understand human behavior and our choices in the way we live and how we connect to our needs. You will …

  • Increase your EQ (emotional intelligence) by learning which of the nine points of view you tend to use and how they impact your perceptions of the world.
  • Identify, understand and address the underlying needs present in every interaction you have – whether it is with colleagues at work, family members at home, or in your volunteer work with your church or neighborhood or that special non-profit you devote your heart to helping.
  • Understand how the wisdom of the Enneagram and the practice of NVC can transform relationships that are tense and frustrating into relationships that are respectful and productive

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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a concrete set of skills that helps us to clarity what we are observing, what emotions we are feeling, what values we want to live by, and what we want to ask of ourselves and others. The Enneagram teaches how valuable all perspectives are while helping us understand our unique way of viewing the world – both perspectives lead to increased rapport with each other.

These skills are important to …

  • Managers and co-workers in the workplace.
  • Teachers, faculty and administrators in education.
  • Volunteer leadership on boards of directors, in church communities, HOA’s and neighborhood organizations
  • Social service professionals supporting their clients.
  • Mediators and negotiators supporting their clients through interest-based alternative dispute resolution.

Your instructors:

Sylvia Haskvitz is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She has offered seminars and workshops on NVC worldwide during the past 25 years, including the highly rated NVC workshops here at the Center for Community Dialogue. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Catherine Tornbom is the manager for the Center for Community Dialogue and has been a certified Enneagram instructor for over 20 years.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and the Enneagram

Next Training TBA

Please let us know if you are interested in this training by emailing center@ourfamilyservices.org



Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and the Family (Two day training)

Would you like more ease and connection with family members? Looking for inspired cooperation? Wishing you could reach family who speak in one word answers to your questions?

Come live NVC with or without your beloved family in this 2 day workshop where we play with real-life examples of situations we would like to illuminate and transform. In community of those in similar situations, we invite you to learn and practice tools for more rich and connection communication and life experiences together in this rich field of interpersonal play.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and the Family

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Please let us know if you are interested in this training by emailing center@ourfamilyservices.org



Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication (NVC) Training


Imagine living in a world where:

  • We trust there are enough resources for everyone
  • Competition is about being and becoming our best selves
  • Support and caring are the name of the game
  • I meet my needs in cooperation with, rather than at the expense of, your needs

  • The language of compassion in speaking, listening and living is the world of NVC. If this world invites you, then join us for a day of enriching exploration and being together in the community in a way that will enliven and deepen your sense of the possibilities in yourself and those around you.


Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

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Please let us know if you are interested in this training by emailing center@ourfamilyservices.org



NEW! Awesome Meetings, Every Time

For busy professionals, this two-hour training gives you the confidence to plan and lead a business meeting that is on topic, focuses participants attention, and gets you moving onto the next task in your hectic day.

Whether the meeting is regularly scheduled or a one-time meeting focused on a specific topic or issue, you’ll gain essential meeting planning tools and learn to:

  • Be clear on the type of meeting you are conducting
  • Use the right leadership style for the meeting
  • Make sure the right people are attending
  • Focus the agenda to avoid confusion

There are no prerequisites for this training!

Awesome Meetings, Every Time

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Working with Difficult People

Most of us are "conflict averse" meaning that we don’t like conflict, it makes us feel bad and we want it to go away. Designed for busy professionals and anyone else who want to (i) maintain composure and control even when things are really tense and (ii) improve verbal and non-verbal skills for effective communication.

 

Working with Difficult People

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