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Training & Workshops

C.O.R.E. (Comprehensive Orientation & Required Education)

Our Family offers a social service and behavioral health curriculum appropriate for employees of both for-profit and non-profit agencies.  C.O.R.E (Comprehensive Orientation & Required Education) is a 27 hour training that may be taken in its entirety, or you may choose the topics you need.

Like basic training for all level of workers in social services, C.O.R.E. covers social issues such as homelessness, violence, addiction, domestic violence, child/elder abuse and LGBT awareness. It also includes training in communications skills, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, ethics, boundaries, confidentiality, HIPAA, suicide assessment/intervention and risk management.

Our next C.O.R.E. will be September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 2014. Download a registration form.

For more information, or if you would like to discuss possibilities for receiving this training, contact Agency Trainer Karen Largent (520) 323-1708 x 111.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

This two-day workshop provides tools for mediators, managers, teachers and anyone else who would like to learn and practice skills to handle conflict with more ease and understanding. 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.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to be honest without insulting people.
  • Demonstrate how to handle conflict with confidence and transform anger into positive communication.
  • Differentiate between requests and demands.
  • Assess the needs behind criticism and blame.
  • Practice the mantra, "It's not about me, it's about needs."
  • Learn how to deepen those relationships that are already working well.


Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training

August 21 and 22, 2014

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

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

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $160.00


Your instructor:

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.

Basic 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. There is no prerequisite for the 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 six days to receive your certificate.

Basic Mediation Training

September 10,11,12 and 17, 18, 19, 2014

8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day

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

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $475.00


Mediation has provided mediation services and training since 1979. Contact us for information. Group discounts available

Basic Facilitation Training

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.

Basic Facilitation Training

Thursday, August 14, 2014

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Fee: $75.00

Elder Circles Facilitation Training

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. Contact us for more information.


Elder Circles Facilitation Training

Sunday, August 17

12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

3830 E. Bellevue Street

Cost $35

Eldercare Mediation Training

This mediation course is designed for mediators and professionals who work with seniors -- lawyers, guardians, psychologists, social workers, CPAs, trustees, nurses, hospice workers, geriatric care managers, and nursing home administrators. It is also appropriate for family members dealing with issues facing their elder relative. It will address family dynamics that impair communication, the aging process and its possible impact on mediation, legal and financial issues, and ways to accommodate cognitive impairment or other challenges. Note: You must attend all four days to receive your certificate. Group discounts available.

Eldercare Mediation Training

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Circles Process Training, Levels 1 and 2:

Circles offer one of the most powerful ways to engage in meaningful conversation in a structured and safe environment. Used for centuries by indigenous peoples 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.

Level 1 demonstrates the basic hows and whys of the circle method and is a prerequisite for Level 2 training.

Circles Process Training, Level 1

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Level 2 teaches how to choose and convene the appropriate circle method for the group and facilitation skills specific to the circles process.

Circles Process Training, Level 2

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Contact us for more information.

Restorative Circles Trainings

Restorative Circles empowers individuals, families, groups/organizations, and communities to problem-solve
misunderstandings, difficult situations, and conflicts. Key to Restorative Circles is a structure and process
through which sustainable strategies are developed by the people directly involved in the situation. It brings diverse people together to dialogue with respect and understanding and has been used successfully by a wide range of communities around the world. Next training TBA.

Facilitation Training

Learn skills to help groups set goals, clarify tasks, make decisions and create strategic plans with this Facilitation Training. You will learn evidence-based facilitation techniques that actively engage full group participation, resulting in focused, productive outcomes. Recognizing that the diversity inherent in groups is both the source of creativity and of conflict, these methods create clear goals, open lines of communication, broaden perspectives and inspire people to adapt to their changing environment. No prerequisites to attend the course. Contact us for more information on our next ToP Facilitation Methods training.

Democracy Circles

Our series of five Democracy Circles will challenge you to think more deeply and act constructively to help create a healthy democracy. Each meeting will spotlight a different skill needed to be an effective citizen:

  • An understanding that we are all in this together. An appreciation of the value of other people’s opinions and life experience. Becoming aware of emotions without becoming angry or frustrated. A sense of personal voice and agency.
  • A capacity to create community.

 You will also learn to refine listening skills and how to ask open, honest questions without an agenda and without giving advice.  

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