Equity-Informed Mediation Training 2018

Starts: January 19, 2018 9:00 am | Ends: February 17, 2018 5:00 pm

Attendees: Please double check your calendar for the dates, end times, and locations for each day of the training as outlined under “Schedule” section below.

Update: We have started a waitlist for this training. Please be sure to register if you would like to be added to the waitlist. Pencil in the dates, and stay tuned for updates from us. Space may open up as the training date approaches

Training Begins January 19th

This comprehensive professional mediation training is designed for people committed to solving conflict in their workplaces, organizations and communities. It provides the basic skills needed to become a facilitative mediator, emphasizing the interest-based approach common in community dispute resolution, along with a racial equity analysis.

By the end of the training you will be able to:

  • Facilitate a multi-stage mediation process
  • Utilize empathy and other active listening skills in all areas of life
  • Analyze and respond to racial and other power / oppression dynamics
  • Intervene when racial microaggressions occur in mediation

Our Equity-Informed Mediation Training is unique in that it…

  • Is highly interactive and experiential.
  • Is facilitated by a training team with over 60 years of collective training experience.
  • Strives to honor the diverse experiences of our mediators and clientele, with an emphasis on resolving conflict and advancing racial justice.
  • Deepening: Offers ongoing training and practice opportunities through the year, including monthly mediation practice sessions.

This training meets the Basic Mediation Curriculum Standard as established by the Administrative Rules for Community Dispute Resolution programs.

Outline of Schedule 

We are excited to share this new, expanded training design that continues our journey to explore what mediation can look like in keeping with our mission statement: Facilitating honest dialogue to resolve conflict and advance racial and social justice.

  • Three Fridays, 9am-4pm: Jan. 19th, Feb. 2nd, Feb. 16th
  • Three Saturdays, 9am-5pm: Jan. 20th, Feb. 3rd, Feb. 17th

Location: The first two Fridays will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock, and will include members from a concurrent facilitation training program. All other days will be held at Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway.


  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock St (parking lot, bike racks, transit by bus #8, 17, or 77)
  • Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway, Suite A on 2nd floor (street parking, bike racks, transit by bus #17, 70, or 77)

Entrance/Accessibility for Westminster Presbyterian Church: Climb to the top of the stairs at both locations. If you would like to use the elevator at Westminster Presbyterian, enter (and maybe park near) the entrance on NE Schuyler St. (between 16th and 17th), and call Abbey to come meet you and let you in: 503 960 9626. We want you to be able to participate fully! Please contact us if you have questions or if there is an accommodation we can offer.

Snacks and meals: Coffee, tea, bagels, and light snacks will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own food. Lunch will be on your own. You can visit one of the many nearby restaurants or markets, or you are welcome to eat onsite and use the fridge, microwave, etc.

Registration Options 

Regular registration: The fee for this training is $970. There is also a payment plan option. If you have any questions, please email us for more information. Register Here.

Community connection scholarships: This year, RNW is offering two free slots in this training to support individuals and organizations who are working in long-term relationship with underrepresented communities in Portland, particularly those who live at the intersection of race, class, and gender. Deadline of December 15 has passed, but late applications are still being accepted in case space opens up at the last minute. To apply for scholarship: Click here. 

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Event Organizers

Stuart WatsonStuart Watson humbly strives to bring presence and connection to the most challenging conversations, and to infuse compassion into conversations around oppression and privilege. Stuart has spent the last 20 years devoted to transforming and healing conflict, through professionally teaching conflict resolution and compassionate communication, mediating hundreds of neighborhood, family and workplace conflicts, and counseling couples and families through rough spots and difficult decisions. Stuart is the Mediation Program Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest, a Family Mediator with Progressive Mediation, a Foreclosure Avoidance Mediator with Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program, an IRP Mediator with The Portland Citizen-Police Mediation Program, the Co-founder of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication, and the Author-Curator of The Relationship Repair Game.

Sidney MorganSidney Morgan was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Portland, Or, April of 2000. Sidney began her work with youth, as a Youth Pastor in Southern California and has been working with youth for over 20 years. Sidney has been working in Restorative Justice work for 12 years. She first began her Restorative Justice journey in Juvenile Justice with Multnomah County Juvenile Justice department in Portland Oregon. In her time with Multnomah County she worked in several positions that involved Restorative justice work. At the same time, she became certified in Conflict Mediation and has facilitated on-going mediations with families, neighborhood and corporation mediations. Sidney always found ways to incorporate relationship building with the youth she worked with, and through that developed a garden program that is still “growing strong,” in the Multnomah County Juvenile department. The Hands of Wonder garden program, gives youth basic job-skills that teach them how to grow, care for and sell organic produce. Sidney currently works as the District Restorative Justice Coordinator for Portland Public Schools. Sidney trains; coaches and supports school staff throughout the district in building in Restorative Justice Practices, as part of their school climate work. . Portland Public School district is the largest district in the state of Oregon and has taken a stand as a district to support Racial Equity, PBIS (Positive behavior, Intervention and Supports) and Restorative Justice practices. The vision that PPS has, speaks directly to Sidney’s purpose or “the why”, she has to see this work in every school within PPS. Sidney resides in Vancouver Washington, with her husband and three children.

Sandy BacharachSandy Bacharach (she/her pronouns) is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years and another nearly 4 years as a Facilitation & Training Specialist.  Through this work, Sandy developed and led trainings in English and Spanish on communication and conflict resolution, advanced bilingual mediation, interrupting racism, and addressing the intersection of race/racism in mediation.


January 19, 2018 9:00 am

February 17, 2018 5:00 pm


Lead Organizer

Stuart Watson

Email: stuart@resolutionsnorthwest.org


Equity-Informed Mediation Training 2018
2538 Northeast Broadway Street, Portland, OR 97232, United States

Stuart Watson

January 19, 2018 9:00 am

February 17, 2018 5:00 pm
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