Mediation Northern Ireland is running a second six-day foundation training course in mediation for clergy and laity.
The course, which takes place in the autumn, examines people’s experiences of conflict in life and in the church, attitudes towards conflict and the varied personal responses.
A range of different ways of handling conflict is also examined. Particular attention will be paid to mediation as an intervention and when it is appropriate to use it as a method of dealing with conflict. The different stages of the mediation process will be explored and appropriate skills identified at each stage. Course participants will have an opportunity to practice the art of mediating during the course, which will be accredited by the Open College Network. Participants will also complete a portfolio.
Invitations to attend are extended to clergy and lay members of the Church of Ireland and other churches. The course will take place on Friday evenings and Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm on the following dates: September 18, 19; October 2, 3, 16 and 17, and November 6, 7. Venue is the Friends Meeting House, Frederick Street, Belfast.
The course cost is £250 which covers refreshments, lunches and fees associated with accreditation. The tutors are working pro bono so there is no charge for their services.
Anyone interested in attending should contact Mrs Elizabeth Weir, 20 Mullalelish Road, Richhill, Co Armagh, BT61 9JZ. Telephone 028 3887 2177 or email email@example.com.