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35 Hour Transformative Mediation Training for 2018

Saturday, August 11 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Cost: $250 for volunteers, $550 for non-volunteers 

Location: Mediation Center of Dutchess County

Training is limited to 15 participants.

Who should take this training?

Lawyers, business owners, managers/supervisors, teachers, administrators, customer service representatives, attorneys, social workers, parents - anyone can benefit from learning a new approach to understanding conflict and skills that help address conflict constructively. 

What will we learn in this training?

Theories of conflict, The mediator's role as an intervener, Skills practice including reflective listening, Summarizing and checking in, Mock mediation practice with an experienced coach, Cultural competency awareness in mediation, Ethics, confidentiality and other critical topics for mediators, Working with people with high conflict behaviors, Working with parties and their attorneys.



7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Ageism

The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County held its 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 12, 2015 at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge. This year’s theme was Older Adults Deserve Dignity…ageism is no joke.  Keynote speaker, Ashton Applewhite, focused on the role of ageism in elder abuse.  Ashton also writes a blog, This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is This Ageist?  


More than 165 people, including Dutchess county residents of all ages, state and county elected officials, and vendors attended.  

The Champion for Elder Rights & Safety Award was presented to Robert Allers, who



Dutchess Mediation Center hosts event on Walkway

 Anti-bullying Walk raises $12,000


More than 300 people from throughout the Hudson Valley spoke out against bullying Saturday on the Walkway Over the Hudson. The fourth annual Anti-bullying Walkathon, hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, raised more than $12,000 for the agency’s anti-bullying programs.  “We get (reports about bullying incidents) every month from school officials, from young people and their parents,” said Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center. “Bullying is preventable, but it takes the whole community. Holding this event enables us to develop multiple strategies to combat bullying in conjunction with our community partners.”


Red Hook High School graduate William Wasik

Anti-bullying walkathon participants on the Walkway



3rd Anti-Bullying Youth Summit Teaches Students How to Stand Up to Bullying

More than 175 students and staff from 15 middle and high schools attended the Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit, October 24, co-sponsored by Marist College. Students in grades 7-12 attended workshops such as Bullying: Stop and Think First Be a Friend, Not a Bully, and Sexting and Cyberbullying. Five workshops were conducted by Marist College social work students and three were conducted by high school students from Red Hook, Poughkeepsie and the Town of Wallkill Police Department Youth Coalition. The Anti-Defamation League conducted a workshop for school staff. This year, the first Upstander Award was presented to