Professional Mediation Training 

 Mediation Training
The mediation training has provided me with an amazing set of tools and a tried and true process through which I can better enter into and work with conflict in my life.
— Professional Mediation Training Participant

This intensive 40-hour course is designed for professionals and others who are interested in developing mediation and conflict resolution skills. Participants will learn the eight-stage mediation model, conflict theory and styles, mediator communication skills, and principles of conflict resolution. Combining theory and practice, students will also participate in mock mediations and receive a certificate of completion after the course.

Need financial assistance? We provide partial scholarships for students who can provide volunteer support for the class in exchange.  Click here for our Financial Scholarship Application

Contact the Program Coordinator at  360.676.0122 or training@whatcomdrc.org for more information. Continuing Education and CLE Credits may also be available.

Professional Mediation Training

Fall Session 2018: Oct. 3 - 5 & 10 - 12 (Full)
Wednesdays from 1 - 5 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays from 9 AM - 6 PM


Spring Session 2019: May 8 - 10 & 15 - 17
Wednesdays from 1 - 5 PM
Thursdays and Fridays from 9 AM - 6 PM

Course Fee: $650, or $595 for those registered by September 4, 2018 ($100 deposit needed to register).
To register, call (360) 676-0122 fill out the form below.

Registration for our Fall 2018 session is currently full. Register now for the Spring 2019 session. 

Interested in taking this class for professional development? Download information to send to your supervisor here.

Instructor:  Moonwater, MPA, WDRC Executive Director
Moonwater is an experienced mediator, facilitator, and trainer. She holds an MPA from Seattle University, where she specialized in non-profit management, and a BA in Psychology from Whitman College. She is co-president of Resolution Washington, and a past board member of the Washington Mediation Association. She currently serves on Whatcom County's Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, the Bellingham-Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence, and Washington State's Charities Advisory Council. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the WDRC and has enjoyed teaching students the art of mediation for the past 14 years.


Mediator Certification and Practicum Program

The WDRC offers a practicum for individuals interested in becoming certified mediators.

The WDRC upholds stringent standards for mediators-in-training in order to ensure that the service our clients receive is high caliber and professional. The majority of our mediation services are provided by volunteers. At a minimum, all of our mediators have completed the professional mediation training, and  a practicum program in which they have been evaluated and certified according to the standards set forth by  Resolution Washington (statewide association of Dispute Resolution Centers) and the Washington Mediation Association (WMA). Our practicum is an approved WMA Practicum Program.

Our family mediators have taken at least 24 additional hours of advanced training, and completed an additional practicum program. Many of our mediators also have backgrounds and experience in human resources, law, healthcare, education, and community planning, which enhance their skill sets and sensitivity to a variety of different types of disputes.

Learn more about the WDRC Mediation Practicum Program