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40 Hour Transformative Mediation Training for 2015

Thursday, December 3 - Monday, December 7, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Cost: $850

Location: Mediation Center of Dutchess County

  NYS CLE Approved: 36.5 credits (2 ethics)

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.



4th Annual Anti-bullying Youth Summit


We are hosting our Annual Anti-Bullying Youth Summit for students in grades 7-12 at Marist College on Thursdsay, December 10, 2015 and we need YOUR help to make this year AMAZING We are seeking WORKSHOP PROPOSALS from students in grades 7-12 and college to present at the Youth Summit. Proposals are due by Monday, November 2, 2015 and you can download the form (here).

We are also seeking NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2nd ANNUAL UPSTANDER AWARD. The award honors students (individuals) and student groups in grades 7-12 that have demonstrated significant impact through projects or service or have displayed dedication to a concept of bullying prevention, bullying intervention or difference. The nomination is due by Monday, November 2, 2015 and you can download the form (here).

Nomination forms and workshop proposal forms can be emailed to Honey Minkowitz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To register students by November 6th, from their school/organization for this event please use this form:  Youth Summit Registration Form

If you have any questions, please contact Honey.


Programs are funded in part by the County of Dutchess.

  Programs funded in part by Dutchess County Youth Services.


Mediation Center holds Volunteer Mediator Appreciation and Graduation

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County held its annual Mediator Appreciation and Graduation on June 1 at Bowdoin Park.  Volunteer mediators who completed their apprenticeship received their certificates from Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Justice, Village/Town of Red Hook and Mentor Mediators, Barbra Cockerham and Mary Mulligan.  

Mediators who were certified include Claudia Abbot Barish, Deirdre Burns,Susan Cary, Brian Coswell, Bernard Daisley, Jennifer Guzzardi, Love Kumayi, JenniferO’Neill Brennan, Elyse Reisenauer, Miesha Rodriguez and Sophia Wallach. Mediators recognized for years of service included Dr. Karen Blonder, 10 years, Beth Fargis-Lancaster, 15 years and Bob Grossman, with 20 years.  Mediators Judy Roenick and Lynne Martin received special recognition for their work assisting with other Mediation Center programs.  More than 35 volunteer mediators actively serve on the Mediation Center’s roster, mediating business, family, agricultural, special education, and organizational/workplace disputes.  For more information about services, contact the Mediation Center at 845-471-7213.



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