Enhance your communication skills with Ku‘ikahi’s Basic Mediation Training

  • Courtesy photo Trainers Diane Petropulos and Catherine Lampton.

  • Courtesy photo The graduates of Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s 2017 Basic Mediation Training session.

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s “Basic Mediation Training” begins Sept. 22.

The 32-hour training spans two weekends, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22-23 and 29-30 in Hilo. Instructors are Diane Petropulos, M.A., and Catherine Lampton, M.A., experienced mentor mediators, facilitators and trainers.


People in conflict often focus on each other as the problem, going head-to-head. Mediation helps people focus on the issues so they can see they have a joint problem to solve.

During the four days of this training, learn the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills — such as active listening, summarizing and rephrasing and using open-ended questions — to help parties resolve differences.

“This interactive training is perfect for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively personally and professionally, become a better negotiator and problem-solver and increase your value in the workplace,” said Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

“We invite people from all walks of life to join us. Whether you want to enhance your communication skills or become a volunteer mediator at Ku‘ikahi, this training gives the tools you need to start resolving conflict in peaceful, lasting ways.”

Upon successful completion of the training, participants can apply to join Ku‘ikahi’s mediator apprenticeship program.


Tuition for the four-day training is $325. For attorneys seeking six CLE credits and one ethics credit, add $15. Group discounts and individual needs-based partial scholarships are available.

To register or apply for a scholarship, contact Erika Ginnis at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center by calling 935-7844, ext. 1, or emailing erika@hawaiimediation.org. Training applications are available at www.hawaiimediation.org.