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VCDS Mediation Skills Training Summer 2017

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4001 Mission Oaks Boulevard

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Mediation Skills Training: Summer 2017

This 4-day course introduces the core principles and methods of mediation. Through lectures, group exercises, role plays, and external observations, participants are provided with a unique perspective and a strong foundation in mediation skills.

The course teaches both the practical approaches to mediation while providing the underlying theory to those approaches. The material covers a variety of issues including conflict, negotiation, mediation models, confidentiality, mediation process, law, ethics, cultural diversity, and the crafting of mediation agreements.


This 4-day course will take place on two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays (8:30am - 4:30pm).

Friday, June 2nd: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday, June 3rd: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Friday, June 9th: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday, June 10th: 8:30am - 4:30pm


Registration: $599

Early Bird Registration (by May 1st): $499

Volunteer Registration: $399

(reduced rate with commitment to serve 40 hours in the small claims court program in 2017).

Student Registration: $399

(available for current graduate, college, and high school students)

You will receive a digital training packet by email the week of the training. They can be viewed on your laptop, ipad, or can be printed out.

You can purchase printed materials from VCDS for a $100 fee paid upon checkout. (deadline for ordering printed materials May 12, 2017)

Light refreshments provided during the training.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations up to 72 hours of training will be refunded, minus a $100 administrative fee.

For further information or assistance registering, call VCDS at 805-384-1313 or email directly to vcds@vcds.bz.

Continuing Education Credits:

Attorneys & Legal Professionals - Approved by the Ventura County Bar Assn.
MCLE & CEU credits available (26.0 Hours General, 1.0 Hour of Ethics, & 1.0 Elimination of Bias)

A $45 MCLE Fee is required to be paid to the Ventura County Bar Association. You can select this in addition to your registration fee, and we will pass the fee onto the VCBA for you! Or you can pay it separately to the VCBA.

Real Estate Appraisers - CE credits through the CA Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
(28 hours of credits)

Realtors & Brokers - CE credits through the CA Bureau of Real Estate
(28 hours of Consumer Protection units - BRE Sponsor No. 3316)

A 70 question Open Book/Open Note, Multiple Choice & T/F Test is required to be taken and passed with a minimum 70% to receive your CE credits. It is administered at our office, and you may re-take the test to receive the minimum 70%.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, & Psychologists - Approved by the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists for 28 hours of Continuing Education (Approval #133293)


Clare Rice, MDR

Clare Rice is the Executive Director for the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement and a reconciler specializing in transformative mediation. She brings years of experience in the peacemaking field, domestically and internationally. She received formal training through Pepperdine School of Law's Straus Institute. Her field work includes time in India, Kashmir, the Middle East, and Southern California.
Clare also serves on the lead team staff at Encounter-Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura, CA where she utilizes her conflict resolution and creative problem solving experience as Director of Care and Recovery. Clare currently lives in Ventura with her husband Dan, 6 year old son Eric, and 2 year old twins Emmett and Eleanor.

Cameron Spencer, MDR & MPP

Cameron Spencer is the Program Manager for the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement and a mediator. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Biola University in 2010, and then continued onto Pepperdine University for graduate school. At Pepperdine, he completed two Masters degrees, a Masters of Dispute Resolution and a Masters of Public Policy specializing in State/Local Government and Economics.
Having experience in both the Los Angeles and Ventura County courts, Cameron brings practical experience of navigating the mediation process in the Small Claims Courts. He attributes his draw to the dispute resolution world to growing up in a large family and his love of creative problem solving. Cameron also acts as a supervisor for the VCDS mediators in the Ventura County Superior Courts, and manages the intern staff. Originally from Arizona, he enjoys living close to his extended family and the beach in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Todd Turner, VCDS Board President

One of the most respected automotive analysts in the country, consultant Todd Turner is currently involved with the business; automotive and marketing media on a daily basis at all levels. National media organizations such as CBS News and CNN depend on Turner’s insight and straight forward industry analysis, and assessment of consumer behavior. Always fascinated with communication and what motivates people, Turner became a mediator in 2011, and very soon after that became a supervisor and mentor in the Ventura County Superior Court mediation services. Since then, Turner has become involved in all aspects of conflict resolution, and has mediated in excess of 200 cases. He has taught mediation skills and communication, as well as subjects on behavior and personality; leveraging his behavioral knowledge from decades in market research. In 2014, Turner was named to the Board of Directors of the non-profit Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, and most recently named President of the Board of Directors.

Sarah Ballard, MA & Colorado LPC

Mrs. Ballard is currently a full-time visiting professor in the Communication Division at Pepperdine University and an adjunct communication faculty member at California State University Channel Islands where she teaches primarily Conflict and Interpersonal communication courses. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Ballard also had a successful counseling practice specializing in international and transracial adoption. She is the author of Xpress Yourself!, a play therapy based curriculum for international and transracial adoptee groups, and is published in the Journal of Family Communication on the importance of Narrative in Adoptive Family Identity. She has led a variety of adoption and communication workshops and has presented internationally on a variety of communication and adoption topics. She has also taught for Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and currently serves on the board of directors for the Ventura County Dispute Settlement Center.
Over the years, Mrs. Ballard has taught courses on public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, family communication, conflict management and mediation, cross-cultural counseling, and interpersonal skills and group therapy. Sarah earned her master's in counseling from Denver Seminary and brings skills in mediation, negotiation, dispute resolution, child and teen issues, parent-child communication, and artistic/creative expression.

Bert Ballard, PhD.

Mr. Ballard is an Associate Professor of Communication t Pepperdine University. He received his PhD in Human Communication Studies from the University of Denver, a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Denver Seminary. He also served as the Chair of the Communication Ethics Division for the National Communication Association (2012-2015). He has taught courses on Communication Ethics, Family Communication, Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Leadership, and Social Media.

Mr. Ballard also is a published author with various works in Communications. He is married to Sarah Ballard, also an instructor in our Mediation Skills Training.

Gisele Goetz, Esq.

Gisele Goetz' approach to business mediation has come from her 30 years as an attorney counseling individuals, businesses, management teams and boards of directors on how to avoid or resolve business disputes. She has also served the courts as a volunteer settlement master and as a volunteer mediator through organizations such as the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, the Conflicts Solution Center (community mediation of Santa Barbara County), and the Santa Barbara Court CADRE Program.

She obtained her Mediation Training Certificate of Completion from the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement in cooperation with California State University Channel Islands (2012) (28 hours). She also attended mediation skills courses, including those offered on avoiding impasse and bad settlement decisions through the Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (18 hours). Gisele is currently a member of the California, Ventura County, and Santa Barbara County Bar Associations.

Navendu Joshi, Esq.

Navendu Joshi is the managing partner at Lingl & Joshi, a firm that specializes in homeowner association law throughout Southern California. He is also an adjunct law professor at the Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, and teaches Mediation and Negotiation at California State University Channel Islands. He has been a volunteer with the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement for nearly 15 years, and has also served as the President of the Board of Directors. Professor Joshi earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. He went on later to graduate summa cum laude from the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, earning his J.D.

Jill Martin, M.A.

Ms. Martin is a Mediator with The Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, and has a Masters in Negotiation. She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate from The Ventura Colleges of Law. She is one of the Small Claims Court Supervisors in the Ventura County Superior Court. Ms. Martin brings expertise in the practical aspects of mediating cases and in the legal world.

Rema Ruiz, MDR

Rema Ruiz, is a recent graduate from Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute with her Master Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She completed her undergraduate work at California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetorical Communication and a minor in French Studies.

While completing her Master Degree, Rema volunteered at three nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and Ventura County; Center for Conflict Resolution, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement (VCDS) and Wise and Healthy Aging. She came to VCDS in May 2015 where she completed course credit for two externships totaling over 400+ hours for our organization. She also has extensive background working in Los Angeles and Ventura County Court systems. This has given her experience working on the following categories of cases: landlord/tenant, business to business, consumer/merchant, neighbor dispute, business owner/ employee, automobile accidents, contract dispute, collections, etc. Rema is passionate about helping others and interest based bargaining.

Karen Troop, Real Estate Broker & Mediator

Since becoming licensed in 1989 and achieving her Real Estate Broker’s license a few years later, Karen has achieved unprecedented professional success in Real Estate. Karen has been a consistent Top Producer for Troop Real Estate and has earned many awards. In 2010 she was honored by the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce as `Business Person of the Year’, and was recently honored by CSMAR with the Community Service Award for her outstanding record of community service. Karen continues to serve her community as a volunteer for many non-profits, and as a Mediator for Civil and Superior courts.She is proud to be serving as a Director for CAR and as a Board member for CSMAR.

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