Berkeley Adult School Offers Mediation Training

SEEDS Executive director Jeff Sloan.

SEEDS Community Resolution Center is partnering with Berkeley Adult School to offer community conflict resolution services and mediation training. The Spring 2013 training SEEDS Executive director Jeff Sloan. Clockwise from left: Anjelica Mendoza, Luis Renteria, Mark Esguerra, Vanessa Gutierrez, Nathan Yung, Matthew Crimp, Ryan Gabriel, Henry Duran, Annie Xu, Maryam Zafer, Caitlin Dunn, Marikah Davin, Rita Chang and Nicole Gordon. By Danielle Savage Lifelong Medical Care center’s Community HealthCorps is presenting its first “We Dream: A Community Health Fair” this coming Monday, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar St. in Berkeley. “It’s really an opportunity for us to connect people with services available in the community that they might not know they are eligible for,” said Caitlin Dunn, Community HealthCorps Navigator for LifeLong in West Berkeley. The free fair will include legal services, arts and crafts, food, and relaxation exercises. Members of the community may able to sign up, for health coverage, in spite of legal status or income. To enroll individuals must come with proof of identity, residency and income. Dunn began working at the clinic in September and has been looking to do outreach with immigrants. “This event is focused on immigrants refugees and asylees, but everyone is welcome to come,” she said. “Lifelong medical has about nine different clinics spread across are nine different AmeriCorps members,” Dunn said. “We’ve gone door to door [and] we’ve been posting flyers all over the community. It’s not going to be a huge event, [but] we welcome everyone.”in conflict resolution and mediation skills takes place at the adult school each Tuesday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. between Jan. 29 and May 7. The 40-hour program is open to the public and includes professional instruction and practice sessions in communication skills, conflict styles, culture and cultural identity, and mediation skills. Participants may receive credits toward licensing for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC). “This new partnership is an important step in our larger strategy of bringing SEEDS’ services to more people more affordably. By hosting our popular training courses in cooperation with Berkeley Adult School, we’ve been able to reduce certain overhead costs, which allows us to both sustain our high level of training and the number of available scholarships we provide to residents in need,” said SEEDS Executive director Jeff Sloan. Berkeley Adult School is located at 1701 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. For more information on the SEEDS training, call (510) 548-2377 or go to www.seedscrc.org
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