Oregon Mediation Association

PO Box 40041
Portland, OR 97240
Phone: 503-872-9775


OMA's 2015 Spring Training 

Powerful Non-Defensive Communication 
Featuring Sharon Ellison
Sharon Strand Ellison, the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words, is a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness. An international communication consultant and award-winning speaker, Sharon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
She has been a Scholar in Residence at Saint John's University and was a nominee for the Leadership for a Changing World Award, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Advocacy Institute. She and her daughter, Ami Atkinson, produced the audiobook, Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award.

 Space for this training is limited, reserve your spot and register today!

For more info about fees, times, and logistics CLICK HERE
Training Dates & Locations
Medford: Monday, May 11th, 2015
hosted by Resolve Center (formerly Mediation Works)
Eugene: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
hosted by the Center for Dialogue and Resolution
Portland: Friday, May 15th, 2015
hosted by the Oregon Mediation Association
Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) Event Center
11740 SW 68th Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97223
8:30am - 5:00pm
Bend/Redmond: Monday, May 18th, 2015
hosted by Central Oregon Mediation

 Who Should Attend?


This training is for mediators, attorneys, social workers, human resource professionals, arbitrators, therapists, school personnel, counselors, managers, and others who work with people, or want to learn how to better resolve conflicts.
OSB Continuing Education Credits Pending
This training is conferred 6.5 non-clinical contact hours by the NASW
This training has been approved for 4.50 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
 The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the  quality of the activity.  It means that this activity has met the HR Certification  Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

Past Attendees at Sharon's Workshops Have Said:

"As a mediator and trainer of mediators, I consider Sharon Ellison's Powerful Non-Defensive Communication to be the ultimate language of conflict management. On a practical level, fluency in PNDC provides me with a variety of useful tools for mediation. In a large sense, PNDC provides a model of communication in which people with differences seek to understand one another in their full complexity, rather than engage in a simplistic power struggle. I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to facilitate mediations that are not only successful, but actually transformative."


"It is definitely a new way of communicating...It makes people more accountable...I can start applying this information right away and it will be helpful in all aspects of my professional and personal life."

 "My professional life has changed dramatically since the day I heard Sharon Ellison's theory of Powerful Non-defensive Communication at the Connecticut Regional Mediation Conference. Non-defensive communication skills have enhanced my effectiveness as a lawyer, mediator, and as a law professor who teaches counseling and negotiation to law students."


"Absolutely fascinating! Outstanding! Sharon took us to a totally new level of effectiveness in how we deal with conflicts at work and at home."


"The first thing that comes across when Sharon Ellison explains her truly revolutionary idea of shifting our mode of communication to a non-defensive style is her passion for the subject. it's a full-blown technique for highly leveraging our effectiveness in communicating with others... As a 40+ year veteran of the conflict-ridden field of community planning, I only wish I had learned Sharon's methods 40 years ago" 

"Sharon Ellison is a remarkable teacher in the field of communications. Her innovative approach has given teachers and school based therapists powerful tools to communicate more effectively with parents, school administrators, students, and fellow colleagues. The effectiveness of her PNDC process has been readily apparent and utilized immediately by a majority of our therapists."



Portland Location Fees (lunch included)

Early Bird Registration Discount Through May 1st

OMA Members: $150
Non-OMA Members: $190
Full-Time Students: $85
Regular Registration Rates: May 2nd - May 14th
OMA Members: $160
Non-OMA Members: $200
Full-Time Students: $95

(10% discount for groups of 5 or more, contact the OMA office prior to registering)





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