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Transforming Conflict into Positive Change through Mediation Skills

For Release Upon Receipt - September 29, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Behavioural Sciences will host an introductory course in Mediation Skills from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 16th to 20th, 2009.

The course, which will be held in the Social Sciences Faculty Lounge at UWI St Augustine, is of interest to managerial and administrative personnel, local government, law enforcement, social service professionals, regional corporations and community leaders. Participants will build and enhance skills for resolving interpersonal and group conflict, as well as client and stakeholder disputes. They will also be exposed to critical knowledge and skills needed to build expertise for in-house intervention, alternative dispute resolution, group problem solving and facilitation. These skills are essential for resolving conflict in workplaces, communities and organisations. The course will cost $7,000 per participant, which includes lunch and refreshments.

Mr. Tom Kalpatoo, who will present the course, has twenty years of field experience in governmental, statutory, workplace and public policy mediation. He has lectured at Capilano College, the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Analysis and the University of British Columbia and delivered mediation and negotiation training in Canada, Latin America and throughout the Caribbean. He has mediated over 2,000 cases for governments, organizations, law enforcement agencies, unions and community groups since 1989 and currently serves on the British Columbia Mediation Roster. Training participants have included corporate managers, lawyers, human resources personnel, police, military, teachers, social workers and government officials.

For more information, please contact Victoria Hawkins at


or (868) 663-3810, or Michylle Arthur at


or 662-2002 Ext. 3234 or     663-3810.


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