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Join us for a six-week education series to learn principles and skills used in mediation and restorative practices.

NCW Libraries is partnering with the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center, NCW Equity Alliance, and Our Valley Our Future to present the Curious Conversations series of workshops at Wenatchee Public Library this fall.

In this free series, participants will learn listening and communications skills; study conflict dynamics and styles; and learn how to practice conflict resolution skills for de-escalation and peaceful communication. You can sign up for the whole series or drop in as you are able, although attendance at each session in the series in highly recommended.


Sept. 28: Learn to Listen – Listen to Learn

Learning how to listen improves relationships, conversations, and comprehension. Discover and practice techniques for invaluable communication skills.

Oct. 5: Conflict Styles and Dynamics

What is conflict, and what does it mean to me? How do I approach conflict situations. Explore your conflict styles and how to encourage productive conflict.

Oct. 12: Taming Our Triggers

Anger? Frustration? How do I react? Learn some basic techniques for self and other de-escalation when emotions run hot.

Oct. 19: Compassionate Communication

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Discover techniques for curious conversations that help people listen and understand each other by transforming a negative statement into a positive one.

Oct. 26: Iceberg of Conflict

What is really going on at the heart of the conflict? Learn about uncovering underlying issues and interests and how to foster meaningful conversations.

Nov. 2: Judging vs. Curious 

What are my roadblocks when the topic is diverse? Open the doors for curious conversations by discovering and challenging your bias.

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