I've been accepted into the dispute resolution mediation program! After taking the 40-hour basic training, I passed the exam and had my interview on Friday. Here's what I'll be doing in the next year or two to earn a certification in mediation:
Minimum 6 observations and Professional Standards Evaluation
Family mediation training with written essay
Minimum 12 mediations (with another mediator) and final staff approval
Electives - 12 credits in a minimum of 3 areas:
DRC (Dispute Resolution Center) in-services (monthly, usually in the evenings) - 1 credit
Observing/mediating small claims court sessions - 1 credit
Role playing - 1 credit
DRC related projects - credits dependent on project
Additional DRC trainings - 2 credits per day
Outside trainings - 2 credits for first day, 1 for each additional
ADR confernces - 1 credit per day (in the spring)
In a couple of weeks I'll start by observing other mediators in actual sessions. This is a perfect volunteer activity for me because I can work it around travel and other activities. And I can use what I learn in all kinds of places in my life.
I got a second opinion on my tingling-feet issue and, on my family doc's recommendation, I had an MRI on my back on Friday to make sure nothing "evil" is going on. No evil! Looks like a 60-something's back with a narrowing between L2 and L3 that got aggravated when I sat down too hard. I am relieved. I'll continue to see my chiropractor. Both he and my family doc say a year is not an unreasonable amount of time for this healing to take. My next goal is to not worry that everything is a terminal illness. I suspect that came from my childhood, as my sister has the same problem. I'm ready for that fear to be removed.
We are hosting an old friend and two older nuns - friends of our friend - at our house this weekend. Yesterday we visited the Klesick Family Farm, the organic farm that delivers our fruits and vegetables each week, then drove to Snohomish, a town north of us with a main street populated by antique shops and tempting food places. We yielded to the ice cream store. This weekend Snohomish is the outdoor venue for multiple music groups. Lots of Pacific Northwesterners in their summer clothes wandering around - old tank tops, shorts and white legs! Young tattooed people and older souls like us, some aging hippies. A nice crowd and a fabulous, sunny day with temps exceeding 80 degrees - not too common for us, so extra special. Today the guests and the random hopeful gardener are spending the day in Seattle at Pike Place Market, Space Needle and an Argosy cruise to Blake Island for a native salmon dinner and entertainment. I am taking a break from hostessing to prepare for a meeting with our CPA on Tuesday. Our little group has spent the last two evenings playing Boggle and Rummikub.
It feels fabulous to be at the computer in my shorts and summer shirt and sandals, listing to my wind chimes and the birds outdoors. I think I'll settle into the aidirondack chair on the deck and catch up on my reading.
Good things happening!