IMPACT Justice sponsored a 40-hour community mediation training workshop in St. Kitts and Nevis on October 5th – 9th, 2015. The workshop was held at the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce conference room and facilitated by the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica.
Prof. Velma Newton, IMPACT Justice Regional Project Director, gave Opening Remarks during which she provided an outline of the IMPACT Justice Project, telling participants that the training they would receive was part of a broader alternative dispute resolution (ADR) component. She hoped that the skills learned would be utilised to solve disputes at the grass-roots level, before matters reach the courts, or worse, escalate into violence and crime.
The workshop was organized with the assistance of the St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and attended by 25 attorneys-at-law, 22 of which were female. At the workshop participants learned the core values of effective conflict resolution, various pre-mediation procedures, mediation techniques. They completed practical exercises and participated in simulations and role plays.
Overall, the participants were very pleased with the content and delivery of the workshop and commended the trainer, Mr. Paul Hines and coaches, Terry Ranglin and Junior Campbell for their good work.