Laura Brogden: Economic Class and Mediation

May 4-5, 2012
19th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference

Economic Class and Mediation: How Poverty Influences the Resolution of Conflict

Laura Brogden, M.Ed, Port Angeles, WA

Saturday, May 5, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Mediation is largely a middle-class invention, stemming from values and processes that are familiar and comfortable to most of us who grew up with middle incomes. For those living in poverty, however, mediation can be a confusing and counter-intuitive process. This workshop will discuss the work of Ruby Payne’s Culture of Poverty along with Donna Beegle’s work with generational poverty and their potential relationship to the mediation process. This workshop might be especially relevant to those working in DRCs with lower-income families. Suitable for all mediation levels.

Laura Brogden is a certified mediator for Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center (PDRC) and the Washington Mediation Association. She has also been a mediator for Sound Options for the Special Education CADRE since 2004 as well as a mediator for the Seattle Federal Executive Board since 2009. She has served as an educational administrator and instructor at Peninsula College from 1992-1997 and 2004 to the present. Laura has been the Family Literacy and Basic Skills Coordinator at Peninsula College since 2004. In addition, she is a published author.

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