Training Reviews

What Some of Our Trainees are Saying about PDRC’s Courses

Lawrie Parker is an excellent instructor.
Excellent course!  Thank you, Lawrie.
1.5 hours is brief, the course is condensed from 8 hrs.  For the time spent, a great deal of information covered.
It was “just right” for a 1.5 hour training.
In response to the question: In your opinion, what were the most helpful aspects of the course?
Raising my awareness of multi-generational issues to a degree I had not considered as discrete factors in the mediation process.
Class participation and shared experiences.
Being made aware of the issues
Awareness how to be a better mediator.
Material, instructor’s encouragement of group conversation.
Good discussion that generated knowledge–honest interchange that had value.
Succinct and accurate observations of generational differences in values and views.

Here is a letter that was sent to from one of the attendees of Elder Mediation Training held on September 24, 2015.

September 28, 2015 · OPINION
“Thank you, Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center”
By Paulette Johnson
Fredericksburg, Virginia

It is with deep appreciation that I offer thanks to the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, under the direction of Lawrie Parker, executive director.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the eight-hour workshop, “Fundamentals of Elder Mediation and Decision-Making,” at the beautiful visitor center in Warrenton.
I am a new resident of Virginia, having relocated from New York state after living there 40 years. The halls and walls of the visitor center served as wonderful backdrop, showcasing the rich traditions of Warrenton and people behind them.
I appreciate so much being afforded the opportunity to attend this training. I am eager to learn and serve the better interests of the community of elders and their very concerned caregivers.

The average middle-aged adult now has more parents and in-laws than children. And as these baby boomers age and government resources diminish, more and more of the responsibilities of eldercare will fall upon families. Given these realities, most families will eventually be facing the kinds of challenges and stresses that can lead to conflict and create obstacles to reasoned decision-making. Additionally, an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. Of those, 5.1 million are 65 ore older.

It is imperative that we fully embrace the work of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center. The center is answering the call for our communities to meet the demands of our ever-changing society by offering training for elder mediators. These opportunities to learn and grow provide a delivery of care grounded in the principles of preserving people’s emotional health.