PDRC is on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s list of providers certified to teach Co-Parenting Classes.
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Co-Parenting Training
 Classes are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our next class is scheduled for

Location:  98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 53 (Fifth Floor), Warrenton, VA 20186.

Important: The building is locked on the weekends. Please be ON TIME as the instructor must let you in. Thank you.

Classes are held once a month. The class fee is based on income. Please contact us to see if you qualify for a free class.  If you must pay, the cost is $30, which will include a book and other handouts. Payment is expected at time of registration.

You must pre-register for these classes.
Call 540-347-6650 or email 

All class participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Classes will cover the following:

The effects of separation and divorce on children and families; the impact of parental conflict on children; how to improve parenting skills; developmental stages of children; parenting responsibilities; options for conflict resolution and parental financial responsibilities.

Here are some comments from our class participants:

Question: What were the most helpful aspects of the course?

How to co-parent. Stay focused on the child and not the past.
The video was very informative. Focusing on communication is very helpful as well.
Communication, putting the child first no matter what, always think about
the child, put yourself in their shoes.
All of it. Very helpful. I love the video also.
Learning how to calm yourself and reflect on what the bigger picture is for your child.
Techniques for communicating.
Just sitting there and hearing the others talk.
Knowing how to talk to each other.
Communication–ways to effectively get your point across without offending.
Different tools for better communication.
The dialogue with the presenter.
Talking with others in class, sharing experiences and resolutions.
Being able to listen to others and how they handled their situations.
Video was effective as it had relatable content.  The course materials included good advice for dealing with conflict.
Doing what’s best for your child.
She (the instructor) got to know each one of us and was very helpful with getting us to open up and ask questions and she answered them greatly.
Discussing different ways to address behavior issues in both homes.
Communication–always model good behavior.

This 20-Hour interactive course teaches practical, effective mediation skills applicable in general district court and many arenas and is great training for anyone interested in conflict resolution. Participants will learn and practice key skills in conflict resolution, interest-based negotiations, reflective listening, facilitation, and structured problem-solving.
The course is approved by the Division of Dispute Resolution Services, Supreme Court of Virginia for general district court mediator certification. It is offered approximately two times a year. Please contact us at 540-347-6650 for future dates if it is not listed here.

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center offers training and workshops for individuals, businesses, and certified mediators. Click here for an example of our mentoring and guidance opportunities for students.
PDRC offers one to two day trainings for Community and Restorative Circles.  This highly effective program is an excellent alternative to zero tolerance policies and has proven to reduce misbehavior, increase student and faculty morale and increase community mindfulness. PDRC has trained extensively with Alexandria City, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Rappahannock and Orange County Public School Systems to train their staff to include principals, assistant principals, school counselors, teachers and others in this program.
Some comments from the classes:
“The peer mediation training taught me how to help other students resolve conflict before it gets to violence.  This program is the best.  Thank you.”
“Excellent trainers and training . . . practical and engaging.”
“An excellent and comprehensive presentation.”
“Very informative! Far beyond my expectations”
“Best ethical dilemmas in a training.

PDRC offers continuing mediation education classes to assist our mediators in networking with and learning from other mediators, sharpening our skills and obtaining the necessary hours for recertification. There is no charge for active PDRC volunteers. The fee for mediators not affiliated with PDRC typically costs approximately $35 per class.
For information on any of the above services please e-mail or call  540-347-6650.

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.