Training & Events

Restorative Justice Mediation/Conferencing

April 25th-27th, 2024

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a growing movement to respond constructively to crime and other harms. It takes seriously the needs of victims and their right to have a strong voice in how the harm is repaired. At the same time, it guides people who have committed harms to take a full and active form of accountability. Neighbor to Neighbor conducts RJ processes for juvenile crimes throughout the Mid-Valley, as well as community situations. We rely on trained volunteers to run these cases. This is a powerful way to give to your community, and a helpful skill set for anyone.

This training is essential for potential RJ volunteers, and valuable for educators, social workers, justice system professionals, or anyone else who wants to learn dialogue skills to better promote healing, accountability and repair. Participants can expect an engaging blend of small-group, large-group, and presentation times, along with role plays for experiential learning.

Download the 2024 RJ Flyer

The next training will take place over 2.5 days in the Spring of 2024: 

Trainer: Scott Smith – Scott Smith is an experienced educator and currently serves as the Director of Restorative Justice at N2N.*student and group discounts can be requested when registering. Free for active N2N volunteers.

Location: Salem, OR

Basic Mediation Training

This 40-hour Training is open to the public.  Typical attendees include those wishing to volunteer as mediators at a Community Dispute Center, lawyers, business people, teachers, counselors and anyone who wants to learn constructive ways to deal with conflict.  The concepts and skills of mediation can be applied not only formally as a mediator but individually while informally interacting with others a home, work or in the community.  

This training is interactive and includes exercises, role plays and class discussion.  This training meets all standards set for community mediations within the University of Oregon School of Law, OMA standards and standards for Civil Mediation established by the Oregon Chief Justice order #05-028

Next Training: June 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 2024   BMT 2024 June


Already Completed a Basic Mediation Training?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Neighbor-to-Neighbor and have already completed a 32+ hour Basic Mediation Training, please fill in the below form and submit to n2n.heather.wright@gmail.com

N2N Volunteer Waiver Form

Manufactured/Marina Home Park Mediation Training

Neighbor-to-Neighbor is excited to offer training for our Manufactured & Marine Home Park Mediation Program! This program provides community mediation services between manufactured or marine home park residents or between manufactured or marine home park managers and residents, and is funded through a grant provided by the Manufactured Communities Resource Center, or MCRC.  In January 2020, legislation from SB586 made some MHP mediation mandatory.

This training is for mediators to familiarize themselves with the particulars of MMHP issues and MCRC resources. This training will also include a section on mandatory mediation and the changes, policies and procedure needed. This 3-hour training required for any mediator who would like to mediate these cases with Neighbor to Neighbor.  It is also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all mediators that have done past MHP or MMHP mediations as a refresher and to help understand “mandatory” mediation.

The cost is $90 for this training, with the fee waived for Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers. We do need n2n volunteers to register. An option for remote attendance is available, please let us know if you would like to attend this training remotely.

Next Training:  TBD

MMHP Mediation Training Registration

Court-related Mediation, Small Claims/FED

Small claims courts all across Oregon offer free mediation services to plaintiffs and defendants prior to parties presenting their case before a judge. This training will cover how small claims mediation fits into the broader small claims court process, the implications of mediating in a court process, and the types of cases you will mediate the most in small claims court. N2N’s interactive approach means you will be participating in role plays mediations, group discussions, and activities throughout the training.

Mediation works, and few places are better to advance and hone your mediation skills than in small claims court.


The cost is $150 for this training, with the fee waived for Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers. We do need n2n volunteers to register. An option for remote attendance is available, please let us know if you would like to attend this training remotely.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor hosts monthly In-Services, alternating monthly between Marion County, Yamhill County and Linn/Benton County, to bring our volunteers together to provide on-going education, learn from each other, support and build our community of volunteers, and discuss best practices and difficult situations. Open to all volunteers, these In-Services are a great way to strengthen mediation skills and learn from one another’s insights and experiences.  Call 503-585-0651, opt 7 for next date and location. 


Oregon Mediation Association Training Calendar: