What We Do: Community Mediation
MCRC offers free community mediations to people who live or work in Howard County. We use a volunteer based co-mediation model to offer high quality mediations. Every volunteer must be trained in a 40-hour mediation class before being able to facilitate. In community mediation, participants sit down with two neutral, impartial facilitators who guide participants to come to their own solutions for their individual conflict. The process is voluntary for all participating in the process and offers participants the unique opportunity to form their own resolution through a greater understanding of each other and the conflict as a whole.
Mediation has numerous benefits, including:
- Timely scheduling
- Low or no cost
- Flexible scheduling
- Self-determined solutions
10 Points of Community Mediation
Mediation helps people reach agreements, rebuild relationships, and find permanent solutions to their disputes. Mediation is a process that lets people speak for themselves and make their own decisions. Community mediation provides a non-profit framework for assuring access to mediation services at the community level with control and responsibility for dispute resolution maintained in the community. Community mediation strives to:
- Train community members who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, income, and education to serve as volunteer mediators.
- Provide mediation services at no cost or on a sliding scale.
- Hold mediations in neighborhoods where disputes occur.
- Schedule mediations at a time and place convenient o the participants.
- Encourage early use of mediation to prevent violence or to reduce the need for court intervention, as well as provide mediation at any stage in a dispute.
- Mediate community-based disputes that come from referral sources including self-referrals, police, courts, community organizations, civic groups, religious institutions, government agencies, and others.
- Educate community members about conflict resolution and mediation.
- Maintain high-quality mediators by providing intensive, skills-based training, apprenticeships, continuing education, and ongoing evaluation of volunteer mediators.
- Work with the community in governing community mediation programs in a manner that is based on collaborative community mediation programs in a manner that is based on collaborative problem solving among staff, volunteers, and community members.
- Provide mediation, education, and potentially other conflict resolution processes to community members who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, income, education, and geographical location.
We HEAR…To HELP!
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or by appointment
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046