Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps people in disputes to communicate and understand one another and to reach an agreement that is mutually satisfactory. Mediators do not make decisions for disputing parties, but instead provide and/or recommend terms for agreement.
This Basic Mediation 40-hour training program meets the State of Maryland Requirements for Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO).
- the language of mediation and the theory, goals, and application of mediation methodologies
- interactive participation in simulated cases, exercises and role plays
- skills to assist parties in overcoming barriers in a dispute process
- the roles of attorneys and clients in mediation
- ethical responsibility of the mediator; strategies to deal with difficult people, power balances and cultural sensitivity
Mediation for Youth is a course designed for teens, ages 14-19 years of age (born after 2001), to earn a Mediation Certificate. Students will be taught the basic mediation skills through lecture, case studies, role playing and supervised mediation examples. The benefits of completing this course include:
* service learning credits that count toward high school graduation
* life skills in conflict management
* becoming a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME)
Divorce Mediation is a 20 hour course that will train the mediator in the following areas: conflict resolution; identifying and screening domestic violence; property and financial issues, asset and debt distribution, tax consequences and how to recognize the impact of divorce on all individuals involved.
Mediator Ethics is a course focused on the review of ethical standards of mediator practices through group discussions, role plays and video presentations. This course satisfies the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Students who have completed the 40-hour basic mediation training and anyone interested in understanding how to make ethical decisions in their mediation practices are encouraged to attend.
Explore Alternative Dispute Resolution explores various means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom as an alternative to litigation, typically including arbitration, mediation, conciliation and early neutral evaluation.