Mediation training sessions to begin March 1 in Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC – The Midlands Mediation Center (MMC) is conducting “Introduction to Mediation” training over the course of eight Tuesday evenings beginning March 1 at the mediation center near Columbia College.  Business, non-profit, human resources, and law enforcement professionals are encouraged to participate.

This series emphasizes skills necessary for anyone who wants to transform and empower by understanding and resolving conflicts, improving relationships and strengthening families, communities, organizations and workplaces.  Topics include the Dynamics of Conflict, Dispute Resolution Styles, Active Listening Skills and the Mediation Process.  Instructors Gladys Coles and Diane Frea are trained facilitators and mediators.

Registration is $250 for the 20 hours of instruction, materials and role plays.  The group will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from March 1 through April 26 (except March 29) at the center, 4801 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC, 29203. Advance registration online through is required, and seats are offered on a space-available, first-paid basis. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

This training has been pre-approved for 16 hours of recertification credit through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

For more information, visit or call (803) 714-1176.

Disclaimer: This training is not a certification in mediation and does not provide an expectation of work or income from mediation. An additional 20 hours of “lab” observation and co-mediation in semi-monthly small claims magistrate court prepares participants to serve as volunteer mediators for the Midlands Mediation Center.

The Midlands Mediation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses trained volunteer mediators to provide low-cost mediation and conflict management services to individuals and organizations in the Midlands of South Carolina.   Many people who have experienced mediation are changed and have more capacity to prevent and resolve future conflicts.