COLUMBIA, SC – The Midlands Mediation Center (MMC) is conducting “Introduction to Mediation” training over three days beginning Jan. 25 at the center near Columbia College. Business, non-profit, human resources, education 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. This series will have a special emphasis on training volunteers to conduct community-based mediations as an alternative to litigation. A limited number of scholarships are offered for a commitment to complete the observation requirement and be available to volunteer to mediate community cases in the Midlands. (Separate scholarship application required; visit www.midlandsmediation.org to download a copy.)
Topics covered during the training include the Dynamics of Conflict, Dispute Resolution Styles, Communication Skills and the Mediation Process. Lead Instructor Diane Frea, MMC executive director, will be supported by a cast of guest presenters.
Registration is $250 for the 20 hours of instruction, materials and role plays. The group will meet from 8:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25; Friday, Jan. 26; and Monday, Jan. 29, at the center, 4801 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC, 29203. Advance registration at https://mediationtrainingjan2018.eventbrite.com is required, and seats are offered on a space-available, first-paid basis. Registration deadline is noon Friday, Jan. 19.
For more information, visit www.midlandsmediation.org 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 or community-based mediation sessions is required to prepare participants to serve as volunteer mediators for the Midlands Mediation Center.
The Midlands Mediation Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization, MMC uses trained volunteers to provide low-cost mediation and conflict management services to individuals and organizations in central South Carolina. Many people who have experienced mediation are changed and have more capacity to prevent and resolve future conflicts.