Basic Mediation and Continuing Education Training
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method used to resolve conflicts and disputes whereby communication is the caveat. Mediation can also be used to develop mutual plans and expectations about future events and/or changes that will cause an inevitable shift in one’s day to day routines. Mediation is conducted by a mediator, who is a neutral third party to the dispute and will act in an impartial manner at all times throughout the mediation process. Mediators do not give legal advice or counsel, nor do they give suggestions or force participants to reach settlements/agreements.
Mediation is voluntary and confidential. At any time during the mediation process, participants can take breaks or decide to end the session. The purpose of mediation is to provide people with a platform to discuss personal information in an environment that is safe, confidential and free of judgment. Participants are encouraged to use self-determination in the process which means that they are able to make informed decisions about how they want to interact and make decisions during the mediation. Because of the confidential nature of mediation, all participants, observers and mediators are required to sign a Consent to Mediate form which outlines what confidentiality means and references the Annotated Code of Maryland and Judiciary Rule Title 17. Additionally it asserts that the mediators will abide by the Maryland Standards of Conduct for Mediators during mediation sessions. A copy of the standards can be found here: www.mdmediation.org/maryland-standards-conduct-mediators
The types of disputes/conflicts we mediate are:
- Family – Disputes involving interpersonal disputes/conflicts within the family which could be centered on spousal, parent-child, elderly care, or blended family disputes.
- Neighbors – Disputes that stem from topics that only exist due to the neighbor relationship. This includes, but is not limited to concerns about parking, noise, visitors, pets, common areas, yards, repairs and communications.
- Relationship – Conflicts that are a result of a friendship, family members, co-workers, etc. These are primarily interpersonal disputes between people that cause conflict.
- Parenting Plan – Child centered mediations that allow parents and/or guardians to create a plan that will guide how they raise their children when they no longer live together. The plan covers various topics that relate to living arrangements, decision making and timesharing.
- Divorce/Separation – Life planning mediations that lay out expectations about how assets and obligations will be handled during and after divorce/separation.
- Business – Disputes resulting from a business partnership or consumer/merchant concern.
- Landlord & Tenant – Conflicts or concerns arising out of landlord or tenant responsibilities such as repairs, rent, lease modifications, etc.
- Monetary – Disputes over money owed to another person, business, or contractor.
Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Community Mediation coordinators will contact you in 2-4 business days to begin scheduling the mediation.
CMPG provides facilitators upon request for meetings and workshops. Facilitation is a set of skills used to conduct small and large group discussions, often called dialogues, about a particular topic. Facilitated meetings are helpful because the facilitator is a neutral third party to the topics at hand and they have the skills to ensure that the purpose of the meeting is fulfilled. Facilitators keep meetings on task by incorporating the use of timed speaking tools, strategic communication and interactive problem solving activities. Facilitations are useful when decisions affecting a large group of people need to be made or when there is a need to implement changes in a community, business or organization. Facilitations have to be requested at least 60 days in advance to allow for planning and informing the desired audience of the meeting. We will work with the requestor to develop an agenda and meeting dates.
If you would like to request a facilitator for a meeting or workshop contact us at (301) 952-4729 and ask to speak with the mediation division.
Basic Mediation and Continuing Education Training
CMPG provides a 45 hour Basic Mediation Training and monthly skills-based continuing education for mediators. Our Basic Mediation training meets the requirements of Maryland Rules of Procedure Title 17-106 MEDIATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. We also provide our members with training provided by Community Mediation Maryland (CMM). CMM provides the following trainings:
- 50 hour Basic Mediation Training
- 24 hour Parenting Plan Training
- 20 hour Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Training
- 18 hour Large Group Facilitation Training
- 15 hour Intake Training
CMPG also provides continuing education/refresher training for volunteers, who are required to attend five (5) skills-based continuing education activities per year (one must be ethics). Complimentary training includes a variety of topics such as:
- Agreement Writing
- Strategic Listening
- Dealing With Intense Conflict
- Mediator Ethics