Volunteer at Dispute Resolution
Who are mediators?
Mediators for the E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) are community members who volunteer their talents and time. Mediators require good communication skills, the ability to remain neutral, and a commitment to a collaborative approach to resolving conflict/disputes. They initially receive extensive training with opportunities for advanced training. Many find the mediation process and initial training of benefit in both their personal and professional lives.
What qualifies a person to mediate?
There is no educational or occupational preference for a Mediator. Persons who provide mediation through the CDRC become certified by completing a 40-hour training course followed by 10 hours of observation. Training can be provided at a low cost to a volunteer who makes a commitment to mediate an average of two cases per month for three years.
The E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center held a General Civil mediation training in the Spring of 2018 and a Domestic Mediation training in the Summer of 2019.
Currently, there is not another mediation scheduled locally. However, for those who are interested in becoming a trained mediator, please visit the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) website for information on the many trainings that are held across the state of Michigan.