Introduction to Mediation is a 20-hour course designed for individuals interested in helping their community manage conflicts, resolve disputes, and/or to volunteer with the Magistrate Court's or Community Mediation Program.
The Mediation Training is Thursday Evenings: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm (2 1/2 hours) and Saturdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (5 hours)
October 10 & October 12 - Conflict Resolution & Mediation and The Mediator
October 17 & October 19 - The Mediation Process & Standards of Conduct
October 24 & October 26 - Communication Skills & South Carolina's ADR Rules
Ever wonder, "Where do I start in becoming an effective mediator?" or "How can I improve my communication and conflict resolution skills?" If so, here is your first step.
Training is open to all members of the community interested in improving their communication skills and learning more about tools for conflict resolution. The training can prepare you to act as a neutral mediator in community conflicts.* Training is suited for businesses, non-profits, human resources, social services, and law enforcement professionals.
* WARNING: TRAINING IS NOT THE SAME AS CERTIFICATION
Anyone may take these classes to become a well-trained mediator. However, training does not qualify individuals to receive certification. South Carolina only certifies attorney mediators through S.C. Board of Arbitrator & Mediator Certification; you must also be eligible for certification, of which training is only one requirement. For all Board certification requirements, please read closely court-annexed ADR Rule 19, available at www.scbar.org/adr along with applications, roster, FAQs and much more.
Register today; space is limited. Confirmation of training will be sent via email no later than Friday, September 27, 2019. A minimum of 6 participants is required.
Food: Continental Breakfast and a light lunch will be served; Light snacks and water will be available.
Those who are interested in serving as an MMC volunteer mediator in small claims magistrate court or as a community mediator need to complete an additional 20 hours of "lab" observation and co-mediation during the court or community mediation. You will need to complete an MMC volunteer mediator application after the classroom portion.
Training is led by MMC's Executive Director, Kabrina Bass M.A. and a cast of guest presenters.
All registrations must be pre-paid.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $50 processing fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the Midlands Mediation Center (MMC) at firstname.lastname@example.org or online cancelation by 5 p.m., seven days prior to scheduled training. Transfers of training are accepted with prior notification given to MMC. If you register but do not cancel or attend, you will receive the written handout materials in consideration of payment. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend. No refunds after the registration deadline.
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