Volunteer Mediator Training
Get involved - your community needs youDo you like helping people? Do you want to help promote peaceful ways to resolve conflict in your community? Can you listen to others without passing judgment? As a volunteer mediator, you can help neighbors resolve conflicts, help youth learn new skills to handle conflict, offer inmates a chance to make a re-entry plan, help parents create parenting plans to meet everyone’s needs and create a community that uses a problem-solving process instead of the courts.
The processNew applications for the basic mediator training are accepted on a rolling basis. Once a year, Harford County Community Mediation Program (HCCMP) receives the funding to offer a free training. These seats are in high demand. On average, we receive about 35 applicants for about 16 seats each year. Prospective volunteers submit an application and may be invited to go through a very competitive selection process, which includes a phone interview and a three-hour orientation before final selections are made.
While HCCMP understands that people lead busy lives, we are offering a unique and selective opportunity to become one of our volunteer mediators. We will only accept those volunteers who are available and can make a commitment to attend the full training and consistently fulfill their volunteer commitment.
Training & apprenticeshipThe training and apprenticeship process includes basic mediation training and an apprenticeship (two observations and two mediations with an experienced mediator). After volunteering with HCCMP for a minimum of 100 hours within one calendar, following the training and apprenticeship, the volunteer will receive a Certificate of Training. The 100 hours this average to mediating twice per month, but can include outreach and office work of about 10 hours per month.
Application packageDownload the application package (PDF) if you are interested in applying.
Training philosophyBasic mediation training (free in exchange for volunteering) is offered through us by Community Mediation Maryland. Below is more on their training.
Community Mediation Maryland
The following information was adapted from the Community Mediation Maryland website.
CMM uses experiential learning to teach listening and conflict resolution skills, which means:
- People learn from their own and each other’s experiences
- Exercises are used to create an experience in the room and then the group processes what we can learn from that experience to be effective in conflict
- As the participants learn skills, they practice them and gain experience with the skills through skill-building exercises and role-plays