Be a mediator! One of the best ways to enter the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field is to get training and experience as a volunteer community mediator. The Dispute Resolution Center offers quality training provided by trainers certified by the Office of ADR Programs, a supervised apprenticeship and the opportunity to provide service both in and out of the court system. Lectures, role plays, case studies, and demonstrations are designed to instill the skills needed by successful mediators. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are often available for attorneys.
- Completion of an approved Basic Mediation Training Course
- Completion of the Apprenticeship Program
- Observing a minimum of one mediation session
- Co-mediating a minimum of five mediation sessions with an experienced mediator
- Holding a debriefing session with a Center staff member or mentor after each observation and co-mediation session
Mediator Active Status Requirements
- Be available to mediate a minimum of twice a month,.
- Mediate a minimum of three cases over a one-year period
- Take a minimum of six hours of continuing education training offered either by the Center or a pre-approved provider.
- At the Agency Director’s discretion, these requirements may be increased, if necessary, for the candidate to develop the requisite skills needed to mediate proficiently.