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ORGANIZATION: MEDIATION SERVICES OF NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS INC

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 6 people are interested
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If you are not already trained as a mediator, you can attend one of our basic mediation course this summer. There is an upfront cost for those that don't qualify for scholarship, but all volunteers have the opportunity to participate in our rebate program (rebate program has the same volunteer commitment, but is for those that do not qualify for a scholarship).

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS MUST:

  • Fulfill requirement after training which include observing a minimum of 2-3 mediations and mediating at least 3 times with MSI mediation staff before becoming a full roster member that can mediate with another volunteer.
  • Co-mediate with the MSI Program thereafter for 1 year, once per month until completing a minimum of 12 mediation sessions as a volunteer mediator on our roster.
  • Scholarship grantees unable to fulfill their commitment will be required to pay back 45% of the original cost of training.
MEDIATORS USE THE FOLLOWING SKILLS:
Interpersonal Skills
- Be able Build Trust, Listening skills- Need to collect information and note what is important to the parties, Communication skills- Ability/skill to share information appropriately, Neutrality- Must learn to put your personal opinions/feelings aside and use neutral language to help the parties meet theirneeds and allow the parties to determine what will work for them (self-determination) even if it is not something you agree with., Empathy - showing understanding, Honesty/Sincerity/Respect- not enough to just 'be’ honest...must show it, Integrity- maintaining confidentiality and mediator code of conduct, Perception- Determine parties’ willingness, Negotiation skills- Ability to reframe the issues & Internal control - Patience, Humility

Mediators are neutral and do not make decisions for people or give them advice. We listen, ask questions, try to understand their story and what they want to get out of the process.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO:
  • Have answers about the law (but you should know basis of the small claims hearing process...which will be covered in the course)
  • Have answers about what will work for the parties​
  • Give advice (in fact, you need to avoid giving advice)

If you have already taken a Basic Mediation Course, you can inquire and complete a volunteer application and will also need to supply a copy of your course completion certificate.

4 Shifts

  • 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    9am Thursdays FITCHBURG Court list- VIRTUAL. All mediators must complete 30-40 hour training and observe 2 cases prior to mediating.
  • 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    9am TUESDAYS Leominster Court list- VIRTUAL. All mediators must complete 30-40 hour training and observe 2 cases prior to mediating.
  • 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    9am Court list- in person at Gardner MA Dist. Court. All mediators must attend 30-40 hour training and observe 2 cases prior to mediating.
  • 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    1pm Monday- Fitchburg Court list- VIRTUAL All mediators must complete 30-40 hour training and observe 2 cases prior to mediating cases.
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About MEDIATION SERVICES OF NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS INC

Location:

435 LANCASTER ST STE 224, LEOMINSTER, MA 01453, US

Mission Statement

Our agency's mission is to empower people to resolve conflicts peacefully through mutual understanding and respect.

Description

Mediation Services of North Central MA, Inc. is a private non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide mediation services in Fitchburg District Court, now we provide a broad range of conflict resolution services including: mediation, facilitation, and conflict coaching services, and trainings in positive communication and problem solving to communities throughout North Central Massachusetts, including four District Courts. Since 2002, MSI has also been working with schools in various communities in our service area to develop and coordinate peer mediation programs, conflict resolution and anger management trainings for both students and staff as part, their Safer Schools Initiatives and Social and Emotional Learning Programming. Part of our work with youth includes the development of a Youth Ambassador for Conflict Resolution summer program for area middle and high school students and assisting with conflict resolution workshops at local junior police academies. We are also part of state-wide programs for housing mediation that assists landlords and tenants in having conversations to avoid eviction proceedings; as well as re-entry mediation program to assist formerly incarcerated people in re-joining the community and their family, which can help to reduce recidivism.

CAUSE AREAS

Board Development
Community
Justice & Legal
Board Development, Community, Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 4 shifts

WHERE

Multiple locations Leominster, MA 01453

(42.52334,-71.73853)
 

SKILLS

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3 hours per month is the commitment to maintain mediator roster spot and keep up skills.
  • 6 hours of continuing mediator education per year.

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