Upcoming Mediation Training
We offer in-person 40-hour mediator training annually. Our next volunteer training will be February 23 - 25th and March 8-10, 2024. If you have any questions or are interested in attending a training, please contact our office at 570-374-1718 or email@example.com, or fill out the form below. Training is free to those who commit to serve as active volunteer mediators for at least two years. A limited number of training slots are available for those seeking training without serving as volunteers; tuition for these trainees is $750. Scholarships are available.
Become a Mediator
SVM mediators help people have difficult conversations on participants’ own terms. Our training is based on the transformative framework of conflict intervention.
Mediators learn to:
Understand conflict as a crisis in human interaction
Listen well and deeply to what people are saying
Reflect and summarize what they hear, helping people hear themselves and each other
Facilitate conversation for those caught in conflict to help them make the best decisions they can, given the situation they face and the perspectives of others involved.
SVM’s volunteers undergo an initial 40-hour training, which is spread over two weekends. After you successfully complete mediator training, you will be asked to observe at least two mediations, then you will be paired with an experienced mediator to conduct your mediations. Most mediations are held at our facility in Selinsgrove.
Mediators make a commitment to volunteer for at least two years after completing their training. Mediators volunteer for custody mediations, meetings for families in crisis, neighbor disputes, and other types of cases.
Welcome new 2023 SVM Mediatiors!
Pictured from left: Heather Adams, Caleb Yoder, Joanne Troutman, staff Meg Martin, Dina El-Mogazi, Rebecca Newton, Hope Goodling, Neina Brady, staff Meredith Lemons, Lydia Witherite, Jeff Bierly, Janie Coyne, Teisha Spaid, trainer, Susan Jordan, Neil Ellison
Being an active mediator
To remain a mediator in good standing with SVM, the following ongoing requirements must be met:
A mediator must be willing to be available for one to two mediation assignments each month. Most cases are co-mediated.
A mediator must participate in continuing education, as available through the center, and should attend at least one workshop or training each year.
Advanced training may be offered periodically, and mediators are encouraged to participate.