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.

Upcoming Mediation Training

 

We are offering a hybrid virtual and in-person 40-hour mediator training October 22-24 and Nov 6-7. Applications are due no later than Friday, October, 8th. If you have any questions or are interested in attending the training, please contact our office at 570-374-1718 or casecoordinator@svmediation.org, 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.

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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 accept 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.