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Upcoming Mediation Training


We offer in-person 40-hour mediator training annually. Our 2025 volunteer training dates are set! They are February 21 - 23rd and March 7th - 9th, 2025.  If you have any questions or are interested in attending a training, please contact our office at 570-374-1718 or, 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 $1,000.  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 2024 SVM Mediatiors!
Back row, pictured from left: staff Meredith Lemons, Jen Drouin, Bonnie Page, Toby Gaffron, Tom Rosancrans, Kathy Shelley, Cesar Nunez, Cymantha Santiago-Nunez, trainer Susan Jordan, Nancy Frazier. Front row, pictured from left: staff Meg Martin, staff Shawnee Robel, LuAn Keller, Haley Stanko, Jane Griffin

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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 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.

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