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.
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.
Due to COVID-19, our regular training schedule is on hold, but you can take advantage of virtual offerings from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation in the meantime.