Confidential. Voluntary. Non-judgmental.
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential problem-solving process in which two non-judgmental mediators help two or more people develop solutions to their conflict. Community mediation is facilitated by highly trained volunteers committed to abiding by the Maryland Standards of Conduct for Mediators.
The confidentiality of mediation is protected by the Maryland Mediation Confidentiality Act. Community mediators guide the participants through a process that helps identify problems, generate solutions and create agreements acceptable to both.
Mid Shore Community Mediation Center provides mediation and conflict resolution services for all types of disputes and situations, please contact us if you have questions about how mediation may be suitable for your conflict. In addition to mediation, we offer group meeting facilitation and conflict management workshops.
Some types of disputes where mediation or facilitation is often helpful are:
- Parenting Plan/Custody Agreements
- Landlord-Tenant Issues
- Roomate/Neighbor Relationships
- Parent-Teen Discussions
- Small Claims Cases
- Employment/Business Disputes
- Elder Care
- Family/Wedding Planning
- Community Issues
- Organizational Strategic Planning
Mediation is sometimes called Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Resolution, or Dispute Resolution.
How much does Mediation Cost?
Mediation and facilitation services are provided to the public free of charge.
When & where does Mediation happen?
Mediation is scheduled at a time and place convenient to the participants. Mid Shore Mediation has locations across Dorchester, Talbot and Caroline counties.
How can I schedule a Mediation?
To schedule a mediation, please contact us or call 410-820-5553.
The 10 Point Community Mediation Model
Mediation helps people reach agreements, rebuild relationships, and find permanent solutions to their disputes. Mediation is a process that lets people speak for themselves and make their own decisions. Community mediation provides a non-profit framework for ensuring access to mediation services at the community level with control and responsibility for dispute resolution maintained in the community. Community mediation strives to:
- Train community members – who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, education, religion, life experience, and geographic location to serve as volunteer mediators.
- Provide mediation services at no cost or on a sliding scale.
- Hold mediations in neighborhoods where disputes occur.
- Schedule mediations at a time and place convenient to the participants.
- Encourage early use of mediation to prevent violence or to reduce the need for court intervention, as well as provide mediation at any stage in a dispute.
- Mediate community-based disputes that come from referral sources including self-referrals, police, courts, community organizations, civic groups, religious institutions, government agencies and others.
- Educate community members about conflict resolution and mediation.
- Maintain high quality mediators by providing intensive, skill-based training, apprenticeships, continuing education and ongoing evaluation of volunteer mediators.
- Work with the community in governing community mediation programs in a manner that is based on collaborative problem solving among staff, volunteers and community members.
- Provide mediation, education, and potentially other conflict resolution processes to community members who reflect the community’s diversity with regard to age, race, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, education, religion, life experience, and geographic location.