Dispute Resolution Center Accepting Applications for Mediation Training

The SE Texas Record Aug. 29, 2011, 8:34am

The Dispute Resolution Center of Jefferson County is accepting applications for its Volunteer Mediation Training.

Mediation is a problem-solving negotiation process in which people in dispute meet with trained mediators to reach their own mutually accepted solution.

In Texas, those interested in qualifying to serve as a mediator are required to complete a 40-hour Mediation Training. Mediation training is beneficial communication training that also enhances negotiation skills and provides professional career development.

The Dispute Resolution Center's Volunteer Mediation Training course will be held:

  • Orientation Program: Monday, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

  • Weekend I: Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Weekend II: Saturday, Oct. 1st and Sunday, Oct. 2, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Attendance during the orientation and the entire training is mandatory for completion of the course. Class size is limited.

    Volunteer mediators with the Dispute Resolution Center of Jefferson County conduct hundreds of mediations sessions each year. The mediation sessions provide citizens with a quick, cost-effective, non-adversarial alternative to litigation or jury trial.

    Serving as a mediator is a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience that saves time and money for the parties involved in the dispute, the county government, and the community.

    For more information contact the Dispute Resolution Center at (409) 835-8747 or the Dispute Resolution webpage on the Jefferson County website at www.co.jefferson.tx.us.

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