JC Dispute Resolution Center accepting applications for mediation training

By David Yates | Mar 24, 2016

BEAUMONT - 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.

According to a press release, mediation training is beneficial communication training that enhances negotiation skills and provides professional career development.

Orientation will begin on April 19, 5:30 pm - 8 pm; and training will be April 22 and April 23, 8 am - 5:30 pm.

The press release states observing a mediation and conducting a mediation through the DRC are additional requirements for completing the remaining hours required to complete the course.

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 mediation sessions each year, the press release states.

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, the press release states.

For more information contact the center at (409) 835-8747 or go to www.co.jefferson.tx.us.

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