From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD – – Do you like helping people? Are you a good listener? Can you listen to people without taking sides? Do you believe in solving problems without violence or litigation?
The Harford Community Mediation Program (HCCMP) is accepting applications for free training from citizens interested in becoming a volunteer mediator. The training includes 45 hours of basic mediation training and an additional five hours of advance training. To participate, one must be accepted into and successfully complete the training. Interested persons must also agree to one year of volunteer service to the HCCMP, and be available to mediate an average of once or twice per month. The upcoming May/June 2010 training schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 14:6pm-9pm
Saturday, May 15:9am-5pm
Sunday, May 16:9am-5pm
Friday, May 21:6pm-9pm
Saturday, May 22:9am-5pm
Sunday, May 23:9am-5pm
Friday, June 4:6pm-9pm
Saturday, June 5:9am-5pm
Sunday, June 6:9am-1pm
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential alternative for parties involved in a dispute. Trained mediators will guide parties through an informal process that helps those involved to identify the issues and generate their own resolutions. Mediators are neutral and do not take sides or tell parties what to do.
For more information contact Susan Fisher, Program Coordinator, at 410-638-4807 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A volunteer application can be downloaded atwww.harfordcountymd.gov/services/mediation. Interviews for acceptance into the training will begin in mid March. The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.