Central Mediation Center

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Central Mediation Center
  • Country: USA
  • City: Kearney
  • Type of organization: Non-profit Corporation
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All kinds of Disputes

[edit] Description

Central Mediation Center (CMC) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides mediation, facilitation, and conflict resolution training within a 35 county area in central and southwest Nebraska. The center is funded through grants, fees, and donations.

CMC is one of six Nebraska community mediation centers approved by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution under the auspices of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

CMC has a pool of trained professionals to serve as mediators. Mediators affiliated with CMC are required to meet training standards set by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution. Affiliated mediators must also receive annual continuing education.

[edit] Business Mediation

Misunderstandings and miscommunication can cause serious strains in business relationships. Their trained mediators will work with businesses to help find solutions that work for all concerned parties.

Parties may invite their attorneys or other involved parties to the mediation session. However attorneys are there to provide information to their client and not necessarily be an active participant in the mediation process itself.

[edit] Community Mediation

Because CMC is raised with different beliefs and values, conflict among community members and/or organizations occurs frequently. And when there is unmanaged conflict, constructive communication between parties has often broken down.

Mediation is an excellent problem-solving process for communities not only because it allows communication channels to be reopened but because of its philosophy of promoting cooperative rather than adversarial relationships.

[edit] Family Mediation

  • Families can Resolve Problems while Preserving Relationships...: Mediators use a collaborative problem-solving process that maintains and strengthens ongoing family relationships while developing a mutually agreeable solution. Mediation can help create a civil working relationship for divorcing couples.
  • Fair and Respectful...: The mediation process allows parties to work together to find solutions both can accept. As a result, people often come away from mediation with a strong sense of having been treated fairly.
  • Effective and Flexible...: Because the result is crafted by the parties, mediated agreements are more likely to be kept than court-ordered judgments. Mediated agreements can cover as many issues as the parties want and may be tailored to any situation. Mediation can be used with other processes, like the courts.
  • Convenient, Simple, Inexpensive...: Mediation times and places are set at the convenience of those involved. The process is informal and relatively inexpensive.
  • Voluntary, Private, Confidential...

[edit] Juvenile Parole/Probation Mediation

Juvenile Parole/Probation Mediation is a service of Nebraska's rural Mediation Centers. It is offered to youth who are currently part of the probation or parole system with the help of a federal program called JAIBG (Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant).

Referrals to mediation are typically made by the probation or parole officer, but can be made by anyone involved such as school personnel, counselors, & parents.

Mediation addresses the juvenile's accountability and provides opportunity for problem solving through face-to-face dialogue, with the assistance of neutral, third party mediators.

Mediation is an alternative process for youth, probation and parole officers, and others to use when conflict in the youth's life increases the risk of further law violation or incarceration.

[edit] Examples of Presenting Issues in JAIBG cases:

Juvenile – School: expectations of the school personnel, the youth and the parent(s); communication guidelines; discussing unresolved issues, such as previous truancy, fighting, incomplete assignments.

Juvenile – Parent: curfew; what do we both have to do to help you stay in the home; communication; relationships; driving

Victim – Offender: to address the emotional impact of an offense; restitution; closure

Juvenile – Juvenile: fighting

Juvenile Victim Offender: Victim/Offender Mediation (VOM) is a different way of perceiving and approaching crime and punishment. It is a process in which a victim of a criminal act and the juvenile offender can voluntarily meet with each other with the assistance of trained mediators. The purpose of this process is to provide a safe environment in which:

  • the victim and the offender can communicate directly about how the crime has affected them;
  • the victim can ask questions of the offender;
  • emotions can be expressed and acknowledged; and
  • restitution can be negotiated between the victim and the offender.

Often, family members and/or community members of both the victim and the offender are present during the VOM session. As a result, the process not only benefits victims and offenders, but can have a positive impact on families and communities.

Cases are usually referred by County Judges, County Attorneys, Diversion or office of Juvenile Services.

Safeguards: the offender has admitted responsibility for the action; the offender has agreed to participate before the victim is contacted by CMC; separate, private meetings are conducted with both the offender and the victim before a joint mediation session.

Types of offenses mediated: vandalism; shoplifting; property damage; assault; theft…

[edit] Workplace

The costs of unmanaged conflict are high--especially when valuable managers or employees are quitting because of conflict in the workplace.

Mediation is a valuable tool to help employees who are involved in a dispute to find a solution to their problems. When you call CMC, they will schedule a mediation in a neutral setting at a time that is convenient for all.

[edit] Facilitation

For those interested in implementing group decision making or problems solving, Central Mediation Center (CMC) offers a facilitated process which enables individuals and organization to come up with high quality, meaningful solutions serving the best interest of all concerned.

It is CMC's mission to promote non-adversarial dispute resolution strategies and creative, empowering decision making processes through interest-based mediation and facilitation services. This approach to conflict resolution and decision-making incorporated the interest-based negotiation model described in Fisher and Ury's book entitled Getting to Yes. It is a structured yet flexible process that brings parties together voluntarily to resolve differences through collaborative problem solving.

The facilitator is a neutral third party who assists all participants with communicating perspectives clearly, clarifying issues, exploring options, and reaching and implementing agreements, if possible. The facilitator controls the process, not the content, and has no authority to make a judgment or influence any decision. Sessions are bound by statutory confidentiality provisions unless subject to open meetings law.

This collaborative decision-making process is a very constructive approach to reaching highly satisfactory outcomes. It is well suited to situations where there is or will be on-going relationship, such as in a community or neighborhood, and an interest in customized results. There are multiple benefits to all involved: greater responsiveness to diverse needs, improved relationships, better communication in the future, and higher likelihood of finding common ground and innovative, meaningful and sustainable results.

Central Mediation Center utilizes the team approach in large group facilitations by providing at least two highly trained, qualified mediators in each case. CMC, with input from the clients if they so choose, selects facilitators who they feel are best qualified to facilitate that dispute, then contacts the clients for their approval of those facilitators.

[edit] Family Group Conferencing

Family Group Conferencing (FGC) offers a new approach for families in which children have been maltreated. The process is based on the belief that families and communities must partner together to ensure child safety and well-being. FGC is a facilitated process through which an extended family works to develop safety plans that protect their children.

[edit] Conflict Resolution Workshops

To many people, conflict means arguing, fighting, and other negative behaviors. CMC believes that conflict is part of life and necessary to encourage people to make changes so CMC focuses on learning to get positive results from theses naturally occurring conflicts.

Its conflict resolution trainings are tailor made to its audience both in subject matter and length of training. For instance, CMC can do a 3 hour communication skills training session with parents and their children, or a 2 day training for employees on how to solve problems in the workplace.

[edit] Contact

PO Box 838. 204 East 25th Street, Suite 5. Kearney NE 68848 - USA

Phone: 308-237-4692 or 800-203-3452 (toll free)

Email: info@centralmediationcenter.com

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