Maryland Association for Community Mediation Centers (MACMC)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Maryland Association for Community Mediation Centers (MACMC)
  • Country: USA
  • City: Glen Burnie
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1999
  • Interests: Mediation - Training - Research
  • Fields of expertise: Community, Family, Business & Employment (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] History

Community Mediation Maryland was founded and incorporated in 1999 by a number of community mediation centers working in conjunction with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, now the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). Community Mediation Maryland worked with MACRO to establish stable funding from the Maryland Judiciary for community mediation centers and to design a funding model. This model is unique in that it maintains the grassroots focus of community mediation centers while rewarding centers for performance.

In the first two years of operation, Community Mediation Maryland supported the developed of five new community mediation centers in Maryland. Since then Community Mediation Maryland has supported the development of four new centers and continues to work with communities who are not served by a community mediation center to develop centers in those areas.

Community Mediation Maryland supports centers through training, technical assistance, and the development of partnerships with state-wide agencies and organizations. Community Mediation Maryland receives a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism to recruit, train, place, and supervise over 20 AmeriCorps members in centers throughout Maryland.

Community Mediation Maryland has a Training Department which provides free training to all community mediation centers in Maryland in the following areas:

  • Basic Mediation Training
  • Parenting Plan Mediation Training
  • Parent-Teen Mediation Training
  • Large Group Facilitation
  • Specialized and Advanced Mediation Skills

Community Mediation Maryland's Training Department also has a program to apprentice new trainers and a mentorship program for new mediators. Community Mediation Maryland's training department has conducted contracted training for several state agencies and organizations, including the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings, the Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Office of the Public Defender, as well as several trainings for the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Community Mediation Maryland has established partnerships with state agencies and organizations to increase access to community mediation and conflict resolution services throughout the state.

[edit] Mission

Community Mediation Maryland’s vision is for every Maryland citizen to have awareness of and access to an affordable, high quality community mediation service. CMM advances community mediation in Maryland through educating the public, training, networking, research and creating new centers.

[edit] The 10 Point Community Mediation Model

A group of stakeholders throughout the state of Maryland, in collaboration with the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) met several times to develop the guidelines below. These guidelines are the core of MACRO's funding model and have evolved into the standard by which all community mediation centers strive to operate in Maryland.

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 assuring 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, gender, ethnicity, income and education 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, skills-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, gender, ethnicity, income, education, and geographic location

[edit] Mediation at Community Mediation Centers…

  • Is provided at no charge or on a sliding scale. No one is turned away for inability to pay.
  • Gives people a chance to speak, to be heard, and to hear each other.
  • Provides an opportunity for people to understand each other and transform their relationship.
  • Ensures that participants make their own decisions about the outcome of their conflict.
  • Assists people to develop long-term solutions that meet the needs of everyone involved.
  • Occurs at a time and place convenient to the participants.
  • Is facilitated by highly trained volunteers who represent the diversity of the community they serve.

MACMC mediates:

  • Neighborhood disputes (such as noise, property, animals, and lifestyle differences)
  • Inter-Personal disputes (including assaults, harassment, love triangles, and strained friendships
  • Employment disputes (such as co-worker disputes and supervisor/employee conflicts)
  • Business disputes (including business/neighbor and business/customer)
  • Family disputes (including couples, custody, siblings, cross-generational, and parent-teen conflicts)
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Roommate/housemate disputes
  • School disputes (such as those among students and/or between parents, staff, and administration
  • Neighborhood association disputes
  • Land use disputes

[edit] Training

CMM offers tailored trainings sessions:

  • Conflict Management
  • Team Building
  • Basic Mediation Training
  • Advanced Mediation Skills

[edit] Contact

407 S. Crain Hwy South #200B Glen Burnie, MD 21061 410-553-0206 – USA

Tel: 410-553-0206

Fax: 410-553-0207

Email: Request online

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