Mediation Network of North Carolina (MNNC)

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Mediation Network of North Carolina (MNNC)
  • Country: USA
  • City: Siler City
  • Type of organization: non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1978
  • Interests: Mediation – Training
  • Fields of expertise: School, Victim-Offender (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

The Mediation Network Represents 21 Community Mediation Centers in NC.

[edit] Mission

The mission of the Mediation Network of North Carolina is to promote, strengthen and support community mediation programs in North Carolina through volunteer board development, accountability, visibility, and resource development.

[edit] Purpose

The purpose of the Mediation Network of North Carolina is:

  • To strengthen and support community mediation programs in North Carolina, to facilitate communication, understanding, reconciliation and settlement of conflict in communities, courts and schools;
  • To promote voluntary resolution of disputes by use of an orderly process of mediation and conciliation by trained mediators;
  • To promote policy on issues which affect and strengthen community mediation programs;
  • To promote education, training, and research on mediation issues;
  • To enhance public awareness of mediation as an alternative and/or adjunct to judicial resolution of disputes;
  • to solicit, accept and receive funds from any and all private and public sources to be used in furtherance of the goals of the Mediation Network of North Carolina;
  • To assist in development of new community-based mediation programs;
  • To act as a clearinghouse for exchange of information and services among community mediation programs; and,
  • To promote practices which enhance standards of practice and quality of service provided by member centers.

[edit] Vision

“We envision communities empowered to resolve conflict peacefully, wholesome environments where productive communication and mutual respect are the norm. Our vision embraces the diversity that enriches our communities and schools and fosters mutual respect.”

[edit] Community Mediation

“Community mediation offers constructive processes for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. It is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation or violence. It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control of the outcome. Community mediation is designed to preserve individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between people and groups, and create processes that make communities work for all of us”. National Association for Community Mediation, Washington, DC.

[edit] History

Nationally, many of first community mediation programs were established in response to the social unrest of the late 1960s, while others were developed in response to the inability of the courts to deal effectively with "minor" criminal cases which involved neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances. Currently there are approximately 450 to 500 community mediation programs, well over half of which are members of NAFCM.

The first community mediation center in North Carolina was established in Orange County in 1978; currently there are 25 centers with 45 office locations and 2000+ trained volunteer mediators serving 80 of NC's 100 counties. These centers are linked by the Mediation Network of North Carolina, which provides planning, fundraising, training, and technical assistance to member centers and to individuals or groups interested in establishing new centers. Mediation Network and its member centers have become nationally recognized as leaders in the field of community mediation.

North Carolina has also been a leader in the development of court-referred mediation programs, largely due to the effort of the state's first community centers in providing training and promoting the values of mediation among attorneys and court officials. A wide variety of mediation programs now work with District, Superior, and Juvenile Courts around the state. Examples include:

  • Mediated Settlement Conferences and Other Settlement Procedures in Superior Court Civil Actions
  • District Court Child Custody Mediation Program
  • Mediated Settlement Conferences in District Court for Certain Family Issues
  • Mediation for Resolving School Budget Disputes
  • Mediation of Special Education Disputes
  • Prelitigation Farm Nuisance Disputes
  • Victim-Offender Mediation
  • School Truancy Mediation

[edit] Training & Certification

The Mediation Network of North Carolina's process is for Certification of volunteer mediators at member centers.

To qualify for certification, volunteers must successfully complete the following:

  • 20 hour Mediation Training Program through one of our Member Centers.
  • Fulfill apprenticeship requirements with a certified mediator for a minimum of ten sessions.
  • Complete ten additional hours of approved training.
  • Be approved by the director of the sponsoring member center as a proficient mediator.
  • Agree in writing to abide by the "Standard and Ethical " guidelines of MNNC.
  • Agree to non-discriminatory policy of MNNC.
  • Agree to attend regular in-service training programs administered through or approved by the Mediation Network training committee.

Certification must be renewed through the Sponsoring Centers and MNNC every two years, and is not open to mediators who are not active volunteers at Member Centers of Mediation Network of North Carolina.

[edit] Contact

Post Office Box 648 215 S. Fir Ave. Siler City, NC 27344 - USA

Tel: 919-663-5650

Fax: 919-663-5650


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