Ohio Mediation Association

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Ohio Mediation Association
  • Country: USA
  • City: -
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: 1989
  • Interests: Mediation
  • Fields of expertise: Family, Commercial, Labor (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

The Ohio Mediation Association (OMA), a statewide organization, is made up of mediators from a variety of backgrounds and professions who support and promote the use of dispute resolution and conflict management. Mediators are trained neutrals who assist parties to discuss the issues confidentially and work together to develop a mutually satisfactory resolution. This non-adversarial, cooperative process enables parties to control the outcome of their dispute and avoid litigation. Mediation throughout Ohio is effective in resolving many civil disputes including those which involve small businesses, landlords and tenants and many other commercial and interpersonal matters. Family disputes are also resolved effectively in mediation, including divorces and other matters concerning children and parents.

In 1989, a small group of family mediators, primarily from the Columbus area, founded the Ohio Mediation Association to promote the practice of mediation as an effective means of resolving disputes. The Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) has since developed into a statewide organization for mediators and mediation advocates from a broad range of disciplines and diverse areas of practice that serves as a forum for networking, dissemination of information and the education of its members and the public.

The organizational structure of the OMA includes an executive board and general voting members. The executive board is made up of five officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President) who are elected by the voting members of the Association. Responding to input from its members and to the expanding role of mediation in Ohio, the Ohio Mediation Association has focused its efforts on developing the diversity of its membership and broadening the areas of its educational presentations.

From its beginnings as an association primarily consisting of practitioners of family mediation, the OMA has grown to include mediators involved in civil, commercial, community, business, juvenile, victim-offender, and labor mediation, to name a few, from both the public sector and private practice. Bimonthly meetings of the organization are held on the first Friday of the even-numbered months from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Meetings, open to members and non-members alike, provide an opportunity for attendees to network and to make announcements about trainings, seminars and job opportunities. Information is shared about new and proposed legislation, current events and other items of interest to conflict resolution professionals. Following the initial business meeting, the educational portion of the meeting is presented by a guest speaker.

[edit] Annual Conference

Each April, OMA holds its annual meeting and luncheon. This daylong conference consists of a special advanced mediation-related training for which continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and attorneys are provided. At the luncheon new officers are installed, association business is conducted and the "Better World Award" is presented.

[edit] Newsletter

"MediateOhio", OMA's bimonthly newsletter presents information about the Association and its members, trainings, and other news in the mediation field around Ohio. Anyone wishing to submit notices or articles for this publication is encouraged to do so. Materials should be submitted to the "MediateOhio" editor by the 20th day of the even-numbered months. Both "MediateOhio" and meeting minutes can be found on this website and are available to members by mail upon request.

[edit] Membership

The Ohio Mediation Association invites and welcomes all individuals and institutions interested in having a consistent forum for discussion and networking about mediation. The $60 membership fee includes listing in the "Ohio Mediation Association Membership Directory/Mediator Locator" (updated regularly) and discounts on certain OMA sponsored conferences. Anyone interested in joining may contact one of the officers or see the “Become a Member” section of their website to download a printable application.

[edit] Contact

2897 Liberty Bell Lane Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 - USA

Tel: 614/863-4775

Fax: 614/863-4775

Email: omapresident@mediateohio.org

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