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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: The mediation center
  • Country: USA
  • City: Lincoln
  • Type of organization: private organization
  • Date of creation: 1992
  • Interests: Mediation – Facilitation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: Family, Workplace, Legal (…) Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Origin

Dedicated to providing all individuals in Lancaster County the opportunity to access professional mediation services at an affordable cost, The Mediation Center was established in Lincoln in 1992 as a 501c(3) organization.

One of six community mediation centers across the state of Nebraska, The Mediation Center is approved and regulated by the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution under the jurisdiction of the Nebraska Supreme Court.

[edit] Activities

Mediation is a non-adversarial process for resolving disputes. This process is guided by two skilled neutral third parties referred to as co-mediators. The mediators assist participants to focus on the real issues of the dispute, clarify misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate a settlement. Almost any sort of dispute can be mediated, if both parties agree to discuss the issues. A good example is parents who are divorcing and who want to discuss a parenting plan for their children.

Mediation is a process in which a trained mediator helps two or more people reach a mutually acceptable solution to their dispute.

The mediation center offers mediation and facilitation services, and provides training in different areas of dispute resolution.

Each year the Center serves hundreds of people whose lives are challenged by difficulties like poverty, violence, divorce, eviction, property violations, foster care placement, substance abuse, and much more.

Mediators facilitate "difficult" conversations and can help when:

  • Emotions have become intense
  • There are multiple issues in dispute
  • Misperceptions are hindering productive exchanges
  • Communication between the disputing parties has deteriorated
  • The parties have been unable to resolve the dispute using other methods


[edit] Mediation Services

  • Divorce
  • Parenting Plans
  • Elder Issues
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Legal Matters
  • Medical & Health Matters
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Small Claims Court
  • Employment First

[edit] Facilitation Services

  • Group vision / Mission Development
  • Consensus Building
  • Large Group Dispute Resolution
  • Organizational Issues
  • Educational Concerns
  • Family Group Conference
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Matters

[edit] Training Services

  • Managing Workplace Conflict
  • The High Cost of Conflict
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Hurts Kids
  • Mediator Training
  • Family Mediator Training

[edit] Mediation Process

The mediation process itself is structured so that persons unfamiliar with the process will quickly become comfortable. At the mediation session each person has the opportunity to share their side of the story and their thoughts about the situation. The parties then begin to work through the issues they want resolved. The mediator will meet with everyone together and may also meet individually with each side. This offers participants the opportunity to communicate to the mediator their real interests in the dispute as well as to vent anger or frustrations outside the presence of the opposing side. The mediator will work with each person until an agreement is reached that is acceptable to everyone. The agreement is put in writing and signed by the people involved, with the advice of their attorneys.

[edit] Affiliated Mediators

More than 50 extensively trained, highly skilled mediators are affiliated with the Center. These individuals come from all professions, backgrounds, experiences, and cultural communities.

The Center maintains knowledgeable, experienced mediators by requiring intensive, skills-based training, a period of apprenticeship, continuing education, and ongoing evaluation by their peers and Center staff.

Mediators are neutral facilitators, and it is not their role to give legal advice or to counsel the parties regarding the choices they make. The Mediation Center encourages and advises the parties to consult an attorney or other professional for advice, and to help them understand and become familiar with their individual circumstances.

[edit] Contact

610 J Street, Suite 100. Lincoln, NE 68508 - USA

Tel: 402.441.5740

Email: info@TheMediationCenter.org

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