Community mediations are an opportunity for individuals, groups, or organizations in conflict to have a conversation with the goal of peaceful resolution that is facilitated by a trained, neutral mediator in a safe, confidential, and efficient manner. Mediation is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation, or violence. It allows people in conflict to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control the outcome. Community mediation preserves individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between people and groups.
Community Mediation can make our communities safer and more peaceful to live in. Mediation is a proven process that offers individuals, groups, and organizations the opportunity to take control of disagreements before they escalate.
You can expect a variety of benefits from participating in community mediation. Many of these are exclusive to or otherwise difficult to achieve outside of the mediation experience.
FAST: Many mediations begin and end with only one meeting. Mediation is almost always a far more expedient process than relying on courts.
FLEXIBLE: During mediation, participants drive the process and decide the outcomes. Mediators discuss issues as thoroughly as needed and document on which is agreed.
CONFIDENTIAL: Mediation is completely confidential. The discussions and decisions made in mediation are as private as the participants prefer.
CONVENIENT: Mediations are scheduled at a time that is convenient to the parties. Most mediations can be scheduled within a week or two of the parties’ initial contact.
PREVENTATIVE: Through mediation, participants develop a deeper appreciation for the causes and consequences of their and others’ actions. Participants are better equipped to prevent further disputes.
SUSTAINABLE: Mediated agreements reflect participants’ earnest commitments and regularly result in reliable follow through.
EMPOWERING: The participants’ experience, interests, solutions, and voice are the substance of mediation.
INFORMAL: Mediation is a facilitated conversation. There are no unnecessary formalities.
VOLUNTARY: Every aspect of community mediation is voluntary. The participants agree to choose to mediate and any agreement is voluntarily made.
Start the process of getting the mediation you need with Upstate Mediation Center. We’re here to help, so just send us details about your case so we can help you set up a mediation appointment. And if you have any questions about our mediation process, make sure to let us know.