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CURRENT PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
The NAFCM Clearinghouse serves as a portal through which resources of all kinds can be discovered by and shared with members of NAFCM’s community mediation member network. Entering the Clearinghouse opens your browser and extends your reach to the whole of community mediation. Whether you are starting a local center, branching out into new service delivery, enhancing administrative practices, seeking the latest research, or any other community mediation-focused activity, NAFCM’s Clearinghouse has the resources to help inform and support your efforts. With its expansive categories, extensible architecture, flexible structure, accessible platform, collaborative capacity, and open design, the Clearinghouse is a vibrant, supremely helpful resource for those engaged in community mediation. Read more about this collaborative undertaking and begin exploring all that is contained within the unmatched resource known as the NAFCM Clearinghouse. (The NAFCM Clearinghouse is exclusively available to current program members.)
NAFCM has partnered with Mediate.com, the internet's premier portal and online technology host to the ADR community, to create a version of Mediate.com's cloud-based Caseload Manager specifically designed to meet the needs of community mediation programs. Through this partnership, we are able to extend to NAFCM Program members a discount on Caseload Manager. This partnership makes online case management technologies affordable and accessible to even the smallest community mediation programs, allowing all programs to now enhance operational efficiencies and extend their local impact. You can learn more about Mediate.com's Caseload Manager system at www.CaseloadManager.com.
The NAFCM Board of Directors maintains a number of active Committees that work to further the goals of the Association. Current NAFCM members may choose to join select Committees and participate in their important activities on either an ongoing or project basis. Participating as a NAFCM Committee member provides a number of professional benefits, including networking with recognized leaders within the community mediation movement, developing a field-wide perspective on the needs and impact of community mediation programs, and helping to develop projects and resources that will be used by local programs throughout the practice area. Feel free to review the following Committee webpages to learn about their respective goals, current projects, leadership, and opportunities to join: Outreach & Policy Committee.
Diversity + Inclusion
Community mediation in the U.S. is a wonderfully eclectic patchwork of programs, professional employees, and dedicated volunteers. As practitioners and programs we vary on nearly every measure of diversity and continually work to thoroughly engrain inclusiveness in everything from our founding tenets to our daily practices. Part of NAFCM's commitment to diversity and inclusion is realized through its Diversity + Inclusion Working Group. Read more about this Group's important work and be part of our collaborative efforts to advance diversity and inclusion within community mediation.
NAFCM's Legacy Project ensures the resources and wisdom from struggling community mediation programs continue to live on. Through the Legacy Project, NAFCM offers to house the collected resources and wisdom generated by the program, connect former program leaders with future initiatives and energies, and receive any remaining assets requiring distribution. Board members, staff, and volunteers from community mediation programs that are nearing or have faced closure can ensure their legacy lives on through the dedicated work of colleagues across the nation and around the globe. To contribute your organizations' documents to NAFCM to to a part of the Clearinghouse, contact us.
Mini-Grant Program (2014)
A partnership with the JAMS Foundation has enabled NAFCM to provide mini-grants to centers across the country to work specifically with Veterans/Military personnel and their families regarding mediation/conflict resolution options within their communities. This support includes $85,000.00 from the JAMS Foundation with the potential to expand to $150,000.00 in future years. The purpose of this resourcing project is to develop and refine community mediation programs that can be replicated by other centers so that they too can design a path for sustainable mediation resources for our veterans and military families. In order to achieve this purpose, the community centers will work together through a learning community design to:
* assess the need for veterans and military family mediation services, define and build capacity to meet the discovered needs and implement a selected pilot program, practice or policy enhancement;
* provide leadership in the development of materials that can be shared and replicated by other centers in the U.S.; and,
* leverage and focus resources and expertise to maximize impact of selected pilots and enhancements throughout the U.S. and for the benefit of the community mediation field generally
The six community centers who will be members of this learning community design are the following:
· Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc. (Little Rock, Arkansas);
· Community Mediation Services, Volunteers of America of Northern New England (Brunswick, Maine);
· The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law (Monterey, California);
· Mediation Matters (Albany, New York);
· Child and Family Services, Center for Resolution and Justice (Buffalo, New York);
· Quabbin Mediation (Orange, Massachusetts)
For more information please contact D.G. Mawn, Program Coordinator at 502.777.0603 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Publications and ResourcesSince its founding in 1994, NAFCM has served as the authoritative source for information on and resources for the community mediation field. We have compiled our collective wisdom in a series of publications and digital resources available on our website. Please review the list of well-received publications available for sale, as well as previous print editions of The Community Mediator.
Periodically, NAFCM holds one- and two-day Regional Training Institutes (RTIs) in locations around the country designed to connect and inform those involved in community mediation. These trainings, offered to board members, executive directors, and staff of community mediation centers, are intended to improve programs' capacities and proficiencies in fundraising, management, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, volunteer administration, and many other topics of specific interest to those working in the community dispute resolution field. To ensure these events are accessible to our community, NAFCM strives to regularly schedule these RTIs at different points throughout the U.S. If you would like to explore the possibility of holding a RTI for programs in your area, please feel free to contact us to learn more. You may also review our current schedule of RTIs, including detailed course descriptions, speaker biographies, and registration instructions here.
Teleseminars allow you to call-in and get connected with colleagues and content. NAFCM offers several regular teleseminar series convening community mediation program administrators and volunteers around a wide variety of topical conversations. Featuring expert speakers providing new information and perspectives on the field's latest developments, NAFCM's teleseminars are an educational and engaging way to stay up-to-date and advance your skills. Individual teleseminars typically last between 60 and 90 minutes and include both a formal presentation and plenty of time for Q&A. Learn more about the series co-hosted by NAFCM and the ACR Community Section, as well as NAFCM's other teleseminar series, their schedules, topics, speakers, and a registration processes here.