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 Case Manager specifically designed to meet the needs of community mediation programs. Through this partnership, we are able to extend to NAFCM Program members substantial discounts on Mediate.com's ADR Case Manager at both the individual and enterprise levels, as well as on Mediate.com's website hosting services. This partnership makes online technologies increasingly affordable and accessible to even the smallest community mediation programs, allowing all programs to enhance operational efficiencies and extend their local impact. By aggregating anonymized data from participating programs, this partnership will also provide NAFCM the ability in realtime to understand the many types of services provided by community mediation programs and the rates at which they are utilized. You can learn more about Mediate.com's ADR Case Manager system and NAFCM's partnership here.
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.
Looking for a very specific community mediation resource and can't yet find it in NAFCM's clearinghouse? Now you can still find it on NAFCM's website! Powered by the search genius of Google, NAFCM has created a custom search engine that indexes only community mediation and related websites. We've compiled hundreds of community mediation URLs and indexed them into the "Community Mediation Search" feature available at the top of NAFCM's website. This saves you time by providing search results exclusively targeted to your interest: community mediation. As we learn of new community mediation program websites and online resources, we will continually add them to this powerful search feature, thereby extending its usefulness by helping you get to the best resources quicker. You can make sure your website is included in the "Community Mediation Search" tool by completing this short form. SEARCH ON!
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. Learn more.
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.
Interested in not only reading about, but actually watching your colleagues' work from around the globe? NAFCM's new CommunityMediation YouTube channel is the place to go! We've collected dozens of videos from around the web featuring community mediation interviews, presentations, program highlights, PSAs, and news stories. With hours of programming available on the CommunityMediation channel, you can sit back to an educational presentation or get re-energized from a short PSA or news story! Using this growing catalogue of videos, programs can inform volunteers, clients, funders, and other stakeholders about community mediation and why its work is so important. You can even add to the channel by completing the following form. Subscribe, Friend, and Propose Content for NAFCM's CommunityMediation YouTube Channel: The VISUAL Clearinghouse of Community Mediation!
Brand new in 2012, NAFCM is pleased to offer its Community Mediation Webinar Series! NAFCM's webinars are professionally designed and delivered by leaders in the community mediation field, and provide actionable recommendations and tangible resources to enhance key areas of center administration. In designing this Series, NAFCM has innovated its traditional in-person trainings to meet the demands of today's community mediation programs. It acknowledges both the continued financial hardships faced by many programs, as well as their local mandates to do even more good with fewer resources. Stripped of the requirement to incur often substantial travel expenses and related out-of-office hassles, the Community Mediation Webinar Series will allow program administrators, volunteers, and board members to keep atop latest developments and enrich their skills from the comfort of their own office. Learn more about individual courses and the entire Webinar Series.
NAFCM's online presence began a series of sweeping changes at the start of 2011. NAFCM's website is now designed to serve as the online platform for community mediation practitioners and volunteer mediators. Through our website, those involved and/or interested in community mediation can access a series of diverse discussion Groups (list serves), contribute to our crowd-sourced clearinghouse of community mediation resources, learn about the latest events for our field, and a host of other new feature additions. Visitors experiencing conflict can learn more about community mediation, submit and vote on questions to our interactive FAQ page, and locate nearby programs using our interactive map. As we continue to add features to our website, including those you suggest, we look forward to making NAFCM.org a stronger, more comprehensive online portal for the community mediation field.
In mid 2010, NAFCM played a significant role in actually defining who and what a mediator is, what they do, and how they do it. This was a huge opportunity for community mediation, the broader ADR field, and potential mediators everywhere! By request, NAFCM worked closely with representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Information Network (O*NET) project, an online tool for career exploration and job analysis that provides detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more. NAFCM engaged in lengthy, substantive, and nuanced discussions about the mediation and broader ADR fields with DOL representatives. We then requested volunteers from throughout the field to participate in detailed DOL-administered questionnaires, the answers to which would restructure and literally redefine how the DOL understands and describes the mediator role. Having previously been defined by a small group of corporate HR administrators, NAFCM's involvement and strong push toward inclusiveness in redefining mediation will no doubt lead to a much richer portrayal of mediators' characteristics aspirants' expectations. In total, NAFCM relayed over 200 volunteers' contact information representing every U.S. state and practice areas as diverse as agriculture and aviation, community and commercial, education and elder care, intellectual property and international trade, marital and maritime, and everything in between. As the DOL continues to collect, combine, and communicate this new picture of mediators, you can visit the current O*NET listing for mediators here.
more about NAFCM's initiative to provide conflict assistive services to military personnel and their families.
Interest Statement" on the Uniform Mediation Act ("UMA").
Read more about community mediation quality assurance.
more about NAFCM's efforts to support state funding for community mediation programs.