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1/25/2018 to 1/29/2018
When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Midlands Mediation Center - College Place United Methodist Church
4801 Colonial Drive
Columbia, South Carolina  29203
United States
Contact: Midlands Mediation Center

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Midlands Mediation Center’s Introduction to Mediation Training emphasizes skills necessary for anyone who wants to empower and transform by understanding and resolving conflicts, improving relationships and strengthening families, communities, organizations and workplaces.

Topics covered during 20 hours (three days) of classroom instruction and role plays include the Dynamics of Conflict, Dispute Resolution Styles, Communication Skills and the Mediation Process.

Who Should Come:

Open to 10-20 individuals and well-suited for business, non-profit, human services, education, and law enforcement professionals. This series will have a special emphasis on training volunteers to conduct community-based mediations as an alternative to litigation. A limited number of scholarships are offered in exchange for a commitment to complete the observation requirement and be available to volunteer to mediate community cases. (Separate scholarship application required; email for a copy.)


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
  • Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
  • Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 -- field trip to Decker Center 1-2 p.m.

Cost: $250 for 20 hours of instruction, materials and role plays.

Registration Deadline: noon Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Minimum of 6 participants is required. Confirmation of training will be sent via email no later than Monday, Jan. 22.

Instructors: Midlands Mediation Center Executive Director Diane Frea, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, M.A., and cast of guest presenters.


Successful completion of this course and an additional 20 hours of “lab” observation and co-mediation in semi-monthly small claims magistrate court generally qualifies participants to serve as volunteer mediators for the Midlands Mediation Center (MMC). If choosing the 40-hour option, you will need to complete a MMC volunteer mediator application after the classroom portion.

Disclaimer: Completion of this training course does not result in a certification in mediation nor does it provide an expectation of work or income from mediation.

Refund Policy

In the event of cancellation of registration prior to Jan. 19, a partial refund (less $25) will be available. After Jan. 19, no refund is offered. However, a paid registration may be applied to a future training series. You must attend all session to receive a certificate of attendance, and no refund will be made for missed sessions.

Food: Lunches will be provided on Thursday and Friday; Monday lunch is on your own. Light snacks and water will be available throughout.

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