Sign up Today for SCAO Approved 40-hour General Civil Mediation Training (Two Sessions)
Session One: April 26-28, 2017 – Session Two: May 3-5, 2017
Must attend both sessions to qualify for 40-hour SCAO requirement. For more details and to sign up, click on the links below:
Attention, potential mediators!
We are happy to customize training for any organization. We can design a workshop (1-3 hours) or a full-day session, depending on your needs.
If you would like to learn more about a customized training session, please contact us. For more information about becoming a volunteer mediator, please refer to the other pages of this site.
Learning to be a Mediator
Mediation offers many opportunities for community service, as well as career development. To plan your training activity, you should decide if you are looking for a career change or a volunteer opportunity.
All mediation — volunteer or professional — requires structured, approved training. You might choose one of many paths to mediation training, depending on your goals:
- If you want to become a volunteer mediator, you’ll need to complete a mediation training course (either general civil or domestic) and a hands-on internship. General civil mediation training is offered by the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, as well as many of the other centers throughout Michigan.
- If you want to be a court-approved mediator, you must complete either general civil mediation training or domestic mediation training, depending on the types of cases you wish to mediate. You can learn about the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) requirements via the Michigan state website. You can also find a list of general civil and domestic mediation training classes through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). If you want to become a professional mediator, we suggest you explore career opportunities through an organization such as the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute.
Volunteering as a Mediator
All volunteer mediators for the Dispute Resolution Center are required to take a mediation training course. Based upon your interests, you may choose general civil mediation or domestic mediation training. These courses are offered at the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, as well as many of the other centers across Michigan.
After you have successfully completed mediation training, you may submit an application to be a volunteer mediator. At that point, you will participate in actual mediations as part of a hands-on internship. After you have successfully completed both the course and internship, you will be eligible to mediate general civil and small claims cases for our organization.
The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan typically offers a general civil mediation training course once a year. Please contact us if you’d like to be added to the waiting list for the next available class. The general civil mediation course is approximately 40 hours long.
If you would like to specialize in specific areas of advanced mediation, the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan also offers courses in topics such as agricultural mediation, special education mediation, restorative circles, and more. Contact us to learn more about these advanced classes.
To remain active on our volunteer roster, we ask that you mediate a minimum of two cases per year.
All of our volunteers are also invited to attend free mediation workshops, which are usually offered once a month. These sessions can enhance your skills and help you network with other mediators.
For information about mediation training opportunities throughout Michigan, visit the SCAO website.