Volunteer - JaniceCommunity Mediation has an extensive volunteer roster that includes people from diverse backgrounds and occupations.

If you have an interest in volunteering with CM, please contact Jacques Lewis at: jacques@cmediation.org or (203) 782-3508

Standards for Volunteer Mediators

Community Mediation, Inc. uses a facilitative and co-mediation model. All mediation intakes and scheduling are handled by a staff mediator who is also responsible for pairing appropriate mediators and confirming no conflicts of interest. Mediation sessions are conducted
by a minimum of 2 mediators (unless there are extenuating circumstances) and mediators are solicited from our pool of volunteers and staff.

Training:

All Community Mediation, Inc. staff/volunteers have completed a minimum of 30 hours of basic mediation training. For family, divorce, and victim/offender dialogues, additional training has been documented for each mediator.

Volunteers/staff mediators who did not receive their training at Community Mediation, Inc. must present written confirmation that they received a minimum of 30-hours of basic mediation training from an institution acceptable to CM leadership.

Apprenticeship/Mentoring:

Mediators complete an apprenticeship that includes a minimum of two (2) observations, then two (2) co-mediations with an experienced mediator. It is expected that all mediators will spend a minimum of 15 minutes debriefing/coaching after each session that they conduct.

Continuing Education

Volunteers/staff mediators must document attendance in at least 8 hours of continuing education in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation or negotiation over a two-yVolunteers - Ana Maria & Sueear period. This requirement may be satisfied by participation in volunteer mediator meetings, nvc practice groups, conferences and workshops related to the field of mediation and facilitation

Standards and Conflict of Interest:

All volunteer and staff mediators sign an agreement to follow the rules of our volunteer handbook and agree to abide by the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (adopted, September 2005) and any applicable CT statutes pertaining to the practice of mediation. These include clauses related to mediators removing themselves from mediation sessions in which they believe they may have a conflict of interest.

Standards for Volunteer Facilitators

Community Mediation, Inc. uses a facilitative model in dialogues. All dialogues are planned and scheduled by a staff facilitator who is also responsible for assigning appropriate facilitators and confirming no conflicts of interest. Facilitators are solicited from our pool of volunteer and staff facilitators.

Volunteers - Betsy & JayTraining:

All Community Mediation, Inc. staff/volunteers have had a minimum of 12 hours of facilitation training.

Volunteers/staff facilitators who did not receive their training at Community Mediation, Inc. must present written confirmation that they received a minimum of 12 hours of facilitation training from an institution acceptable to CM leadership.

Apprenticeship/Mentoring:

Facilitators complete an apprenticeship that includes a minimum of one (1) observation of a dialogue session, then two (2) co-facilitations with an experienced facilitator. It is expected that all facilitators will spend a minimum of 15 minutes debriefing/coaching after each session that they conduct.

Standards and Conflict of Interest:

All volunteer facilitators sign an agreement to follow the rules of our volunteer handbook. This includes clauses related to facilitators removing themselves from dialogue sessions in which they believe they may have a conflict of interest.