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(Excerpts from "Mediation and Mediation Training Opportunities" by Pat Billington, HWL member.)
Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a process by which a neutral third party assists two or more parties in conflict to resolve their dispute. A mediator does not have the power to decide the dispute, but helps parties who want to structure a mutually beneficial solution to their dispute. The functions of a mediator are to maintain a basic attitude of neutrality, to develop a climate in which trust and collaboration can take place, and to guide a problem solving process that allows people to free themselves from their conflict and to clarify their interests and goals, so as to find a solution which serves both parties' interests.
There are at least three opportunities in Hawaii to develop mediation skills.
The Neighborhood Justice Center of Honolulu, Inc., (NJC) offers mediation training seminars which do not require a volunteer commitment. On June 28-29, a two-day workshop will be offered on interpersonal conflict prevention and resolution skills. A two-day workshop will be offered on July 19-20 on collaboration and consensus building in interpersonal and group settings. Call NJC at 521-6767 for further details.
The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution mediates conflict with public policy issues and takes referrals from the Hawaii State Legislature, Courts, and State and County agencies. The Center's apprenticeship training is a minimum of 10 to 20 hours of instruction in mediation and negotiation techniques followed by being paired with an experienced mediator for one's first case. If you are interested in this mediation training, call Dee Dee Letts at 548-3080.
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) also offers mediation and mediation training. AAA typically mediates commercial disputes, contractual agreements, construction matters, surety and bonding disputes, insurance, condominium, and defective product issues, often as a result of standard ADR clauses in contracts. If you are interested in this training, call Keith Hunter at 531-0541.
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