Volunteer Community Mediator
DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDER
COMMUNITY MEDIATION SERVICES, INC.
QUEENS MEDIATION NETWORK
89-64 163 RD STREET
JAMAICA , NY 11432
BEACON CENTER , MS 158
46-35 OCEANIA STREET
BAYSIDE, NY 11361
QMN is an extensive community-based and court-annexed alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program. QMN is funded by the New York State Office of Court Administration and the New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator-Mayor’s Office.
QMN offers 2 or 3 Basic mediation trainings a year (see calendar).
You must attend this mandatory 40-hour Basic Mediation Skills training, taught by a state certified trainer.
This training is designed to teach the theory of mediation and the skills needed to practice. It will also prepare you to start mediating role plays and cases under supervision of a mentor (see apprenticeship). When you have completed this training you will spend 2-3 hours, once a week for 13 weeks with a mentor and a small training group to complete a minimum of 10 mediations. After your apprenticeship your mentor and the Program Director will discuss your readiness for observation. Once you have been approved to mediate on your own you must mediate 12 cases at QMN within one year to be considered fully certified (*). To keep your status of ACTIVE mediator with the center, you need to mediate at least 4 cases a year and attend a minimum of 6 hours of continuing education.
(*)Currently mediators can be certified by the Centers for whom they mediate, not by New York State . Centers are responsible for maintaining quality assurance through apprenticeship, continuing education and observation.
Mediators in our community program come from a variety of professional backgrounds. We believe your educational or professional background does not determine whether someone would make a good mediator. The training and apprenticeship mediators receive is what builds the skill base needed to become a successful mediator
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday: 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
To be determined