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Michelle Sullivan

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Harriet Yaffe

Tri-County Nonprofit Spotlight:

Community Mediation in Southern Maryland

Three logosMediation helps people reach agreements, rebuild relationships, and find permanent solutions to their disputes. It is a process that lets people speak for themselves and make their own decisions. Mediators are neutral, do not take sides, or give advice.  Mediation conversations are voluntary and confidential.

In Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert counties each have a community mediation center that provides no-cost mediation and other conflict resolution services to county residents. While there are differences in the specific services provided, all three centers work together to provide no-cost services to those living in the region.

Community mediation centers are nonprofit organizations that provide access to mediation and other conflict resolution services at the community level.  Community mediation centers strive to: 

  • Train community members who reflect the community's diversity with regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, income and education to serve as volunteer mediators
  • Provide mediation services at no cost or on a sliding scale
  • Hold mediations in neighborhoods where disputes occur
  • Encourage early use of mediation to prevent violence or to reduce the need for court intervention, as well as provide mediation at any stage in a dispute
  • Mediate community-based disputes that come from any referral source, including self-referrals
  • Educate community members about conflict resolution and mediation
  • Maintain high quality mediators
  • Work with the community in governing community mediation programs
  • Provide mediation, education, and other conflict resolution processes to community members who reflect the community's diversity.

Services Provided

Mediation for:

  • family conflict
  • neighbor conflict
  • divorce and parenting plan
  • landlord/tenant issues
  • business disputes
  • pretrial
  • day of trial
  • prison re-entry
  • community/police complaints
  • school issues

Facilitated Services Offered:

  • large groups, agencies, and other organizations
  • IEP meetings
  • Community Conferencing/Restorative Justice

Trainings Offered:

  • Rethinking Conflict and Conflict Resolution Workshops
  • Peer Mediation
  • Mediation training for volunteers

Learn more about the community mediation centers in Southern Maryland:

Charles County Mediation Center logo

Charles County Community Mediation Center

St. Mary's County Mediation Center logo

Community Mediation Center - St. Mary's County

Calvert County Mediation Center logo

Community Mediation Center of Calvert County