Mediation

Mediation is a process where the people in dispute meet with a neutral third party (parties) to resolve conflicts.

Mediators are unbiased, neutral third parties, who guide parties in dispute through a structured negotiation process.

Mediators provide a safe, neutral, confidential, private environment and promote effective communication.

Mediators do not dictate the settlement, but assist the parties in reaching their own mutually agreeable solution.

Mediation requires that the individuals in dispute be willing to express their concerns openly and honestly, and also consider the concerns of the other people affected by the dispute.

Mediation encourages collaboration between the disputing parties so that creative solutions can be explored and lasting solutions can be found.

The process is effective in both legal situations where a lawsuit has been filed and in circumstances where a non-legal approach is preferred. It is a non-adversarial, respectful and flexible process.

Why it Works


Mediation works because each party involved is fully heard.  The parties' concerns and needs are addressed and met through the settlement agreement they reach. It is their own agreement, not one created or imposed on them by others. Therefore, it is much more likely to be a lasting settlement than if imposed by a court, hearing officer or arbitrator.  We like to think of this as developing a do-able and durable agreement.

What is mediation?


Mediation is a process where the people in dispute meet with mediators who are an unbiased and neutral third party to resolve conflicts. Mediators guide parties through a structured negotiation process. Mediators provide a safe environment and promote effective communication. Mediators do not dictate the settlement, but assist the parties in reaching their own mutually agreeable solution. Mediation requires that the individuals in dispute be willing to express their concerns openly and honestly, and also consider the concerns of the other party in the dispute. Mediation encourages collaboration between the parties so that creative solutions can be explored and lasting solutions can be found. The process is effective in both legal situations, where a lawsuit has been filed, and in circumstances where a non-legal approach is preferred. It is a non-adversarial, respectful and flexible process.

Affordable

Mediation is a peaceful alternate means of conflict resolution, where disputes can be settled satisfactorily without going to court.  Mediation tends to take less time, is less expensive and more affordable than other legal options.  In addition, we offer a sliding-fee scale which uses the federal government's annually calculated Federal Poverty Guidelines to determine eligibility.  In essence, no one will be turned away for an inability to pay.

Please call WVDRC (509) 888-0957 for more information about our fees and sliding-fee scale.

Fair & Neutral

Conciliator acts as an impartial go-between and facilitator. The conciliator usually speaks with each person separately by phone.

Save Time & Money

Facilitators work with group leaders in advance of the facilitation to develop an appropriate plan, then guide the meetings; helping to generate the most workable solutions.

Private & Confidential

Unlike open court, mediation is private--between the two parties--and confidential.  Our mediators are committed to upholding strict confidentiality.

Avoid Litigation

Unlike litigation, which tends to be combative and adversarial, mediation is a peaceful, alternate means of conflict resolution, where disputes can be settled satisfactorily, in a much shorter time, without going to court.

Fosters Cooperation

Conciliator acts as an impartial go-between and facilitator. The conciliator usually speaks with each person separately by phone.

Improves Communication

Facilitators work with group leaders in advance of the facilitation to develop an appropriate plan, then guide the meetings; helping to generate the most workable solutions.

Discover the Real Issues

Our trainings offer you an opportunity to develop conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.

Design Your Own Solution

Conciliator acts as an impartial go-between and facilitator. The conciliator usually speaks with each person separately by phone.

Everyone Wins

Facilitators work with group leaders in advance of the facilitation to develop an appropriate plan, then guide the meetings, helping to generate the most workable solutions.