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The Harford County Community Mediation Program recently announced and welcomed its 2011-12 class of new mediators.
The program promotes peaceful alternatives to resolving conflicts for the citizens of Harford County. Mediators are volunteers from the community.
A group of 20 dedicated volunteers began a basic mediation training class in October 2011 and 12 completed the class to become mediators. They come from diverse backgrounds, but share a common interest in making a difference in their community. The volunteers went through 45 hours of training and have begun their apprenticeships.
The Harford County Community Mediation Program helps individuals resolve their conflict in a safe and neutral setting where they have an opportunity to talk and express their emotions without fear of being judged.
According to a Harford County government press release, because the mediation process encourages participants to develop their own solutions, the results are more creative, effective and longer lasting. Mediation is an alternative to court, which can be time-consuming, costly and often does not actually resolve the underlying reasons for the conflict.
The Harford County Community Mediation Program is a part of the Harford County Department of Community Services and offers mediation and facilitation services at no charge to residents of Harford County.
To learn more about the program or how to become a mediator visit http://www.harfordmediation.org or call Susan Fisher, HCCMP Coordinator, 410-638-4807. The next training class will be held in the fall.