Helping Resolve Conflict Outside of the Court Room
As part of "Peace & Conflict Resolution Month" at Rotary, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley got the opportunity to learn about the role Mountain Mediation Services plays in helping resolve conflict outside of the courtroom.
Mountain Mediation Services works to promote resolution of conflicts in the seven western counties of North Carolina by educating the community in conflict resolution skills and mediating family, neighborhood, business, and community conflicts as an alternative to court.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement or compromise.
What does Mountain Mediation Services Do?
Mountain Mediation Services provides a valuable alternative to court to the residents of the seven western-most counties of North Carolina, including the Qualla Bounday. Mediation is used to resolve disputes through discussion in an attempt to reach an agreement which both parties feel is fair.
MMS mediators are trained volunteers from the community, and the training they receive is standardized by the Mediation Network of North Carolina. The mediators act as neutral parties; they do not judge, take sides, or give advice. They do help individuals listen to each other and clarify the issues involved.
MMS is also beginning its second year of Restorative Justice (RJ) Programming. Known as the Juvenile Mediation Program, the services cover a wide array of situations where one or more youth have made decisions that harm themselves, others, and the community. Restorative Justice addresses all three aspects of the youth’s actions, enabling them to think though the consequences of their actions and decide on solutions to restore the harm.
To learn more about Mountain Mediation Services, including how you can volunteer or help, please visit MountainMediation.org.