The Dayton Mediation Center offers mediation training for those who wish to volunteer their time as a mediator. The Center also offers other volunteer opportunities including: Panelists or Facilitators for Community Impact Panels, Presenters and Outreach representatives to increase awareness about the Center, and project assistants for the various projects the Center is involved in.
Current Volunteers: We have a Facebook page for our volunteers. Please join us and you can be notified about the latest happenings at the Center, news, and resources.
Interested in volunteering as mediators? Continue reading below.
Volunteer Training Schedule
All prospective new volunteers must first submit a volunteer application. Upon receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and be requested to attend an information session and schedule an interview.
Interviews for prospective volunteers begin in July 2016. Our next training will be in September 2016.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please be sure to fill out a volunteer application and send it to us.
For questions, please contact Cherise D. Hairston, Volunteer Coordinator at (937)333-2354.
Volunteer Description and Responsibilities
Volunteer mediators will work to promote the Center and its idea of peaceful resolution to conflicts and mediate within the Transformative Mediation model, including:
- Helping people communicate in a positive and constructive manner.
- Working to provide all participants with the opportunity to express themselves and to listen to each other.
- Helping participants strengthen their self-understanding and to recognize the feelings and thoughts of the other party.
- Helping participants understand mediation as more than a process to reach agreement.
- Helping participants develop their own unique process to manage the situation, explore the situation with each other, understand what the situation means to them, explore possible actions and reactions to the situation and determine if and what decisions need to be made about the situation.
- Develop a reflective mediation practice.
Responsibilities of the Volunteer Mediator:
- Participate in 22 hours of classroom training, 18 hours on-the-job training, 18 hours of skill-building sessions, complete a videotaped mediation role play and debriefing session, and participate in ongoing supervision, as well as annual skills building sessions.
- Volunteer for the Center at least four hours per month for two years (includes nine months as an apprentice mediator and fifteen months as a full mediator.
- All decisions are to be made by the participants. The mediator will not impose decisions on the participants. This includes not directing participants to reach agreements.
- Legal advice will not be given in the case development process or mediation process. If it appears that legal or any other technical information is being requested, referrals can be made to the appropriate agencies (if the participants request such information).
- If there is a real chance of violence or if the process is being maintained under duress, mediators will support the participants’ decision to stop the session.
- Mediators will maintain strict confidentiality of all mediation sessions.
- Mediators will not participate in a session in which they have a financial or personal interest in the outcome of the procedures and will notify the Center staff if they personally know the participant.
- Mediators will not use the Center’s training manuals or other materials without permission.
- Mediators will not solicit the Center’s clients or use their affiliation with the Center to promote their private practice or business.
- To avoid conflict of interest, mediators engaging in for-profit mediation and/or training will inform the Dayton Mediation Center.
Volunteer mediators must:
- Be committed to helping the greater community find safe and constructive alternatives to violence.
- Have good written and oral language skills.
- Use supportive listening skills and exhibit understanding of participants’ feelings.
- Support parties’ unique and individualized thinking and decision-making processes.
- Create a supportive, safe environment when faced with people in conflict.
- Be sensitive to the fact that some people do not read or write.
- Recognize that the mediation process requires the practitioner to continually learn and practice.