Mediation training offered by nonprofit

Mediators facilitate resolution in a variety of contested situations, from small claims cases to neighborhood and family conflicts. The goal of mediation is to avoid or minimize litigation and preserve relationships. Mediators help parties reach consensus and then put their agreements in writing. A legal background makes a good foundation for becoming a mediator, and this training fulfills the court rule 2.411 training requirement to be listed on the court roster of approved mediators. However, individuals with other backgrounds and educational achievements are welcome to participate in this training. The Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan is a non-profit organization and provides mediation services in Clinton, Ionia, Gratiot, Ingham, Eaton and Shiawassee counties. "We have a roster of over 70 mediators who volunteer their services to the community," a spokesperson said. Training will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 411 Harrison, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 from 8:30-5:30 on August 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 2011. The trainer will be Susan Butterwick, an attorney, and an experienced mediator and trainer. The cost for this training is $700. Additional information and registration forms can be obtained by calling 517.485.2274 or on our website Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Published: Thu, Jul 14, 2011