Fall 2015 Mediation Training

September 28, 2015 – October 1, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


2111 Simpkins Lane Columbia, SC 29204


Midlands Mediation Center’s 40-hour mediation training prepares participants to become volunteer mediators in MMC’s Court-Annexed and Community Mediation Programs.  Mediation training is available for anyone who wants to transform and empower by resolving conflicts, improving relationships and strengthen the community.

  •  $249 includes classroom instruction/materials, role play and field work

  • Complete and mail the form below with check payable to:

    MMC, P.O. Box 5942, Columbia, SC

  • Registration deadline: September 18, 2015


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  • 40-hour Classroom Instruction and Field Work*

  • 24-hour Classroom Instruction Only

  • 16-hour Field Work Only**

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* Requires MMC volunteer service commitment

** Open only to trainees who have completed 24-hour classroom instruction


For more information, please contact MMC at (803) 714-1176 or



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Benefits of Mediation

Mediation presents the opportunity to peacefully express conflict and to “hear each other out,” even when an agreement is not reached. - National Association For Community Mediation

Why Use Mediation?

  • It is informal.
  • It is confidential.
  • It saves participants time and money.
  • It emphasizes problem-solving.
  • It allows participants to contribute more directly to the outcome.

What is Mediation?

  • Mediation is a confidential, non-adversarial process. It relies on a neutral third party — a mediator — to facilitate the flow of a conversation about the conflict.
  • The mediator guides the conversation as the parties create their own agreement. A mediator is not there to provide legal advice or expertise and does not take sides. Instead, he or she acts as a non-judgmental third party who facilitates problem-solving between the parties.
  • Participating in mediation does not prevent the parties from pursuing other options, if they do not reach agreement. However, MMC believes that, in many cases, mediation provides a better way and leads to more peaceful solutions.
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Many Thanks

We wish to convey our heartfelt thanks to our 2014-2015 funders (Richland County, SC Bar Foundation, Lexington County, City of Columbia, Smith Family Foundation and others), which have made it possible to provide many of our services.

We also wish to thank our community partners and community mediation and family mediation clients for their support through MMC’s fee for services program.

Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the donated time and expertise provided by student intern volunteers enrolled in Columbia College, the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Social Work, and the USC School of Law Pro Bono and Non Profit Programs.

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