Cumberland Times-News

January 24, 2011

Mediation certification training scheduled

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— FROSTBURG — Allegany Conflict Resolution Center is planning a 45-hour mediation certification training to become a trained mediator.

Training will run the first three consecutive weekends of February (Feb. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20) on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St.

The training is free to participants and exceeds the Title 17 requirements set for circuit court mediators within Maryland. Community Mediation Maryland (www.marylandmediation.org ) facilitates the training for ACRC.

Trained mediators will then serve as ACRC volunteers to mediate campus, workplace and community conflicts as available, which will enable trained participants to build valuable mediation experience. Community mediation empowers participants to resolve conflicts through third-party facilitated communication and decision-making. See www.alleganymediation.org for more details.

ACRC has worked with Cumberland neighborhoods like Rolling Mills and is working on a prison re-entry mediation program, which indicates the variety of population and program types we support in Allegany County. Additionally, the Department of Communication Studies at Frostburg State University is offering experiential learning with ACRC. Several other areas of FSU, including Student and Educational Services, Campus Police, and Residence Life, are on board as well to support mediation initiatives, as are stakeholders and groups concerning campus-community community relations in the Frostburg area. ACRC has also collaborated with faculty at Allegany College of Maryland.

Individuals with questions or those wishing to registered should contact Elesha L. Ruminski, chairwoman of FSU’s Department of Communication Studies and president of ACRC’s board of directors, at 301-687-4480 or elruminski@frostburg.edu. Deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 28.