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Mediation often a 'win-win' situation

February 21, 2006

Valerie Main, executive director of Washington County Community Mediation Center (WCCMC), recently spoke to the Hancock Rotary Club.

Main, whose mission is to educate community members about conflict resolution and mediation, spoke on the topic "Community Mediation: What Is It?"

She addressed the questions, "What is community mediation?" and "Who needs mediation?" She defined mediation as "a voluntary, confidential process in which trained and certified, neutral mediators help disputing parties find 'win-win' solutions to their conflict."

She stressed that mediation is free to all residents of Washington County, regardless of age, income or race. The outcome is not decided by a court or other administrative processes and the disputing parties do not give up any legal rights, she said

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Washington County residents possibly needing mediation are those who have not been able to resolve their disagreements, Main said. Disagreements might be with a spouse or partner, parent or teen, family member, employer or co-worker, neighbor or friend, landlord or tenant, contractor or repairman, service provider, teacher or school, roommate or housemate.

WCCMC has developed programs to involve youth. One of its first initiatives has been to develop a Youth Advisory Committee of four teen volunteer mediators, all of whom serve on the WCCMC Board of Directors. Calli McBride of Hancock is one of the teen volunteer mediators.

WCCMC has developed a relationship with the Washington County Board of Education. Together, they are developing Tomorrow's Leaders, a youth and family conflict resolution program. The program is being piloted in two Washington County middle schools, with a possible systemwide launch in 2006-07.

Washington County residents wanting information can reach the WCCMC office at 101 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740, by telephoning 301-665-9262 or by e-mailing WCCMC@wccmc.org. Also, they can explore mediation and learn more about conflict resolution at www.wccmc.org.

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