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If you’re a community member who can commute to metropolitan Boston every other week to mediate then you are eligible to apply for training.
Once applicants are accepted for training, each new trainee is required to attend 32 hours of basic mediation training and be available to mediate every other week in a small claims session in a local court in metropolitan Boston. New trainees are expected to mediate once every other week for the equivalent of two semesters. (Community members may have the opportunity to mediate during a “summer” semester.)
Yes! The Program on Negotiation (PON) offers workshops in mediation and negotiation through their Harvard Negotiation Institute. These workshops are offered in September and June. PON also offers weekly semester-long seminars on mediation and negotiation.
While HMP Recruiting Directors make every effort to interview each applicant, it’s not always possible to interview every applicant given HMP’s limited timetable for interviewing candidates.
Typically 24 applicants are accepted per training class. On average, four to six community members are accepted per class.
Fortunately for those wishing to learn mediation skills, programs abound throughout the country. The Association for Conflict Resolution, and the National Association for Community Mediation may help you locate a training program in your area.
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