MCRC offers 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training & Restorative Practices Training on an intermittent basis.  See information below:

40 Hour Basic Mediation Training:

This interactive course is presented in cooperation with HCC’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center, and includes theory, process, skills, and ethical considerations essential for every mediator. The course covers topics required to satisfy training requirements for designation by Maryland District and Circuit Courts as a mediator (Rule 17). Training involves small group discussions and exercises, coached role playing, videos, and lecture. Manual provided.  ** Please note: You must attend every single hour of this training to receive a certificate. **

Registration, Class Dates and Times

This year’s course is again taught by Barbara Blake Williams, who has a private mediation practice and mediates for several Maryland courts. Ms. Williams holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a M.Ed. in Counseling/Family Therapy Focus from Boston University, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Her teaching style is both entertaining and inspiring.

The course will be offered over three consecutive weekends in May and June:  Thursday and Friday evenings (6:30pm – 9:45pm) and Saturdays (8:30am – 5:00pm), as follows: May 29-31, June 5-7, and June 12-14.

  • May 29-31 (Thu, Fri 6:30pm-9:45pm and Sat 8:30am-5:00pm) AND
  • June 5-7 (Thu, Fri 6:30pm-9:45pm and Sat 8:30am-5:00pm) AND
  • June 12-14 (Thu, Fri 6:30pm-9:45pm and Sat 8:30am-5:00pm)

** Please note: You must attend every single hour of this training to receive a certificate. **

You can find more information about this training in the Continuing Education Spring 2014 brochure on page 12.

For more information regarding the 40-hour basic training, please contact Kathy Rockefeller, MCRC Director at KathyRockefeller@howardcc.edu or you may call 443-518-4360.

Registration is now open! The course designation is Basic Mediation #3723 XI-114-7137. You can register by printing out and completing this registration form which already has the course information entered. You can then fax, mail, or bring it in to the registration office. Howard County residents can register online using HCCExpress. First-time users will need to create a profile to register. If you register by May 14, you will receive a $50 Early Bird Discount.

Rising HCPSS juniors and seniors who are at least 16 years of age by the start of the class can apply for a 100% scholarship. For more information or to apply, email KathyRockefeller@howardcc.edu.

For information regarding registration, please contact Roxanne Cathey Farrar, Continuing Education Coordinator at rfarrar@howardcc.edu or you may call 443-518-4972.

Restorative Practices Training (Restorative Dialogue and Restorative Reflections):

This two-day training gives a complete overview of Restorative Justice, how it benefits the participants, the community, and the justice system. This training is geared specifically for our mediator volunteers and community partners who have completed the 40 hour basic mediation training.  Restorative Training is required for those wishing to be assigned to Restorative Reflection and Restorative Dialogue cases at MCRC.  These cases typically involve juveniles and their parents.  Participants will learn the entire process, from assignment of cases, through agreements and reporting.

Pre requisite: 40-hour Basic Mediation Training

Registration, Class Dates and Times:  OUR NEXT TRAINING WILL BE SOMETIME SPRING 2014. DATES, TIMES, AND INSTRUCTOR TO BE DETERMINED AND WILL BE POSTED HERE.

For more information regarding trainings, please contact Stephanie Klein, MCRC Program Coordinator at sklein@howardcc.edu or you may call 443-518-1888.

Professional Development Sessions: 

  • MEDIATION JEOPARDY!                           

Wednesday, March 26, 6:45pm – 8:45pm*** Rm  DH 130

Led by MCRC’s Barb Hudson ***Note special time extension to meet MPME’S ethics requirement

  • EVIDENCE IN MEDIATION: IS IT EVER APPROPRIATE?

Wednesday, April 23, 6:45pm – 8:30pm Rm DH 130

Led by MCRC’s Terry Chaklos, who promises a healthy snack to all who attend!

  • SATURDAY SKILLS SESSION RSVP Required, read on…

Saturday, May 31, 9:30am – 12:00pm Location: TBA

This session needs a leader! Interested? You’d need to plan role plays and coordinate groupings and lead debriefs. To volunteer to plan and lead, contact kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu.  MCRC requires RSVPs for Saturday sessions, and a minimum of 8 participants is required for the session to happen. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Stephanie Klein at sklein@howardcc.edu.

For more information regarding professional development sessions, please contact Stephanie Klein, MCRC Program Coordinator at sklein@howardcc.edu or you may call 443-518-1888.