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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.  This training provides 4.00 CEUs, but is not a credit course. ** 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.

Participants in this training are invited to join the MCRC volunteer roster, otherwise closed at this time. 

The class is designed to accommodate those who may work a traditional work week schedule by meeting over three weekends, Thursday through Saturday, as follows:

  • April 30th, May 1st, & 2nd
  • May 7th, 8th, & 9th
  • May 14th, 15th, & 16th

Class is from 6:30pm-9:45pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 8:30am-5:00pm on Saturdays.

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

For more information regarding the 40-hour basic training, visit the course information website here: If you have questions, please contact Kathy Rockefeller, MCRC Director at or you may call 443-518-4360.

Registration is now open! The last day to register for the class is 5/2. Register by 4/15 to receive a $50 Early bird discount. Howard County residents can register online by using HCCExpress (first-time users will need to create a profile to register). Everyone can register in person, by phone, or by fax. For more information about how to register, visit the Continuing Education webpage: The course designation is Basic Mediation #5562 XI-114-7830. For information regarding registration, please contact Roxanne Cathey Farrar, Continuing Education Coordinator at or you may call 443-518-4972.

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MCRC awards two 100% scholarships for rising Juniors and Seniors at HCPSS high schools. For more information or to apply, please contact Kathy Rockefeller at or you may call 443-518-4360. 

Restorative Practices Training/Restorative Dialogue and Restorative Reflections:

This two-day training gives an overview of Restorative Justice and 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:

This training will be offered in the Summer of 2015. Exact times and dates TBA.

To register for this training, or for more information regarding trainings, please contact Stephanie Klein, MCRC Program Coordinator at or you may call 443-518-1888.

Professional Development Sessions: 

Professional Development sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 6:45pm-8:30pm.


Restorative Dialogues and Refletions: Managing Specific Scenarios

September 10 -- Led by Kathy Rockefeller in DH 130


Emotional Intelligence -- Test Yourself!

October 8 -- Led by Barb Hudson in DH 130


MCRC Double Feature:

How are We Doing? Analyzing MCRC Participant Evaluations

Screening: Why do We Ask What We Ask?

November 12 -- Led by Stephanie Klein and Anne Hilb in DH 230


Volunteer Appreciation Event

January 14 -- Light supper served, location TBA


Restorative Dialogue and Reflections: Collecting Creative Ways to Facilitate the "Under-told" Story, Address Bullying, and Offer Resources

February 11 -- Led by Kathy Rockefeller in DH 130


Saturday Role Play Skills Session

Saturday, March 14 -- Led by MCRC Staff in DH 108 (RSVPs required closer to the date)


Mediator Ethics by Case Type at MCRC

April 8 -- Led by John Greer in DH 130


Being Aware of Triggers for Self and Participants in Mediation

May 13 -- Led by Chetana Bhat in DH 130


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