The Mediator’s Role
“Mediation” is a voluntary process for bringing together, with a mediator, two or more parties who have a disagreement with one another. The mediator’s role is to facilitate communication between the disputing parties, with a goal to resolve the conflict. The exact part a mediator plays can look slightly different for each type of mediation; however, it often includes all parties sitting in one room together with two trained mediators helping to work toward a mutually agreeable solution.
All CDR mediators have a certification in mediation, provided on site through our practicum or at another location that meets the required standards put forth by Resolution Washington (the association of Washington State Dispute Resolution Centers). Our mediators come from a wide variety of backgrounds, all with one thing in common: a passion to serve and promote peace within the community.
If you are interested in becoming a certified CDR mediator, you must first either attend a CDR Mediation Training (MT) or a training at another Resolution Washington Mediation Center, then apply to participate in our practicum. (If you took the 40-hour mediation training elsewhere, and want to join our practicum, please contact us; special conditions may apply.)