Scholarships for Basic Mediation Training

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ALBANY — Scholarships are available for a Basic Mediation Training. We are looking for applicants who are curious by nature, and empathic, able to see the good in people, even when people may be in the depths of a highly stressful conflict. Applicants need to be able to see several discrete perspectives or differences of opinions at a time and hold them without judgement. Applicants will be interviewed for scholarships.

Scholarship recipients will receive a four day training (valued at $1250) for free.  Afterwards they will join an apprenticeship program where they will put their skills into practice and receive coaching. Applicants must be committed to “giving their time and talents” back to the community and be available to serve as a volunteer mediator in Columbia, Greene, Ulster or Sullivan counties. Applicants need to commit to serving as a volunteer mediator for at least 6 mediations per year for two years.

The training will be held in March at Common Ground and Dispute Resolution Services, two non-profit organizations dedicated to providing conflict resolution services. The scholarships are provided by the NYS Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP) in order to train mediators who can help out in underserved, less-populated rural areas. We are looking for volunteer mediators with roots in the agricultural community.

If you are ready to serve or if you know of someone, who you think would make a great volunteer mediator to “nominate” please contact:

Common Ground for Columbia or Greene County
(518) 943 0523; or email us at

Dispute Resolution Services for Sullivan and Ulster Counties
Jolynn Dunn  845-551-2668

Applications are due by February 10th.




  • Date:Feb 2017

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