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Community mediation offers constructive processes for resolving differences and conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. It is an alternative to avoidance, destructive confrontation, prolonged litigation or violence. It gives people in conflict an opportunity to take responsibility for the resolution of their dispute and control of the outcome. Community mediation is designed to preserve individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between people and groups, and to create processes that make communities work for all of us.
The purpose of the National Association for Community Mediation is to support the maintenance and growth of community-based mediation programs and processes, to present a compelling voice in appropriate policy-making, legislative, professional, and other arenas, and to encourage the development and sharing of resources for these efforts.
In communities around the globe, programs and volunteers share their expertise to help others constructively engage, transform, & resolve conflict. NAFCM supports these peacemakers by aggregating their wisdom, amplifying their voice, and advancing their critical work.
We continuously seek to bring innovation, growth and creativity to advance the mission of community mediation in an environment of constant change.
We operate with perpetual inquisitiveness around possibilities, potential and opportunities for progress.
We act as a vehicle for connection between our members, our communities, and the nation to bring opportunities for collaborative solutions.
Mediation is a process of dispute resolution in which one or more impartial third parties intervenes in a conflict with the consent of the disputants and assists them in negotiating a consensual and informed agreement. In mediation, the decision-making authority rests with the parties themselves.
In mediation, a mediator guides participants through difficult conversations, providing a safe environment to discuss their conflict. The mediator will:
Community Mediation Centers are Characterized by, and/or Committed to:
NAFCM believes that when any group of persons is treated with less value, dignity or respect than others there are negative impacts for humanity and society. Community mediation programs are intended to be a reflection of each community including the multitude of traditions, customs, and values.
NAFCM affirms its commitment to honoring, embracing, and encouraging diversity in all aspects of community mediation. NAFCM values and seeks diversity in our staff, board of directors, committees, and membership. It is NAFCM’s intention to consciously and assertively remove barriers to participation in all aspects of our work and to honor our distinctive customs, values and traditions. NAFCM makes a firm commitment to create an organization (including community mediation centers) and a field that models, supports and teaches respectful pluralism among all.