Volunteer Questions and Answers
The first step in becoming a volunteer mediator is to complete the
application form (see Forms page on this site for an application.) Upon
acceptance into the program the prospective volunteer must complete a
twenty hour basic training through Early Settlement. Following
completion of basic training the volunteer will continue under
supervision with the program director until certification is complete.
The length of this supervision is dependent on the skill level of the
Q: What is the cost of training?
There is no cost for training as a volunteer mediator through Early
Settlement. The volunteer is expected to make a
commitment of completing twenty clock hours to the program within two
Q: When and where are the trainings held?
The program director determines where and when trainings are held each
year. Trainings are held in counties where there is a demand for
additional mediators. Volunteers will have the option of attending
trainings in other program areas around the state at the discretion of
the Program Director.
Trainings are generally two
or three days long. While all materials are provided for the trainee,
each person must cover the cost of their own transportation, meals, and
lodging if they choose to stay overnight.
Q: How long is my commitment to the Early Settlement Program?
Volunteers commit to giving twenty hours within two years to the
program in exchange for the training. Many volunteers have mediated
with the program for many years.
While previous training in mediation can be very helpful, people who
are interested in volunteer mediating through Early Settlement must
complete Basic Training through Early Settlement. Since there are
various forms of mediation this is necessary to produce consistency and
quality throughout the program.
who operate under the Dispute Resolution Act and act in a manner
consistent with program guidelines are protected. Certification and
protection does not apply if a person is not mediating the mediation
through the Early Settlement Program.
Other Questions? Contact the Early Settlement office for more information.