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Sunsetting the CASA Program
After several years, The Peacemaker Program has made the difficult decision to cease offering the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. This excellent national program has been administered locally by The Peacemaker Program since 2000. However, a combination of funding realities, few referrals, and the excellent support services provided by other professionals have made this program unsustainable for the agency.
Calling All Mediators
In association with the New York State Dispute Resolution Association and the Dispute Resolution Center of Herkimer County, The Peacemaker Program is seeking qualified candidates to become certified mediators. Individuals will be trained and complete an apprenticeship with the agency, before practicing as mediators on a volunteer basis. The training and certification process are expected to take one year, and will provide an excellent foundation of formal dispute resolution skills for work, school, home, and beyond.
So Long, Farewell...
The Peacemaker Program family has had to say goodbye to two of our most beloved staff, Ronde S. Brown and Steve Robinson.
Meet the New Hire!
Melissa Hillage has joined The Peacemaker Program as the Family Services Coordinator. Melissa's purview will include a variety of family mediation services (including Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Divorce/Separation, and Elder Mediation) as well as administering the Child Custody Advocate Program.
New Training Contract
CONTACT Community Services has hired The Peacemaker Program to provide mediation training to their staff. Based in Syracuse, CONTACT provides a wide variety of services to the local school district, and seeks to supplement their staff's excellent skill set with Dispute Resolution techniques. The training will take place over the summer and fall.
Did You Know?
The Peacemaker Program offers Challenge Programs for groups of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Whether for team building, staff retreats, or teaching pro-social skills, these collections of games, activities, and discussion are ideal and affordable. Click here for more information!
Not all mediation is created equal. When mediation isn't voluntary, confidential, safe, neutral, and empowering, then it really isn't mediation at all. Check out this interesting article on Mediate.com for an example.
Only a fraction of our communication happens through the words we speak; the rest is delivered through body language and tone of voice. If you're anticipating a difficult conversation, put as much time and effort into choosing those as you would carefully choosing your words. You'll be glad you did.
The Peacemaker Program, Inc. provides a continuum of services including skill development, dispute resolution programs and child advocacy services through the use of carefully trained volunteers. Our mission is to offer inclusive, innovative approaches to resolve conflict and achieve positive outcomes for children, families and the community.
"The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small."
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