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Dispute Resolution Centers’
Washington State Court Systems
anti-harassment, real estate, multiparty,
Victim Offender Mediation Programs:7 centers offer Victim Offender meeting programs that bring together juvenile offenders (most often youths who have gone through diversion process) with the victims of their crimes, shoplift, malicious mischief, theft, simple assault to talk about the impact of their activity and to have them make amends. Funding comes mainly from Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee but is time limited. 2nd major source is Juvenile Courts then County General Funds. In 2001, 390 cases were mediated statewide. Hope is that victims feel greater sense of resolution, youth connects with having hurt people, reduce recidivism.
Parent/Youth Mediation:5 or more centers help parents and their children address internal family conflict.This has a positive impact on Children in Need of Services and Youth at Risk Petition caseloads.
(mediation and training fees)
Governor’s Juvenile Justice Ad. Comm.,
County General Funds, Juvenile Court, School Districts, City grants, Federal Funds
36-40 hour basic mediation training which covers: Conflict Theory and Styles, Communication Skills, Cultural Differences, Collaborative Negotiations & other Types of ADR and negotiations, the mediator’s role, ethical and legal issues, mediation models & styles, intake and assessment, demonstrations and 12 hours of role playing. Written Exam, mock mediation practice.
Internship: Observe experienced mediators, write analysis of mediations and debrief with mediators. Co-mediate with certified mediators a minimum of 24 hours in at least 3 cases who file written critiques. Center determines intern’s eligibility to become certified mediator. 18 competencies.
Standards of Practice: Mediators must adhere to Standards of Practice of the Washington Mediation Association.
Continuing Ed: 20 hrs every 2 years: in-services, conferences, reading
c/o DRC of Snohomish & Island Counties
PO Box 839
Everett, WA 98206-0839
1 (800) 280-4770
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