“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
The NJC’s volunteer mediators come from a variety of backgrounds that include,but not limited, to attorneys, a retired Administrative Law judge, realtors, students, and homemakers. They range in age from 21 to 87. What they share is a desire to assist others in resolving disputes. Becoming a mediator is a challenging and rewarding choice.
NJC mediators are required to complete a minimum of 40-hour of training in basic mediation training through the NJC or a comparable source. The NJC works with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Continuing Education in conducting three 40-hour Basic Mediation Certificate Programs per year. These trainings are a way of expanding community awareness of alternative ways to resolve conflict; developing communication skills to create a culture of peace; and bringing in new volunteers and NJC Advisory Board (Board) members. Four of the five NJC Board members completed the training and are dedicated to enhancing the reach of the NJC to the ever-growing, diverse population in Clark County.
For more information about the NJC/UNLV program visit www.continuingeducation.unlv.edu
To become a volunteer mediator you must complete an application, pass a background check, which includes full fingerprinting, and an interview. Upon acceptance, volunteers must also complete a volunteer contract. While obtaining the necessary fingerprint and background checks, you may begin the internship process.
Interns begin by observing 4-6 mediations at the NJC. This provides the opportunity to question the process we use as well as observe a variety of mediation styles and techniques.
After the observation, interns will co-mediate a minimum of 4-6 cases with an experienced staff mediator who will give them feedback and support. After co-mediating, a staff mediator will observe interns conducting a minimum of 4-6 mediations. Following each observed mediation, feedback on areas of strength and where improvement is needed will be given.
Once the staff mediator determines the intern is ready to conduct solo mediations, the intern will be approved to become a new volunteer mediator.
To receive and maintain credentialing as a NJC mediator, you are required to conduct a minimum of 12 mediations within the calendar year following training. NJC mediators must also complete a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education classes annually. Relevant trainings received outside of the NJC may be considered towards the continuing education hours.