HOW CAN I GET HELP?
Get in touch through our online request form.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
- Mediation is a conversation between two or more people that disagree, led by a trained, neutral mediator. Mediation is a less expensive, time-saving alternative to court.
- In mediation the disputing parties have the chance to settle their differences in a safe, confidential and efficient manner.
- Mediation helps people get what they need, whether it’s peace and quiet, family unity, a financial settlement, or just a chance to be heard.
- Our mediators include staff members and community volunteers who are professionally trained and committed to promoting peace in our communities.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Mediation is FREE.
The New York Peace Institute is a not-for-profit agency. Our professionally trained mediators are volunteers and our services are provided cost free to New York City residents in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
We also offer fee-based facilitation, dialogue, consensus-building and decision-making processes for groups. Our clients have ranged from the United Nations, to the New York Police Department, to city agencies, to small community-based organizations, schools and houses of worship. We’ll work with you to figure out a process works best for your group’s specific needs. Write to us for more information, including availability and cost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TYPES OF DISPUTES CAN BE HANDLED IN MEDIATION?
Almost any dispute may be appropriate for mediation. Here are some of the typical cases handled by our mediation centers.
- Neighbor disputes such as noise
- Parenting Plans, Custody, Visitation and/or Child Support
- Civil matters – debt, personal and business
- Criminal matters – assault, property damage and menacing
- Breach of contracts
- Property disputes
- Landlord/Tenant disputes
- School conflicts – student to student conflicts
- Parenting issues such as discipline, truancy
- Special Education Mediation
- Other Services
HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK?
A case manager will contact both parties and explain the mediation process and well as ensure that the conflict is appropriate for mediation. If all parties agree to the mediation process, the mediation session will then be scheduled at one of our centers. On the scheduled mediation date, the mediator will explain the mediation process. Each person will have an opportunity to express their point of view without interruption. The mediator may ask questions, may request to speak with each party member individually, and will help parties to generate options to find their own solutions. Any agreement that is reached in mediation must be acceptable to both parties.
IS MEDIATION LIKE COURT?
No. Mediation is not a court proceeding. Mediation is voluntary. Both parties must agree to the process to have a mediation. Mediators are not judges. They are not there to make decisions. They are there to facilitate a discussion that helps parties see eye to eye when they are going head to head and find their own solutions to the conflict. Mediation is a cost effective time-saving alternative to court.
HOW DO I REQUEST A MEDIATION?
You can request help now with our online form.
Or call one of our centers below.
Brooklyn Mediation Center
Manhattan Mediation Center
Or send us an email at email@example.com
HOW DO I REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS?
Call to speak with any staff person, or download a disability accommodation request form here.
You can contact Martha Vargas with any questions about the request process at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718.834.6671.
GROUP FACILITATION SERVICES
We also provide confidential facilitation services for organizations that need the support and expertise of a neutral facilitator to conduct important meetings or help resolve internal disputes.
We design conflict intervention processes for private companies, communities, community and religious organizations, boards of directors, and management teams. These processes are designed to help foster communication between parties involved in conflict, build the communication and conflict resolution skills of all parties, and move parties toward resolution.
We work with organizations on short-term projects ranging from a single session to several sessions, and also work on long-term projects over the course of several months. We have no limit to the number of parties we can work with and have extensive experience facilitating multi-party disputes.
Fill out the Group Facilitation Request Form HERE.
Facilitation may include:
• Stakeholder interviews
• Stakeholder skills training
• Individual coaching sessions
• Plenary meetings
• Organization-wide training
Administration for Children’s Services
JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging)
New York City Department of Education
New York City Parks GreenThumb
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
United States National Park Service
…and many others!
If you have any questions about Group Facilitation, please contact Will Nassau, Training Director, at email@example.com or (212) 577-1740 x117.