Conflict comes in all shapes and sizes. This is especially true now, when we’re spending a lot more time with the same people. There seems to be plenty of time to think of new things to disagree about! Did you know that mediation can help?
If you’re experiencing conflict, there’s a group of people you should know about: the mediators at the Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM).
Bottom Line: Conflict is a part of being human.
In the middle of a conflict, it can be really tough to take a deep breath and remove yourself from the situation. We know we need to do it in order to resolve the issue, but it’s still hard.
That’s where CJAM comes in. CJAM can provide unbiased mediators to help both sides through the conflict process. We’ve all been there—maybe your child keeps getting into trouble, or your coworker is frustrating you to no end. No one should have to go through conflict alone.
Everyone, every day, experiences conflict. The pandemic adds new challenges. No matter what type of conflict – whether family, neighbors, landlord, tenant, or coworkers – you can contact CJAM to help.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process that helps people in a conflict or disagreement to understand their situation, brainstorm solutions, and ultimately (we hope) agree on a solution that works for them. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. Mediators are trained and impartial.
If you are in conflict, a mediator creates a safe place for you and the other person to talk about what has happened. Mediation can help you to understand each other’s views, and get to a solution that meets both of your needs and interests.
How do I start?
Mediation services are free. CJAM is currently taking referrals and requests for services, with mediations occurring via phone or video conferencing. When you contact CJAM initially, a Case Manager will contact you to set up an initial interview and during that time will explain the process and answer questions you may have.
If you think mediation services might be a good thing for you, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 812-336-8677 to leave a message.