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This lessons showcases Northwest Mediation Center, explains its’ mediation services across all facets of life. Note: This lesson is under development. This page describes Renters Pass’s understanding of the organization. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and are based on our understanding of the program. This page is not currently endorsed by NW Mediation Center or any other organization.

 

We foster, provide and teach peaceful problem solving.

 

Click this link for our website and our services: http://nwmediationcenter.com/

Northwest Mediation Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation, authorized under RCW 7.75, The Court Improvement Act of 1984, for the purpose of providing alternative dispute resolution services without regard to a participant’s ability to pay, mediator training and certification, and conflict resolution education to the community.

NMC and its mediators abide by stringent standards for performance and ethics, as set forth in the following:

  • Title 7.75 of the Revised Code of Washington – Dispute Resolution Centers;
  • Title 7.07 of the Revised Code of Washington – Uniform Mediation Act;
  • The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators (prepared by the American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, and Association for Conflict Resolution – adopted 2005);
  • Washington Mediation Association Standards of Practice for Mediators;
  • Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators – as amended 2009, by Resolution Washington; and
  • Minimum Standards for Certification of mediators – adopted 2011, by the membership of Resolution Washington, including training, practicum and continuing education requirements.

 

What is Mediation?  

In mediation, a neutral person (the mediator) helps the parties to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement of their dispute. Any settlement is recorded and may be filed as an enforceable contract. Mediation is an informal, voluntary, and confidential process. The process gives the parties the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the disagreement, clear up misunderstandings, determine the underlying interests or concerns, and draft a settlement agreement. Any agreement reached in mediation is the agreement of both parties.

 

Reasons to Mediate  

1. Mediation is Fair and Neutral.
Parties have an equal say in the process and they, not the mediator, decide the terms of the settlement. There is time for the parties to discuss and consider underlying issues. Mediation can be used to negotiate disagreements that are not appropriate for Court.

2. Mediation Saves Time and Money.
Mediation can be used as a means of resolving most disputes; monetary, personal, family or other. Legal representation is allowed in some cases but attorneys are not necessary and are often discouraged. This allows the parties to save money and to have a direct voice in the agreement. Mediation can usually be scheduled within a day (a session lasts approximately two hours) and the cost is based on a sliding scale which takes the income of the parties into account.

3. Mediation, Not Litigation.
Mediation can be used as an initial attempt at agreement before court action is sought or it may be used as the only avenue available in certain areas of disagreement. A settlement reached in mediation can eliminate the need for litigation and, thereby, the uncertainty of a judicial decision. The parties draft their own agreement which may be legally binding.

4. Mediation is Confidential.
All parties sign a confidentiality agreement which states that anything discussed in mediation is confidential.

5. Mediation Fosters Cooperation.
Mediation fosters a problem-solving approach, which invites cooperation. This is especially important where the preservation of a relationship is critical, which may occur between parents negotiating a parenting plan, neighbors, family members, co-workers, and landlord-tenant associations.

6. Mediation Improves Communication.
Mediation provides a safe, neutral, and mutually satisfactory resolution, which allows for preservation of the relationship.

7. Mediation Allows You to Design Your Own Solution.
A neutral third party assists the parties in reaching a voluntary, mutually beneficial resolution. Mediation can resolve all issues important to the parties, not just the original disagreement.

8. With Mediation, Everyone Wins.
An independent survey showed 96% of all respondents and 91% of all initiating parties would use mediation again.

 

These are examples where mediation can help:

  • Family Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Parenting Plans/Residential Schedules
  • Parent/Teen Mediation
  • Extended Family Mediation
  • Neighborhood
  • Contracts
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Elder Issues (including Guardianship and Probate)
  • Disputes With or Between Small Businesses
  • Consumer Issues
  • Business Partners
  • Workplace
  • Business to Business
  • Group Facilitation
  • Elder Issues (including Guardianship and Probate)
  • Disputes With or Between Small Businesses
  • Consumer Issues
  • Business Partners
  • Workplace
  • Business to Business
  • Group Facilitation
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation

 

Landlord/Tenant Mediation

If one thing is certain, it is that landlord-tenant relations will not always go as smoothly as planned. Landlords spend countless hours searching for well-qualified, responsible tenants to occupy their homes, and when something goes awry, it can lead to uncertainty and frustration. From code violations and withheld rent to security deposit and evictions, all of this can formulate a less than desirable situation for landlords and tenants alike.

A popular choice for landlords and tenants is the court system to reach a resolution. Unfortunately, going the court route has the potential to cost a great deal of money and it could take weeks, even months to have your case heard before a judge. In addition to the cost and time, collecting on your judgment can be a thorny task.

Luckily another choice exists. Landlord-tenant mediation can produce better outcomes and you will spend less time and money trying to mend the problem. Mediation is an informal process in which a neutral, skilled third person (the mediator) helps conflicting parties to discuss possible solutions. The mediation is completely private and confidential and the parties are helped by the mediator to brainstorm ideas and come up with a mutually suitable agreement at the conclusion of the session if they desire. Not only does the mediation process help them with the current problem at hand, it also will teach them skills to work out other problems that may arise in the course of their landlord/tenant relationship. Nearly 85% of all cases brought to mediation end up settling, saving time, stress and creating long-lasting agreements between the people involved. Unlike court, mediation offers ideas that are reasonable and fair for everyone involved rather than one person making a decision for you that may or may not work in the long run. Mediation has also been very effective in helping with neighbor to neighbor disputes, when “loving thy neighbor” is easier said than done. Mediation can help neighbors work together to solve their current dispute and also work out some new methods of communication and working together peacefully to avoid such disputes in the future. Virtually any type of problem can be mediated. Simply said, mediation works! If you would like more information on mediation, please contact Northwest Mediation Center

 

Neighborhood Mediation

We can help by coaching or by mediation with neighbors. Here are some real life examples where mediation can help create good neighbors through mediation.

Smoke from their barbecue choking you?  Fence got moved onto your property? Barking dog? Loud music? Kids running through the flowerbeds? Tree limbs falling into your yard?  Alley full of cars? All kinds of neighborhood disputes, ranging from perpetual annoyances to serious infringements on your rights, are appropriate topics for mediation.  Trained mediators can help neighbors turn potential feuds and lawsuits into productive discussions—crafting resolutions that meet each other’s needs and help preserve friendly, peaceful, and cooperative relationships.

 

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