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Mediation Services of Adams County

Mediation Services of Adams County (MSAC) is a locally-based organization in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, composed of a board and certified volunteer mediators who provide training in mediation and negotiation skills, as well as conflict resolution services for individuals and groups in the Gettysburg area.

Covid-19 Update: MSAC Offers Free Distance-Mediation Services

Mediation Services of Adams County is offering free distance-mediation services, using social media.  All of our usual mediation situations—family, custody agreements, neighbor, elder, workplace, contract work, divorce and property settlements—may be facilitated using Zoom or conference calls.  Call our Help Line: 717-334-7312 for more information, or send an e-mail to mediationac@yahoo.com.  Mediations will be free of charge, until Adams County reaches the Covid-19 green level, and all businesses are fully open.

We will work with you to find the best technology match to conduct the mediation. Distance- mediations will be conducted by experienced mediators, who are skilled in dealing with difficult conflicts and using all types of social media.

This service is intended for families or individuals, who are not under threat of violence, but who face difficulties getting along with each other while sheltering in place. For more information, keep reading or visit our About Us page.

What Happens in Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution that allows two people locked in conflict to resolve their issues peacefully. To learn more about what happens during the mediation process, visit our About Us page. To set up a mediation session, please call our Intake Coordinator at 717-334-7312.


MSAC Mission and Core Values

The mission of Mediation Services of Adams County is to promote peaceful coexistence in Adams County through the principles of mediation, recognition and acceptance of differences, and productive communication.

Our organization is composed of people who are committed to alternative dispute resolution. We believe in dignity and respect for all people involved in a dispute. We believe that effective mediation can transform relationships, truly enabling life changes.

Our services are available to all regardless of socio-economic class, ethnicity or other considerations. While ability to pay is a secondary consideration, we believe that some investment by every participant is vital to a successful mediation. We will not knowingly put people at risk, either as participants or as mediators.

Members of the 2019 MSAC Board at work

 

Annual Conflict Resolution Mediation Training

MSAC holds Conflict Resolution and Mediation training annually in order to provide opportunities for local organizations to gain expertise in communication, facilitation, and solution of internal and client problems. For custom-designed training, contact MSAC at 717-334-7312.  

About MSAC Annual Training

Topics include conflict styles, active listening, communication skills, negotiation, mediation, and role-plays, which are extensively employed in order to practice resolving disputes of various types. Professionally trained and certified mediators from Mediation Services of Adams County will conduct all training sessions.

Dispute resolution skills are useful in the workplace, family, service organizations, municipalities, and community agencies. Mediation in particular is a dispute resolution technique designed to resolve problems which develop between people in many different settings. Individuals sit down with a trained mediator and work towards a mutually agreeable solution. Negotiation is a more informal one-on-one approach useful in everyday life.

The cost for the workshop is $275. Non-profit organizations  may send one person to the training at a substantial discount; however, additional participants from that agency must pay the regular registration fee. Fees should be paid under the aegis of the sponsoring organization. Anyone who has previously taken the workshop and wishes to refresh his/her skills may enroll free of charge but should register using the current registration form.

For more information, or to obtain a registration form, call 717-334-7312 or e-mail mediationac@yahoo.com  Updated registration forms will be made available at the Adams County Library, the YWCA and this website (online registration and print registration) when workshop dates and location are finalized.


Intake Coordinator: Mary Kay Turner
717-334-7312
mediationac@yahoo.com