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.

UPDATE: 2020 Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 Giving Spree will take place online and in a socially-distanced way. Please use one of the steps below to contribute needed funds to MSAC. 

When: November 5, 2020
On the Internet! By mail! In-person drop-off!
Donors can give in three ways:

1) Donate online between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm on November 5, 2020, at the Adams County Community Foundation website: http://www.accfgivingspree.org/  Note: The link will only be active on November 5, 2020.

2) Mail a check made out to ACCF with a completed donor form to the Adams County Community Foundation. The check must be received between November 1–5, 2020.

3) Drop off a check and a completed donor form at the Gettysburg High School parking lot on November 5, 2020 between 1–5 pm.

Donor forms will be mailed to all previous donors. They are also available online.

MSAC Offers Socially-Distanced Mediation Services on a Sliding Scale

As a public service, Mediation Services of Adams county will continue to offer conflict-resolution services during the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, mediations can be conducted in two ways: 1) in person, using masks for document-signing  and social distancing for conversation and decision-making; or 2) online, using Zoom or smart phones, for introductions, conversation, decision-making and document-signing. As of October 1, 2020, we have reinstated fees, using a sliding scale.

Mediation is appropriate for any dispute which does not involve threats of violence or a huge power imbalance. Typical disputes equitably solved through mediation include family issues, landlord-tenant problems, neighborhood property issues and pre-divorce property division.  Conflict coaching is also available in instance where one party won’t come to the table or an individual is unsure about how to move forward with a dispute.

Calling the MSAC Help Line at 717-334-7312 puts one in touch with an Intake Coordinator who will listen to the problem, get in touch with the other party to the dispute and immediately set up a mediation.  More information is available online at www.mediateadams.org

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