What is Mediation?
Mediation is a neutral process in which participants are able to have a facilitated conversation about their dispute. Mediation can be used in conjunction with an existing court case or in lieu of court.
Mediators act as a neutral third party to the dispute. They do not take sides, make determinations of guilt, or give suggestions or advice. Mediators facilitate the flow of conversation and provide a process in which participants are able to come to their own resolutions.
Mediation sessions are confidential. No information that is obtained during the mediation session is shared with any outside entities, and any notes taken by the mediators during the mediation session are destroyed at the end of the session. Mediators cannot be subpoenaed to appear as a witness on anyone’s behalf in any court proceedings. The exceptions to confidentiality are child abuse, elder abuse and credible threats of violence which we are required by law to report.
The mediation process is voluntary. All participants must agree to attend a session, and the session can be ended at any time.
CMPG's services are free of charge and offered to businesses and residents of Prince George’s County. Mediation sessions can be scheduled morning, afternoon or evening at a variety of locations within Prince George’s County.
CMPG utilizes the Facilitative and Inclusive (Community) models of mediation. Our mediators are volunteers from the community with various backgrounds and experience. Mediators are selected on a case-by-case basis to best meet the needs of the participants.
Some types of cases we mediate are:
- Parenting Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a mediation session?
As part of our commitment to deliver outstanding customer service, we have implemented a case management/tracking system which will enable us to monitor, respond and follow-up with requests from our community members. Our objective is to communicate with each constituent within 48 hours.
Requests may be initiated by calling us at (301) 952-4729 or visiting during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. A case manager will answer any questions and schedule your mediation session. Please ensure that all of the information entered is correct and concise, and that you have read and understand our Privacy Statement.
How far in advance do I need to schedule a mediation session?
We request a minimum of 10 business days when requesting a mediation session. The more time in advance the better we will able to facilitate your request.
Where are mediation sessions held?
We schedule mediation sessions across Prince George’s County in any neutral location. Sessions may be held at our offices in the County Administration Building, schools, libraries, community centers, etc. We will do our best to schedule your session at a location that is convenient to you, if scheduling permits.
What if I have an open court case?
You can utilize mediation in conjunction with your court case. You must still attend any scheduled court hearings.
How do I become a mediator?
In order to become a mediator with CMPG, you must first complete a minimum of 40 hours of Basic Mediation Training with an approved partner. Whether you have had mediation training or would like to be trained as a mediator, you may fill out the Mediation Training Application and return it to CMPG.
For more information, please contact CMPG at 301-952-4729.