Services

Elder Care

Elder care and family mediation is designed to help families adjust to major life transitions. In a safe, confidential environment, family members can discuss topics like caregiving responsibilities, selling family properties and residence decisions. These types of discussions are often fraught with painful and difficult decisions. With a mediator, family members can get help working through challenging topics as they figure out the best way to meet the family's overall needs. A neutral facilitator helps to navigate the topics so that disputes are resolved.

Mediation is an efficient and confidential means of resolving disputes surrounding potential discharge of a family member from an Assisted Living or Nursing Home, where family members of the elder, the elder, and representatives of the facility can discuss ways to care for special circumstances and issues that may arise and threaten the continued stay with the facility where the elder considers home.

Small Claims

When you are dealing with a conflict, small claims mediation is a good choice. This type of mediation service is used for small claims disputes. During mediation, you are able to discuss topics like exchanges, returning the property, boundary disputes, communication agreements and work exchange. You are provided with a safe environment to negotiate the best way to move forward and find creative solutions. This private, confidential process gives you an opportunity to find realistic solutions that work for both parties.

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Family Relations

This kind of mediation is useful for all types of family members. Whether you are going through a divorce or struggle to communicate with your teenager, family mediation can help you resolve problems. In family relations mediation, you can make important decisions about caring for a loved one or create a parenting plan. A neutral, third-party mediator is present to add structure to sensitive, difficult situations. With the help of a mediator, family members can gain a better understanding of each perspective and work together to find the right solutions.

Peer Mediation

Peer mediation services involve youths helping youths to solve problems, communicate effectively and resolve disputes. This type of program involves two peers meeting in a confidential, private setting to talk about different issues. A trained student mediator guides the conversation and helps find solutions to the dispute. As a result of peer mediation, students are less likely to be suspended, start fights or become expelled. More importantly, peer mediation empowers students to develop communication strategies for resolving disputes on their own.

Fundamentals Training

There will be a Mediation Fundamentals Training in May and June 2019. The training is made up of five sessions that all add up to 40 hours. Those 40 hours are all required for full training.

The dates for this single Fundamentals Training are as follows:

WEEKEND ONE: 

Thursday, May 30 (5pm-9pm) 

Friday, May 31 (8am-5pm) 

Saturday, June 1 (8am-5pm)

WEEKEND TWO: 

Friday, Jun 7 (8am-5pm)

Saturday, June 8 (8am-5pm)

For more information or questions please contact us at: info@billingsmediationcenter.org


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Tele-Mediation Services

Especially because of Montana's rural nature, the use of remote mediation has been an effective tool for serving the rural communities of Montana. If you have decided against resolving issues because of distance, there is a technology-based solution that will allow for conflict resolution without travel. Remote mediation uses a free application downloaded to any device. While the best results work with consistent internet, it does also work with data service. 

For more information on remote mediating, please contact us.

Training

Besides providing mediation services, Billings Mediation Center strives to educate and train others interested in becoming facilitative-style mediators. That includes attorneys and para-professionals who wish to help clients resolve disputes outside of a "win-lose" scenario. 

This is just a sampling of sources for training. If you know of an individual or business who would like to provide training for facilitative-style mediation, please contact us with the information. None of the events or individuals below have been solicited nor paid to have their resource provided. 

Center for Collaborative Solutions: Click Here

This Center also supports Montana Mediation Association in its efforts to provide training as well as certification. More information for that can be found here: Click Here 

Because of the rurality of Montana, we acknowledge the need for accessing training through other forms. To that end, Billings Mediation Center hopes to provide future conferences for multiple individuals to access trainings provided through Mediate.Com at Click Here

Opportunities to Support

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE to support the mission of Billings Mediation Center, your support by clicking below is forever appreciated in any amount.

Support is welcomed in any way, so if you have a non-monetary gift/talent you believe could be utilized by Billings Mediation Center to further its mission, please contact us with your idea:

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The Board of Directors is comprised of five to eleven members, typically serving a three-year term. Board meetings are held quarterly. Board members are generally appointed at the October board meeting of each year. Leadership positions on the Board include: President, Vice President/Secretary, and Treasurer. There are also two internal committee chair positions. Past President serves for one additional year.

If being a Board Member does not fit your interest level, please know that we are continually interested in persons desiring to be part of Billings Mediation Center as advisers and supporters of the vision of Facilitative Mediation in our community, and we invite you to email or click the button below.

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