Mediation Model

HMP employs a facilitative, co-mediation model. This model is premised on three main principles:

  • The self-determination of the parties;
  • The informed consent of the parties;
  • The neutrality of the mediators.

We strive to help the parties create a process that best suits their dispute and enables them to reach a mutually agreeable solution. To that end, we, as mediators, do not endeavor to solve the parties’ problem or impose on them solutions of our own making – rather, we create a safe and neutral environment in which they can discuss their problem and hopefully reach resolution. Every dispute is mediated by two HMP mediators; thus, co-mediation skills are as important to our model as active listening and facilitation skills. All mediators with the program are required to adhere to this model.

Upcoming Training

HMP’s basic mediation trainings for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
October 5, 6, 19 & 20, 2019 -or-
February 8, 9, 22 & 23, 2020

HMP Application – Fall 2019

Each applicant accepted for training is required to attend the full 32 hours of basic mediation training and to fulfill a two-semester commitment as a volunteer mediator with HMP, serving local courts in metropolitan Boston.