City of Springfield Offers Mediation Training

SPRINGFIELD (September 10, 2019) ─ The City of Springfield Community Development Department will offer mediation training beginning in November.  The free training will give participants an introduction to and strategies in mediation.

“Springfield Mediation Service: A Peaceful Alternative,” will include:

  • An introduction to mediation
  • Communication strategies used in mediation
  • The steps of mediation
  • Role plays of mediation sessions
  • Special issues in mediation
  • The uniform mediation act

The basic mediation training is a 15-hour course scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 through 6 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday Nov. 12 and 13 from 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge for this training, but participants must commit to attend all sessions and priority registration will be given to people who are involved in Springfield neighborhood organizations, property managers or tenants, board members and people working with mediation service referral agencies.

Trainers will include Nancy Flinchbaugh, Springfield Mediation Service Coordinator, Tim Voltz, Clark County Juvenile Court Mediator, and Sharon Travis Bell, Court Mediator and Trainer. Together they have over 50 years of mediation experience and have experience mediating neighbor, family, divorce, juvenile, court, civil, and landord-tenant disputes. Other trained mediators, including Cheryl Dover, City of Springfield, and Denise Williams, Springfield NAACP, will assist with the training.

To register to attend, contact Nancy Flinchbaugh, Springfield Mediation Service, 76 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio 45504, 937-324-7696. Or email

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