CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS: MCDR Mediator Assessment & Certification Day: May 3

  • May 03, 2020
  • 1:00 PM
  • Key Bridge Foundation in Largo, MD

  NOTE:  Due to circumstance surrounding the Coronavirus this event has been canceled.  The Certification Committee is hopeful that we may be able to conduct a certification event in the fall however, not definite plans have been decided at this time.  Please check back on this site for future notifications

The Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)  

is pleased to announce the next

Mediator Assessment and Certification Day

on Sunday, May 3, 2020

in Largo, Maryland.


   The core of the assessment/certification process is a one hour videotaped mediation role-play during which the candidate mediates a case with two parties and is reviewed by two MCDR certified assessors.  Using a tested skills assessment instrument drawn from that designed by Family Mediation Canada, the two assessors independently assess mediator candidates on three dimensions:  how they manage the process of mediation; how they manage the content of the mediation; and, how they manage the relationships of the parties.  Candidates may choose from several different types of role-plays including a divorce/custody case, a workplace dispute, a civil case, and a community dispute.

   All candidates receive oral feedback from role players and assessors as well as written assessments and a DVD of their one hour mediation. Candidates who do not satisfy the criteria for certification are invited to participate in the process again within one year at no additional cost.


   Key Bridge Foundation in Largo, Maryland is kindly hosting this event at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2020.  Key Bridge Foundation is located at:  9301 Largo Dr W #205, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.


   Send your completed application, one-page self-statement and application fee ($325 for MCDR members; $395 for non-members) to:  MCDR, c/o Barbara Blake Williams, 5938 Iron Frame Way, Columbia, Maryland  21044.  Application deadline is Friday, 4/20/2020.

   To find links to the application form and the self-statement guide respectively, click the link below, then scroll down the page and click on the highlighted reference words: Click Here for the Application


   Mediators who are interested in discussing the assessment process are welcome to contact MCDR Certification Committee Chair Ramona Buck at or 443-418-0392. 

More information can also be found at:


   Participating as a role player is a great way to observe how the process works before becoming a candidate.  To volunteer as a role player or for more information, please contact Ramona Buck at or 443-418-0392. 


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     MCDR is the oldest membership-based organization in Maryland dedicated to promoting the use of mediation and supporting

the mediation profession.  We have a proud history of successfully advocating for allowing multiple professions to practice mediation,

halting attempts to restrict the practice some fifteen years ago.  MCDR is the first organization to establish performance based criteria

now in use as a national model, part of an ongoing dialogue on quality assurance and mediator credentials.

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