The Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, Inc. (CSVMC) was founded in 2010 to provide a place where people in conflict could be assisted in having constructive conversations. CSVMC offers custody mediations for Snyder and Union counties, but our services are available to the SUN area and residents of neighboring counties. Mediations are held in both Selinsgrove and Lewisburg.
What We Do:
While the majority of those served by CSVMC are referred by the courts for custody and visitation issues, many others have also used the Center’s services to deal with other kinds of conflicts. In addition to mediation sessions, CSVMC:
Offers “Kids First”, an instructive workshop for parents and other caregivers who are parenting and caregiving from different households.
Trains 7th graders to be peer mediators, both at the Selinsgrove Area Middle School and the REC.
Facilitates Crisis/Rapid Response meetings designed to help families involved in the child welfare system have a greater voice, gather their support people close to them, and develop a broader safety net for themselves and their children.
Holds listening sessions with formerly incarcerated adults and service providers to incorporate the voices of those impacted by the system in measures that will improve conditions and reduce recidivism.
Provides conflict training for area organizations to teach principles and skills that they can use to be more effective at their work sites and beyond.
Mediates interpersonal conflict between community members.
Our volunteer mediators are available 6 days a week to mediate for their neighbors and community members on any topic from custody or other family conflict to neighbor disputes. The majority of participants say that mediation helps them get clearer about the issues they face, helps them communicate with the other party, helps them consider things from the perspective of the other person and feel it helps the other does the same.
The Center uses the Transformative Model of mediation, which emphasizes the dignity and choice of the parties. Mediation is voluntary, and our mediators work to support empowerment and clarity, not drive towards a solution or agreement.
The Center’s 30 volunteer mediators, working together in pairs of two, facilitate communication between people in conflict and help them find constructive ways to move forward.