About Mediation

Mediation…it’s a powerful thing!

People in conflict often feel weak and self-absorbed. This fuels the dispute, reducing the likelihood that they can effectively communicate with one another. Transformative mediation empowers people to develop effective communication skills that help them solve problems and resolve future conflicts, as well.

That’s where we come in!

Our trained, experienced volunteer mediators help people in conflict express themselves more clearly and listen more effectively. These skills create the opportunity for amicable resolution of disagreements ranging from child custody to elder care to neighborhood disputes. In using the services of the Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, residents of Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties can avoid costly litigation, which many are unable to afford. The center’s efforts reduce the caseloads and expense burden for area courts, while providing mediators with a meaningful, rewarding volunteer opportunity.

Why try mediation?

Not all conflicts are best resolved in court, even when the parties involved can afford the litigation costs. When the people involved will have ongoing contact, they may be well¬served to learn to deal effectively with each other.

In fact, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found that mediation is superior to litigation in conflicts regarding child custody and visitation, and has instituted a rule of civil procedure which allows local courts to require all parties in custody disputes to consider mediation before their cases may be litigated.

Our mediators work closely with the courts of Snyder and Union Counties, where judges refer parties in custody cases for mandatory mediation orientation. Following orientation, most parties agree to mediate their differences, and many child custody disputes are amicably resolved in mediation, thus avoiding the cost, delay and public airing of the conflict inherent in court proceedings. Parents are able to come to terms that help their children through a difficult transition, while avoiding the friction that is part of contesting differences in court. Perhaps just as important, through mediation, estranged couples take the first critical steps toward getting past their personal conflict to work together in the interest of their children.

Mediation is an effective tool for eldercare, landlord/tenant, business/consumer, workplace, neighbor, family and other disputes.

Take the first step, it’s easy.

Please call 570-374-1718 or email casecoordinator@csvmediation.org if you feel our services may help you or someone you know.

Mediations are held in both Selinsgrove and Lewisburg.