March is Mediation Month in the Commonwealth

March is “Mediation Month” in the Commonwealth. This observance was established to recognize and honor the work of conflict resolution practitioners and mediators in courts and other resolution centers across Virginia. To celebrate Mediation Month, the Alexandria Library and Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) will co-sponsor a panel of trained mediators from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, located at 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22304. 

There is no charge for the program and light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available.

Differences of opinion and wrong assumptions are a part of daily life, but sometimes they spin out of control. Differing viewpoints can trigger anger, disputes and anxiety, leaving an individual frustrated, discouraged and sleep deprived.  These disputes can occur just about anywhere and with anyone – between employees and bosses, tenants and landlords and teachers and parents.   Left unresolved, these disputes can be disruptive at least and dangerous at their worst.

Learn how to resolve these issues through the mediation process. The program will include information on how to incorporate mediation into your daily life to help resolve disputes and how to access mediation services at Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax small claims courts. Free mediation is offered onsite at these courts and if your case cannot be resolved, it can go to trial that day.

For additional information, contact Cindy Thornley, Central Library Manager, at 703.746.1728.