Northern Community Mediation (NCM) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose purpose is to help people resolve their conflicts through mediation rather than through litigation or arbitration. This twenty-three year old organization is one of 18 centers throughout the state of Michigan that constitute the Citizen Dispute Resolution Program, a legislatively-created program under the umbrella of the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO).
Although NCM's primary purpose is to offer mediation services, it also provides other opportunities. Through workshops, NCM trains individuals by providing them with the skills to avoid and prevent conflict, to recognize when outside help is needed in resolving conflict, and to de-escalate conflict into a manageable process. Through special programs, NCM helps individuals avoid the stress of litigation by providing them with skills to cope with their problems. Through educational trainings, NCM strives to provide programs of a preventative nature.
In 2016, Matt Mikus from the Petoskey News-Review interviewed Dr. Jane Millar, the Executive Director of Northern Community Mediation. To listen to the podcast, click on the following link: