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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer mediators at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) are at the core of our mission and are at the forefront of practice in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field. At CCR, volunteers have a unique opportunity to mediate a wide range of high conflict, high emotion disputes with diverse parties.

Ways to Volunteer with the Center for Conflict Resolution:

Mediator Mentorship Program

In order to be a volunteer mediator with CCR, individuals must participate in an intensive training program called the Mediation Mentorship Program (MMP).

The MMP is a 3-month mentorship program designed to prepare individuals to meet CCR's strict performance-based evaluation standard. Once they meet this standard, MMP participants commit to providing at least 18 months of top-quality mediation services in CCR's programs throughout the Chicagoland area. A prerequisite of the MMP program is recent completion of a 40-hour Mediation Skills Training (more details and approved trainings below).

Mediator Mentorship Program (MMP)

Mediator Mentorship Program 2023 Cycle Two


Application & Important Info

  • All applicants are required to attend one of the following info sessions via Zoom:

    • Session #1 - Tuesday, March 7th, 2023  9:30 -10:30 a.m.​ RSVP HERE

    • Session #2 - Thursday, March 9th, 2023 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  RSVP HERE

  • Download the program details HERE

  • Download the application HERE

  • Applications due on Monday, March 13th , 2023 by 9:00 a.m.

  • Mentorship begins at orientation session on Monday, April, 10th, 2023 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Prerequisites - Determine which training track is required for you

Applicants are required to participate in an approved 40-hour Mediation Skills Training within the last 18 months of submitting an application (extended to 24 months for the 2023 application period). See full list of approved trainings below.

If you completed an approved non-CCR training within the last 24 months, you must also attend a one-day training called 

Mediate the CCR Way: Essentials of the CCR Mediation Model to get oriented to the CCR model. PLEASE NOTE: due to scheduling and resource limitations, we are unable to offer an Essentials course that coincides with this application cycle. If you need to take this course to be eligible for application, please contact our Volunteer Director, Israel Putnam ([email protected])  


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312-922-6464 Ext. 214


Center for Conflict Resolution

Title: 40-hour Mediation Skills Training

Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB USA)
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center

De Paul University
College of Law Center For Dispute Resolution
Title: “Mediation Certificate Training Course”

Dispute Resolutions, Inc.
Broward County Bar Association Conference Center
Title: “Circuit Civil Mediation Certification Training”


Dominican University

Title: Mediation Skills Training

Harvard Law School

Harvard Negotiation Institute 

Title: “Mediation Workshop”


ICLEF (Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation)

Title: “Civil Mediation Training”

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Title: "40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training"

Mediation, Inc.

Title: “Civil Superior Court Mediation”

Miller, Andy B Mediation Skills, Inc.

Title: A 40-hour Performance Based Mediation Skills Training

National Judicial College
Title: “Civil Mediation”

Northwestern University
Title: “Mediation Skills Training”

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Pepperdine University School of Law
Title: “Mediating the Litigated Case”

CCR Training Information, Dates, and Registration:

The Components of the MMP

  • Orientation to meet mentors and cohort

  • Fixed training dates with the entire cohort to cover topics like, Agreement Writing, Co-Mediation, Adapted Model Mediation for Court, and Using Technology in Mediation

  • Flexible, self-scheduled weekly training appointments with personal mentor for simulated mediations and skills-based exercises

  • Practical exam in a simulated mediation to achieve certification in the CCR model

  • 18-month commitment to mediate at least twice per month once certified

  • For more specifics, download the Program Details resource HERE 

Certification as a CCR Volunteer Mediator:

CCR Volunteer Mediators are trained, mentored and certified using a performance-based evaluation standard. In order to become certified as a CCR mediator, prospective volunteers must be able to demonstrate a master skill level in the CCR Mediation Model. CCR sets a high standard for training and certification – we work to provide the very highest level of service to our clients.

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