Our team of volunteer mediators is an integral part of the DRC. The professionals who mediate for the DRC have received extensive training. All DRC mediators have completed 40-hour classroom training and have been mentored by experienced mediators. The majority of our mediators have advanced training or significant work experience in specialized areas, and our governed by the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics adopted by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Those Standards and Code of Ethics can be found here, or you can download them from the TMCA website by clicking here.
The mediators at the DRC come from a variety of backgrounds including business, government, education, health care, and many are lawyers. What they all have in common is a strong desire to assist others to effectively manage and resolve conflict. They are great listeners and communicators who are skilled at guiding people through the conflict resolution process with neutrality, confidentiality, sensitivity and fairness. DRC mediators do not make decisions or provide legal advice or advocate for either party.
To insure the “affordable” aspect of our mission, all DRC mediators (both lay and attorney) are volunteers who donate their time and expertise as a community service and receive no compensation. If you are interested in volunteering for the DRC, you may click here to download our Application and Volunteer Agreement.