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Mediation Services of Adams County (MSAC) is a locally-based organization composed of board certified volunteer mediators who provide training in mediation and negotiation skills, as well as conflict resolution services for individuals and groups.

To have an adequate pool of trained mediators available to help people work through strained family relationships, neighbor disputes, or other conflicts, we need to keep our volunteers up to date on the best mediation practices.

This April we are offering an exciting training that focuses on transformative mediation. The primary goal of transformative mediation is to foster the conflicting parties’ empowerment and recognition, enabling them to approach their current problem, as well as later problems, with a stronger, more open view. The mediators are given tools to successfully help people deep in conflict to solve their own problems and to create their own powerful solutions. The course is designed for anyone who is curious about how to better deal with the conflict in their own lives also.

MSAC’s volunteer mediators, and anyone else who is interested, may take the 22-hour mediation course. This in-person workshop will be followed up with 4 hours of role play on Zoom. Once the course is completed, attendees may consider volunteering for MSAC as a mediator.

MSAC’s transformative mediation training will be facilitated by Susan Jordan, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center, Inc in Selinsgrove, PA. Susan is a certified mediator and trainer with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc.

The class meets on three consecutive days:

  • Thursday April 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday April 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday April 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:  Gettysburg United Methodist Church – 30 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA  17325

Cost:  $275/per person or $250 early bird by April 10, 2022. A reduced fee of $150 will are available for individuals from non-profit organizations or churches.

Please make checks payable to:  Mediation Services of Adams County Inc.

Remit to P.O. Box 4113, Gettysburg, PA  17325

If you have questions, feel free to call 717-334-7312

If you would like more information about Transformative Mediation Training, please contact Mediation Services of Adams County, 717-334-7312, P.O. Box 4113, Gettysburg, PA 17325,

email mediationac@yahoo.com 


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Patti Robinson moved from Utica, NY to Gettysburg, PA six years ago. She has a degree in psychology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and has worked as an in home autism therapist and in the Hamilton College Psychology Department as an editorial assistant of a super geeky journal. She has worked as a mediator for the Unified court system, Child Court Improvement Project, The Peacemaker Program Inc and she serves on the board of Mediation Services of Adams County. Patti is certified in many types of mediation including; divorce, child permanency, police/citizen, small claims, landlord/tenant and is currently working as a community mediator. She and her husband Doug live just south of town on a 22 Acre registered wetland with their three tiny and two giant dogs and two normal sized swans.

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