Center announces mediation training in Wayne County for March and April

Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center (WCDRC), a community based nonprofit organization, is currently seeking volunteers for mediation training to further its mission of helping change the culture of conflict in Wayne County.

WCDRC is one of 18 dispute resolution centers in Michigan, and provides mediation services for Wayne County's Third Circuit, Juvenile, and Probate Courts as well as mediations for general civil, small claims, landlord-tenant, neighbor disputes, elder care and Child Protective Services.

WCDRC school programs include restorative practices, special education mediation and facilitation, truancy prevention mediation, peer mediation services and independent party mediations.

"Mediating disputes can be an extremely rewarding experience as our mediators truly make a difference in people's lives," said David Robinson, executive director of WCDRC. "Serving as a volunteer mediator is a valuable way to give back to the community."

According to Robinson, WCDRC volunteer mediators receive 40 hours of a state-approved training session from highly regarded and qualified experts in their field.

"Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds," added Robinson. "Many are current or retired teachers, social workers and attorneys who want to provide pro bono services."

Attorney Niccole Maria Hudson, a 2019 Archer Pro Bono honoree, was recently featured in the January-February 2020 issue of "Detroit Lawyer" for volunteer mediation services she provided to WCDRC.

Licensed Professional Counselor Cartrenia Colbert, who completed WCDRC's mediation training for domestic and civil issues in 2013, recently shared how serving as a volunteer mediator has impacted her life.

"I have a passion for working with teens," said Colbert. "When I can talk with parents and change the environment for children in a positive way, it's a wonderful feeling to know I've made a difference in the life of a child. It's a natural high."

Registration is now open for General Civil and Domestic mediation training sessions that are held at WCDRC's offices located in the Dearborn Atrium, 835 Mason, Suite C30, in Dearborn.

The 40 hours General Civil training session will be led by Barbara Johannessen and held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day on March 20, 21, 27, 28 and April 3.

Domestic Relations mediation training of 40 hours and an additional eight hours of Domestic Violence screening training led by attorney Zena D. Zumeta will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day on April 16-18, and April 23-25.

For additional information about Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center at and to apply for the General Civil or Domestic training sessions, please call WCDRC at 313-561-3500 or email As class size is limited, early registration is highly recommended.

Published: Thu, Feb 13, 2020